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Has anyone had to handle the uncomfortable salary conversation with account execs that are the same level as you? Was asked flat out for my salary today and it was 25k more than a friend's. How do you justify?

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I have a similar annoyance. Everyone assumes I’m underpaid along with them so when I talk about taking a pricy trip or something, they think I have parents helping when my parents didn’t even really help with school. I find it a bit ignorant and insulting.

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And it’s a supply/demand and skill set issue. it’s as simple as that. ask your favorite recruiter about how many good resumes they get for every account position vs every analytics position.

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Most people in analytics could easily make more in other industries to do the same math. Agencies know that and pay accordingly. I turned down a consulting offer because it was more, but not enough more to justify traveling 4 days/week

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You don't ever have to answer what you make and it's crossing a line to for someone to push. If they somehow know, my answer would be, "feel free to pull a raw data report from one of the data platforms and let me know how it goes haha.

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Unfortunately at my company we are pushing "comms marketing" so everyone thinks they're digital.. but agreed

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it’s interesting - I was going to say that you can always not answer but. then remembered I’d been a similar situation.

I was bemoaning my lack of a promotion (and being subordinate to a number of VPs on the account side) and was told that I made more than all of them. (adding to the awkwardness, I was younger than all of them and had been at the agency far less time).

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Most folks know that analytics people make way more than other departments, so next time you're in this situation just tell them that.

This will happen to you lots more times in your career, though. Learn some key phrases - 'I'm doing very well for myself right now', 'I'm very fortunate', one day you might be back in their shoes again.

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My friend at FB is making 225 :( but I don't want to move down to Bay Area

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Dafuq does your friend at FB do?

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With a PhD?

MS in stat

Hmmm are they hiring asking for a friend

Yeah they are.

Hmmm but can I send over my resume because I have a MS

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