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anyone have base salary goals they want to hit by a certain age? just to give myself a concrete goal to work towards. I’m 27 and want to hit $200k+ base by the time I’m 30.

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My advice is to set growth goals. Rather than “this is how much money I want to earn by 30,” think “This is the kind of thing I want to be able to accomplish by 30.“ That will be far more useful to you in important decisions like what job do you want on what kind of team, in which kind of companies or industries. What you choose to do outside of work or even how hard to work on which things on your plate. It also means you can stop worrying about the politics of a company and fretting over promotions and let you focus on the work. If you get bored or stop learning, go somewhere else. Over time you will grow, so the work will get better, and so your paycheck will balloon. That’s the right order to think about it in.

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'this is how much money I want to make by 30' is also a 'this is the kind of thing I want to be able to accomplish by 30' 😉

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I hit all my salary goals and then I realized I was working in toxic workplaces that valued money over people. Now I'm at 120k (much less than than my "goals") at a job I love working with some of the best brands in the world. If salary goals are your goal, just make sure you're happy at each job you work at too. :D

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Chase experiences not money. Also chasing money will lead you towards jobs you may not like. If I had Chase money I would have been an MD at accenture in an area that bores me to tears eons ago. I chased the stuff I like - 20 years later....I still love waking up every day. (also get paid well)

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This is great! Totally agreed!

Please don't laugh, but I want 7 digits TC by 50 ....

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If you include cents 7 digits is easy to do ;)

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I'm in the wrong biz

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You and me both.

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It was $100k, then $200k, then $350k and currently I want $500k- my life was a lot simpler when I was just after the $100k… Hedonic treadmill…the number keeps moving pick a different goal…

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$5mm net worth by 45 (I am 33, 1.5mm current net worth) That’s my retirement number.

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You should be able to within the next 5 years or so but you will have to be jumping around intelligently and making choices primarily based on TC. Otherwise, on a more leisurely trajectory you might be looking at by 35.

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$200k by 35 would work for me.

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Yeah. It's not an unrealistic goal.

6 figures by 25

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Making more is always great, but after a night out at a bougie restaurant with my $18 cocktail and $15 appetizer and a $100 bill walking past the homeless dude sleeping on the street with his dog in a tent makes me rethink my place in this world. It's all relative I suppose.

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context— I’m a designer at a <1000 employee SF tech company you may have heard of. I’m expecting raises 1x a year and am currently working towards a promotion. Currently at 160 base.

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400k by 32. Currently at 275k at 26

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What do you do?

300k TC by 35. Probably will have to leave D 🤣🤡

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I have about that and it all goes on my mortgage and looking after my family

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Why those numbers and age?

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