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Hi all,
Can any one let me know the salary a person with newly acquired java skill can start off ? I am BS comp science from India and also an SCJP .One of the consulting firm is offering me 45K in non-CA region. Is that okay a salary?
Also can any one tell me the regions in USA where cost of living is not very high (like CA) and where there are good oppurtunities for java.
Any comments are welcome.
Thanx to all
 
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I have seen few other postings like this, (http://www.javaranch.com/ubb/Forum37/HTML/000142.html), they might have the answers for your question...
 
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Rajesh,
There are a ton of java and IT jobs in the Washington DC/Northern Virginia/Southern Maryland area where I live now. Companies around here have gone through the same layoffs as the whole industry recently, but the need for java and xml developers is still very strong. I come from the Silicon Valley in California, so I know firsthand that it is a lot cheaper in the DC area (especially as you get a bit further away from DC) than in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you're interested, you might want to check out www.washtech.com for possible jobs in the DC area.
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Thanx Mr.David for your suggestion. I will definitely look out for jobs in washington DC area.
 
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Rajesh:
California - Silocon Valley seems to have the highest cost of living in USA at the present time.
Philadelphia, PA is fairly reasonable, as is most of Pennsylvania. The cost of living in Pittsburgh is less that Philadelphia.

New Jersey has rediculous (very very high) property taxes - so the rents there tend to be quite expensive. For example, a $500/month apartment in Philly area would go for around $700/month in New Jersey.
In comparing salaries with fellow students...
For new graduates with BS-Computer Science - the rate around the Philly area is in the US$42K-$47K range. The rates seem to stay the same whether you work in the suburbs or in the city.
For new graduates with MS-Computer Science - the offers were in the $55 - $65K range.
One student (BS-Electrical Engineering and BS-Computer Science) was offered $60K/yr in the downtown Boston, Mass. area. He showed me the offer letter. This was the only "out of normal range" offer that I saw among 15 students. I figure it was due to the double major plus the higher cost of living expected in Boston.
Myself (with MS-Comp Sci) received an offer two weeks ago for a Silicon Valley job that paid $15K/yr above any other offers I had received. Goes to show how expensive that area of the country is.
One place that does not seem to pay higher wages (contrary to what you would expect) is New York City (Manhattan, etc.). The offers I saw were the same as the New Jersey offers.
I would say the $45K/yr offer you received from the consulting company is a fair offer. Get your foot in the door and see where your talents lead you.
John Coxey
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[This message has been edited by John Coxey (edited December 11, 2000).]
 
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