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How does everyone here make 6 figures. I make 54k at 24. What am I doing wrong.

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You need to progress your job responsibilities from supporting (low value work) to owning/decision maker. Reporting can be automated, analysis and recommendations cannot be. You should probably combine up-skilling with job hopping, but job hopping alone will also not help you if you are not growing your skills at the same time

- If there’s a lot of manual work in your job, figure out how to automate it
- As you automate your work, dig deeper and provide recommendations to improve whatever end KPI the report helps support
- Once you can execute your day to day work at max efficiency, then focus on deepening your knowledge of a particular industry or technology. Deep technical expertise + the right perspective to make decisions is your best shot at breaking into 6 figure job
- As you gain trust in your recommendations, this is the point where you really need to have strong soft skills and organizational skills. This along with your deep technical/domain expertise gets you into decision making roles and where you start getting closer to a 200k job
- Once you show you can own something smaller, it’s about continuing to grow into bigger and bigger ownership. Your leadership skills will matter a lot, because the company is paying you not only to make the right calls, but to also build more “clones” of you, since up till this point you have been very impactful to the organization
- Once you have the high in-demand skills to be the go to person to solve “any” problem, then focus on getting a job where you get significant equity. To earn big money, you have to embrace variable comp


Yep feel free

Your 20s are for experience, your 30s are for making leaps in compensation.

FWIW I wasn’t making very much, 37k at 24 in 2007. When the market crashed, my friends in private equity, consulting, and fin svcs were mostly laid off. I kept my job at a fintech startup and because of that experience(working my arse off, wearing so many hats, and managing teams in my early 20s), I had an easier time getting interviews for, and growing into, more senior leadership roles starting in my late 20s. I also followed my curiosity rather than The Path, and that gave me experience with things like human-centered design before it became really popular so I could make a career change. When it became popular, I was very fortunate to already have experience.

Note: When I began earning multiples of my starting salary, I was not very smart and lived paycheck to paycheck. My spending was compensating for being miserable in my new job and the very toxic environment that went along with it... and I didn’t have much to show for it. Many of your peers earning more than you are, and likely many of the people here in this app, are suffering from really toxic work environments and lots of stress.

I ended up leaving, taking a temporary pay cut for a different job, hired a fee-based financial planner who I had to be accountable to, and found a few hobbies that helped me channel job stress into feeling and looking better(running, cooking, biking). Guess what? I saved more and enjoyed my life a lot more even though I was earning less. When I took my next big job with a much bigger paycheck, I was able to do a lot more with my income, take better care of myself and establish my FU Fund. My FU Fund was several months of living expenses saved specifically to give myself options when I managed to take a position reporting to a total sh*thead in an extremely dysfunctional organization. The confidence I got from my FU fund, plus all of those skills I acquired in my 20s while not earning very much opened up some amazing opportunities while being a relatively happy and healthy human.

I hope this helps.

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$60k - 22
$105k - 23
$250k - 26

Switch jobs!


Are these real? Wth did i do at 40?

Real talk, we probably went to better schools


@EY5 wdym

50k - 24
56k- 25
60k - 26

Switched jobs

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Switched job

275k - 34


What’s the point ?


I made the same at that age. Build up tech or strategy skills, move to consulting, and grow your earnings. You will eventually get to 6 figures and more


Good luck!


I barely made $31k at 24 because I had to work entry level positions after UG. Breaking into consulting has helped bring my salary up significantly.

But remember, comparison is the thief of joy. Everyone will have their time.


The game plan and direction are your main prob. If you made a plan and worked towards it, you could get there in reasonable time. Focus yourself, figure out what you want and how to get there, and do it!


Pardon me for saying, but, you’re 24. Calm down. The median HOUSEHOLD income in the US is around $60-70k, depending on various analyses. In a few years, you’ll likely be at the median income at a very young age, as this stat is not adjusted for age (nor is it adjusted for individual vs household). If we did adjust for age, I suspect you are way above the median.

What I believe you are doing is comparing yourself to a small and particular subset of the population. You can keep doing this the rest of your life, until, perhaps, you are comparing yourself to billionaires and still asking what you’re doing wrong.

For reference, I was making $40k at 25. Quadrupled that after 7 years. To the extent you can, pick a field with high earning potential, master the job/field, and watch your income soar. The starting point matters, sure, but so does your pace, once you start the “race” - an apt term, given your post.


Lol keep skilling* is what I meant


I made $44k TC when I was 24, I’m 32 now and make ~$275k TC. I’m certainly not making the most for people my age here, but I’ve always been comfortable and had fun along the way. If you would have told me I’d be making this much at 32 I would have laughed in your face. All that to say, focus on what you want, if it’s money, then focus on getting money.
Always be looking for a job that pays higher and building your skills to reach that next level. Be prepared to jump and constantly be starting over/proving yourself (this is the hard part). I jumped a few times, got promoted a few times and finally broke $200k last year and added another $75k this year. You got this 💪🏼 and I’m sure faster than I did.


Thanks for the advice!


24 - $53k
25 - $75k
26 - $95k
27 - $120k

Jump around and build up in demand technical skills



$55k - 23 (Boutique firm)
$102k - 24 (ZS)
$115k - 25 (ZS)
~ $260k - 26 (started a company 😊)


@C5 haha I see. There was one particular VP at said boutique who had very unorthodox ways of doing things.. I enjoyed working with him. Quite a character.

I’m in my mid 30’s and make 70k. Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t compare yourself with this crowds delightfully inflated salary bands as well. It will drive you insane.


I barely graduated high school, attended a community college with no plan, then ultimately a state school and got my BA. I’m as blue collar as it comes, no mba, no mom and dad connections, no fancy school or anything.

Keep grinding eventually people notice.

21 - $40k - job 1
23 - $50k - job 2
27 - $80k
28 - $115k - job 3 (big 4)
30 - $159k (TC around $170k)

Shooting for $200k+ by 35.


Can you provide more details on your current role? What company? Are you in FP&A? Industry?


Ok - you need to find a way to frame your experience as less of a doer and more of a driver. Pumping out reports isn’t going to elicit a lot of excitement from consulting or tech companies. They want to hear what progress and change have you driven? Did you lead an effort to overhaul and improve the reporting processes at your company? Have you lead any work? Ultimately hiring managers pay a premium for people who can take a very vague ask or identify a broad problem and drive a solution without direction.


Switching jobs will probably be the easiest. Keep on building up leadership experience and technical skills. I honestly didn't care about money until children came into my life.

18-25 Poor!
26 $45k
28 $60k
30 115k
32 130k
35 160k


How can I build leadership skills and technical skills. Im not entirely sure where to start with technical skills.

I didn’t make $100k until I was 30. I’m making $240k TC at 35. Everyone has a different way and comparing yourself to others is the most toxic thing. Learn from them, but don’t doubt your path if you have a strong conviction on what you want and how you want to get there.


Also don’t forget to take into effect CoL. 54k at 24 (depending where you’re at) can be a fine salary that enables you to have a great quality of life. Source: I make 58k in a medium-low CoL city and turn 24 in a couple weeks.



You are being honest


At 24 I made $11k/year working full time and was on food stamps. At 30 I’m making $125k as my base. If I can make it, so can you.


You gotta crawl before you walk. Youre not entitled to 6 figures...also your salary is not indicative of wrong doing. Your salary is representative of your experience. So chill. You’ll get there.


Its natural to compare yourself to others and feel like you aren’t where you should be. But be grateful for what you have and if you want more go get it!

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