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Willie Tsang
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Joined: Nov 20, 2011
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I am currently 2nd year undergrade in NYC. I have some questions on being entry level programmer. When I search online for entry level programmmer salary, and it comes out more than 60k for entry level programmer. Is that really true? and if in a interview, they ask what salary am i looking for, what should i say?
thanks for any advice
Jeanne Boyarsky
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60K sounds close to being right for entry level. NYC is an expensive city. As far as what to say, the choice is to make up a number or say "what the position pays." Many large employers won't ask though as they have a defined entry level salary already.

Many employers in NYC (and elsewhere) expect entry level hires to have a couple months of experience (internships) though. Meaning you aren't truly "fresh off the inexperience wagon." If you haven't started looking for a summer internship, I'd do so.


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Jimmy Clark
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Interpreting online search results can be tricky. In regards to job advertisments, one should use caution as details may not be correct. Also, the definition of entry-level may vary as well as the responsibilities of a "programmer" position. Entry-level can refer to anyone with less than three years of relevant experience. Geography or locality are also relevant to salary. Positions in one area of country may have higher or lower salary than similar position in other location. New York city is on the high-end as the cost of living is high when compared to other sections of the country.

If you are in an interview, you should have a general idea of the salary for the position. When you are asked what salary you are looking for, you should state a general range close to what the position's salary is, never a specific value. For example, mid-fifties, or low, medium hundreds. Salary should be the last thing discussed in detail, not one of the first things. And in general, salary history is "confidential" ... always, especially before any offer is made.
Willie Tsang
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Thanks for your advice. and comments. A follow up quesiton would be, would anyone know what is the general salary for entry level programmer in NYC? generally speaking. I don't know any entry level programmer nor anyone that I know is computer science major. Thanks in advace.
Jimmy Clark
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Not really. "entry-level programmer" is too generic. There are more things to be considered. Industry, company size, company age, position responsibilities, etc. These factors will vary significantly and salaries will vary as well. Also, not all "programming" positions have the term "programmer" in the position title. Sometimes positions use IT Specialist or Associate, others use "entry-level developer" as the title.

Programmers come from many college majors, not only Computer Science, e.g. Mathematics, Art, Physics, Philosophy, English, etc.
Willie Tsang
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Oh i see, thanks for your answers.
 
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