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I'm an Information Systems major at a local University in Richmond (VCU). I've been at my internship for about a year now making $11.25/hr from day one. When I first came in, I knew next to nothing about Java and the programming cycle. I worked with various groups trying to learn the entire development cycle (QA, Dev, and Reporting). Now, and for the past 8 months, I work on development projects and contribute as a true developer. I've got experience with core Java, Struts, JSPs, Servlets, XML, HTML, CSS, WebLogic, Tomcat, Apache, ANT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, MySQL, JavaMail, JDBC, Rational Rose, MS Visual Source Safe and MS Office. I also have very little experience with EJBs, C#, ASP.NET, Oracle, VB, Sun Solaris and Linux.
I'm considering asking about a raise since my skillset has grown the way it has. Technically, I'm an Intern Java developer with a year of experience. What kind of $/per should I look for? Thanks in advance.
 
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Check out Salary dot com for a general idea.
Software development magazine just published their 2002 salary survey, once their web site reflects the current issue I will post that url.
 
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Thanks for that link.
The lowest in my area for a Programmer I is ~$39k/year, ~$19/hr. I'm starting to think $15/hr is fair. I fit the description perfectly for Programmer I by salary.com. Any other opinions?
 
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Stick with unix, more money in the long run.
 
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James Davis:
- If you are working for the University - then consider the $11.25/hour a decent salary. If you are working for a private company - then I think you could ask for $14-$15k/hour.
- On the downside - Java jobs are tough to come by in this market - and without a degree, you are going to have a rough time in the open market - even with experience.
- I'd hit up some of the other guys in your organization about this. Perhaps you can get a better feel from them.
- If you had your degree (BS-CS or similar) - your starting salary would be in the US$45K area - which translates to US$22.50/hour.
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Thanks for the reply. I currently work in a private company outside my University. I'm thinking 14-15/hr is fair. Now I just need to present my "case" to my boss. :scared:
 
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James:
- Does this company have performance reviews? Regular employees have a "performance review" at least once a year - sometimes more often. It is at this meeting that salary is often discussed.
- Not sure if companies would do this for internships.
- I would approach the sitution as such:
1. Ask your colleagues if company holds "performance reviews" for interns.
2. Go about asking your supervisor for a "perfomance review". Meaning you would like to schedule such a "review" with your supervisor.
Reason for item #2 - it will provide a neutral ground for which to present your case. The last thing you want is a confrontation with your supervisor.
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If you earned SCJP in last year - since starting at company - that would be your ticket to a pay raise.
Just my opinion.
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Yup, you're way underpaid. But it beats not having a job at all.
Interns usually have no leverage when it comes to raises. If you're graduating soon, talk about the opportunities available for you after graduation. Shop around and ask for what your classmates are being offered (or more, since you have a lot of experience). A year's worth of work is almost equal to several summer internships.
I really wouldn't worry about that extra $3/hr while you're still in school (unless you're seriously hurting for cash). The big money difference comes in after your graduate. Work the big deals, don't fret the small stuff.
 
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