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Advise on salary for NC, US

Priyha Jootu
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Joined: Sep 13, 2001
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Hi,
I received a call from some consulting company to work for a BIG client. They asked me how much salary i expect. I have 3.5 years experience overall in java and oracle. I am doing masters in Computer scinece and will be graduating in coming May. I told them around 35$/hr. But she(the consulting company person) fixed me 30$/hr, its becuase i said i expected around 60-65 K/yr. Later i realized i asked very less. I didn't know how to negotiate properly and accepted it. She said there is interview next week.
If I get that job, can I ask her again to increase the salary? She was saying that once I decide on salary, we can go to next step that is the interview, so i am not sure if she will consider increasing again, please advise on this.. how much should i ask for 3.5 yrs exp. and masters degree and can I negotiate again?? I live in Raleigh, North carolina. This position is for Java programmer. Please let me know what is the average salary for east coast for java programmer for 3.5 yrs experience.
Thanks.
[ January 10, 2004: Message edited by: Priyha Jootu ]
Mark Herschberg
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Priyha Jootu
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Thanks Mark.
Is there any good website to calculate the salary for a given experience, location, etc. I tried monster but didn't seem so good. Please let me know.
Thanks.
Ken Boyd
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Joined: Dec 10, 2003
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I think you are not in bad position as others. Still $30 per hour not too bad considering software market is in soft demand. Even people of 7 years of experience get around $35 to $45 with solid experience in J2EE.
1. If you have long term of contract then you can say you got okay deal.
2. If you have short term contract (e.g. 3 months) then you can ask for more after your initial contract period.
3. I am sure once client like your work rate can be negotiated accordingly after short time, if your contract is for 1 year or so.
It varies from person to person how to negotiate for salary! I think you will learn that once you work for sometime.

Hope this help.


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Mark Herschberg
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Joined: Dec 04, 2000
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Originally posted by Priyha Jootu:

Is there any good website to calculate the salary for a given experience, location, etc. I tried monster but didn't seem so good. Please let me know.

Plenty of them, just do a search on salary calculator. You can get information on just about anything on the internet--include fantastic money making deals from Nigeria!
Personally, I don't trust any of those calculators. None have demonstrated to my satisfaction (or even demonstrated in most cases) that their data is valid. In most cases, the sample size is too small and biased, and the factors it takes into account really aren't a good model (although I recognize that better models involve data far too difficult to measure).
--Mark
Otto Hammersmith
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Joined: Dec 18, 2003
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First off, $30/hr != 60-65k/yr. Despite the silly math they use to convince you. The agencies around here (I'm in the same area) don't have any worthwhile benefits that would actually justify driving down the rate that much.
If you've already been submitted, they've quoted a rate to the client. Unless you absolutely wow them in the interview, the client isn't going to want to negotiate. If it's IBM, like I'm guessing, they're pretty much fixed on the rate for the job, no wiggle room.
That said, the agency I *know* has built in anywhere from "some" to a "boatload" of wiggle room. I've never met an agency that wouldn't budge some if you interviewd and have an offer on the table. Less money for them is better than no money. Of course, at this point you have to have the negotiation skills to get them to wiggle... see the other posts already here.
Oh and the rate isn't bad, though you can probably get more. If you don't have any other options it's definitely worth taking over unemployment.
 
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