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I currently work for a financial MNC as a java developer with 6 + yrs of experience in Toronto . In 2 - 4 yrs time, I wish to move to Silicon valley. Money is a motivation, but otherwise, it is just the life in general..that I hear about..people owning thier own boats...sunny weather(Toronto is more like Siberia with skyscrapers)..living by the ocean..and in general a high concentration of innovators and smart people.
How much can a 8 - 10 yr j2ee person expect to be paid (i.e. median salary and highest salary) and what job responsibilites are usually associated with the highest salary position? I am looking at the big reputed giants. The names are easy to guess...
Also is Silicon valley a good place for a single person to live?

P.S- I have a bachelors in electrical engineering and before I move to the valley, I probaly won't get anotehr degree. Maybe a professional certification or two.
 
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Victor,
On the boats, they aren't describing the average person. The giants are very competitive. Also keep in mind higher salary in certain areas comes with higher cost of living. And yes, it is a fun place for a single person to live.

As far as average/high, I don't know. Maybe check the job boards.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Victor,
On the boats, they aren't describing the average person. The giants are very competitive. Also keep in mind higher salary in certain areas comes with higher cost of living. And yes, it is a fun place for a single person to live.

As far as average/high, I don't know. Maybe check the job boards.


Thanks. The job boards(Dice) are pretty optimistic. For a 10 yrs experienced person...they are going above 150k.
 
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Victor Ramen wrote:Thanks. The job boards(Dice) are pretty optimistic. For a 10 yrs experienced person...they are going above 150k.



150k won't get you very far in Silicon Valley, and especially not if you have a family.

Cheers!

Luke
 
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Luke Kolin wrote:

Victor Ramen wrote:Thanks. The job boards(Dice) are pretty optimistic. For a 10 yrs experienced person...they are going above 150k.



150k won't get you very far in Silicon Valley, and especially not if you have a family.

Cheers!

Luke


Thanks. What is considered a high end salary for a java tech architect with 8 - 10 yrs exp? In Toronto whre I live now...it is around 120k
 
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