Originally Posted by Big_Hitter
agreed - entry level pay has definitely kept up with CPI. I just looked this up actually.
I actually started out lower than $27K in 86/87. I had the lowest starting salary in my graduating class but that fixed itself, eventually.
I always say that the absolute numbers are so misleading. Salary of $27K going up to $72K is just about 3.5% annual rate which is roughly same as inflation so nothing has changed in terms of wages for engineering in last 30 years. But sadly low wage earners have taken a biggest haircut by far after adjusting for inflation.
PS: For the record, I am an engineer working in technical sales so I am not complaining.