Originally Posted by pihwoah
My career goal is to hit $100k salary which in accounting would put me at a supervisor or manager level, so I wouldn't have to be a director, VP, etc. I started at $30k a few years back so it is a goal I know I can obtain if I am willing to take it.
Totally doable. I started my IT career in 2007 earning $34,000/yr , I went from framing houses to testing software...my back was getting sore from the manual labor of framing.
Fast forward to today, best decision I ever made...now only 8 years later I am earning six figures. It was always my goal to hit this mark at 35 yrs old (I did it a year early so I guess its good to have goals).
Increasing salary that much comes with a trade-off, I had to jump jobs more often than one might like, leaving 6 different companies for bigger pay raises but that also gave me a much more diverse set of skills than my peers in the same group. I have typically been one of the younger folks on my team.
I am not a manager, I just gained enough experience to be classified as a Sr / Lead resource which allows me to demand a much higher pay than my peers. Its easy for me to ask for a higher salary knowing I have a more diverse set of skills and experience. I was never afraid to learn anything new unless it meant sacrificing my work/life balance and that is how I continue to approach my career.
I have another inherint and debatable advantage...I was never saddled with college debt, I do not have a degree, I have SOME COLLEGE, but all of those courses and books were paid out of pocket. This allowed me to take risks my peers simply could not afford to do (like up and moving to an island).