Currently making $95k as senior CW in-house. Was offered $120 for ACD at small shop agency, barely got them up to $125. Am I being low-balled? (Chicago, 8 years experience)

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That seems fair for Chicago from what I’ve seen


Chicago is the home of low-ball salaries. I made more money in Detroit than I did in Chi.


Detroit pays more because it’s hard for people to get jobs elsewhere after having been there a few years.


Pretty standard for Chicago.


95k as a Senior CW?! I’m getting lowballed.

How small is small shop?

Wow, I’m making less than 90k as a Senior. In house seems better but I didn’t think it’d also apply to salaries!

Really? Is Chicago really that much lower than NY? Crazy.

Even Nashville is getting more expensive to live than Chicago. It’s wild

120 is higher than I expected. Not sure you’re getting much more here in Chicago anywhere. Nice job getting the extra 5k.

Acd is 160-180 in nyc rn. I'd take them up to 150 tbh

Highest I made as a senior in Chicago was 85k in 2019.

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