Originally Posted by doglivehk
ic..then how much % of salary increase do programmers normally can expect annually in usa?
Well if starting salary averages around $50,000, and after 5 years the average is around $90,000-$100,000, that's a $10,000 increase per year. Percentage-wise that is 20% increase the first year, 16% increase the second year, 14% the third year, 12% the fourth year, and 11% the fifth year. Of course this is just for video game programmers, I can't speak to other fields, except simulation programming, which is similar to video game programming but usually pays about 10-15% more. Video game programming is generally much more relaxing and interesting, unless simulation programming is really exciting for someone.
The gaming industry is volatile though, some studios bank everything on a game and if the game doesn't sell well the studio shuts down and lays off everyone, it's good to find a stable company that is continually working on well selling products. Here's some information about 2010 salaries: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/3...ey_Results.php
Originally Posted by Awaz
God...those are some salary numbers you guys are quoting...I am 10 years into IT and my salary is around 70k (+ company contribution to benefits) right now. My only saving grace is that my po-dunk town does not need much to live well.
I am trying to teach myself C# right now. And it is correct that after full day of work and family things to take care of, it is hard to get motivated. But like someone pointed out, it is necessary to set a goal. My goal as to create a small utility using C# to automate one aspect of my job that will make my life easier. I am planning on proposing this utility to other divisions of my company that deals with similar situation and hoping to make it more robust (and perhaps make some more money - maybe the 100K+ salary you guys quoting - by getting promoted
Depends on the IT position, I make more money than all but one IT person in our building, and that one guy is the IT manager for the entire studio. I'm not quite to the 100k mark yet, however I'll likely hit that in the next two years as long as everything goes smoothly (like not having another big economic recession dip). It sounds like a good plan you have though, doing things like saving the company a lot of money is a good way to get a promotion, just make sure the stakeholders in your salary and position understand that it was you that make it and exactly how much it will save them. Never fails that some douche tries to take credit for things they didn't do, I always make it crystal clear what work I did, and did without help. I've had managers try and claim that it was their idea and that they've guided me, so I make sure to document my process so nobody can make claims like that.Edited by lordikon - 8/23/11 at 8:53am