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Hi,
According to salary.com a software engineer with 4-6 years experience is listed with a median salary of $75,000.00. Does this sound realistic to you?
Would anyone advise what they thought the lowest fair salary offer in the Boston,MA area would be for someone with 4 years of Java,HTML,JDBC,XML type of experience?
Thanks for any input.
 
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As a hiring manager in Boston, it's not unrealistic to me Back around 93-94 starting salary for MIT CS majors was about 40-45k. So 4-6 years experience would put it about 75k. Obviously you need a COLA (cost of living adjustment) for that, and then also consider that some companies are screwing new hires. For any given person, it depends on skill set, but it doesn't sound totally off base.
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Thanks very much, I appreciate your input.
 
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Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
[...] also consider that some companies are screwing new hires.


I would agree, and add that some companies are screwing many of their long-term employees in one fashion or another, also. The trend I am am seeing now is that companies are no longer wanting long-term employees, if they can help it, for whatever reason (mostly financial). Many are "shifting" their salary and benefits packages to tailor the young and/or short-term employees. For instance, my company recently changed their benefits package such that new hires (vacation weighed up-front), single people (lower-cost insurance and rebates), and short-term employees (no retiree insurance and pension) are benefitted most. Good move for their bottom line, but at what overall cost I wonder?
 
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