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Old 08-02-2016, 01:01 PM   #141
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Today the jobs don't pay much more than what they paid over 30yrs ago.
Hopefully that's sarcasm?

I started my first engineering Job in 1986 - $27k, thought I was rich. I just hired a basically new grad engineer (1 yr experience) for $72k...
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:04 PM   #142
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Hopefully that's sarcasm?

I started my first engineering Job in 1986 - $27k, thought I was rich. I just hired a basically new grad engineer (1 yr experience) for $72k...
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.
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:22 PM   #143
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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.
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