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My Salary As A Software Engineer In Southern California [OC]

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Your X axis should be spaced proportional to the time actually worked. Then I would just mark significant events to make this graph better.

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OC: 32 points · 29 days ago

How's this? it's doesn't have all the detail OP included, but it gives more perspective on time scale.

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I think a line graph would look better. Yours is technically more accurate considering we don't know how the salary increased between data points but the bar graphs and the coloring make your graph unintuitive to read.

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OC: 31 point · 6 days ago

But their salary doesn't gradually increase every day. It jumps up in increments. The line graph would mean that half way between salary A and B, their salary was (A+B)/2 when in reality it was still A.

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OC: 136 points · 1 month ago

Congratulations on your new job, but I guess, I dunno, it seems rather braggadocios to put a simple graph about your own salary that doesn't show any real time scale between these positions because you made it in Excel and then call it "beautiful".

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8 jobs in 10 years? What did your most recent employers say about your tendency to quit after a year?

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There are professions where staying in the job for a year is seen as stagnation. The old ways are dead. You go where you grow.

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It just seems crazy from my point of view.

I work in digital hardware design. We try to release a new product every year but it’s actually in development for about 3 years. So after one year you haven’t even seen the whole development cycle. It took me months to get familiar with the project and abbreviations, know the relevant people, get used to all the scripting languages, version control system (Clearcase …), in-house tools etc. I’ve been with the company for 3 years now and I’m finally experienced enough to make educated decisions, drive improvements, challenge processes and so on. I could imagine my work maybe getting boring in 3 more years.

Are other industries really that different?

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I used to do pro pastry. If you were in the same kitchen after 8 months, there was a problem. I don't work that way so I started my own business due to the fact that where I live was at that time even more of a culinary wasteland than it is now. But even so, that's the standard for the industry so yes, they are very, very different.

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Software is a bit different. If you spend more than a year developing a piece of software it's outdated on release.

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I've been there -- if a company has drama, poor leadership, incompetent colleagues, or no path forward then you want to exit asap. Working isn't like it used to be where your parents or grandparents would work somewhere for 10+ years. If your skills are in demand and the interview goes well the org will still likely hire you.

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OC: 1Original Poster-3 points · 1 month ago

The data comes from my own CV and my IRS tax returns. I made this in Google Spreadsheets. I have also provided the file on pastebin here if someone wants to make a fancier looking graph.. thanks!

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