Software developer salaries in 2021

Mystic Twilight

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It’s a little disturbing that experience is the primary indicator and not the type of work being done. I expect that in SA developer jobs are becoming a lot more homogenized.

The two are *normally* interlinked, easy tasks tend to require much less experience to attain/have competency to do it effectively whereas difficult tasks tend to require more experience. The exception would probably be genius level, but even then there would have been some sort of time/experience investment to attain mastery in the appropriate subject/field being applied.
 

cguy

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The two are *normally* interlinked, easy tasks tend to require much less experience to attain/have competency to do it effectively whereas difficult tasks tend to require more experience. The exception would probably be genius level, but even then there would have been some sort of time/experience investment to attain mastery in the appropriate subject/field being applied.
There’s definitely a correlation, however, in my experience (mostly outside SA and some in SA), it’s a smaller factor.

In the US, for example, zero work experience:
- Boot camp web dev: $30-60k/y
- Degree, big tech or bank: $100-150k/y
- Post-grad, boutique finance: $200-300k/y

With various “tiers” and such in between. Point being, one person can start at several fold that of another by factors other than experience and no matter how much experience one gets, it’s unlikely to be the dominant factor unless you’re comparing 0 years with 10+ years.
 
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