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How to stop chasing numbers? I left PA a few years ago after some rough busy seasons and ended up with a position with much better wlb and compensation. However, I could not stop thinking about getting a higher paid job or comparing my total comp with other peers. I know comparison is the thief of joy but could not help myself…

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Your making 250K with good WLB in accounting…..your doing great. Stop comparing yourself to SWEs.

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Just a minor correction. I’m no longer in accounting but more or less a data analyst/data engineer now. Yes, I understand I can’t compare to SWEs.

I mean, it’s not a terrible idea to pursue higher compensation (as long as you aren’t totally prioritizing money over things that might matter more - WLB, coworkers you like, work you enjoy, experience that will serve you well in the future, benefits, etc). And also keep in mind that sometimes more money in the future actually comes from building loyalty at a company and moving up there, as opposed to constantly jumping around. Sounds like you have a good job with good comp and good WLB. But there’s nothing wrong with periodically analyzing the pros and cons of your current job versus the pros and cons of another job (internal or external) that you have your eye on.

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Thank you! I needed to read this.

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250k??? Gtfo

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How long were you in public accounting? $250k sounds like a lot especially with the good WLB you have. But I also don’t know what your comparing it too. All I can say is if I compare to you I get paid way less 😂. Not sure if that makes you feel better.

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Was at D for 3 years then transitioned to a data analyst type of position then recently switched company twice. Thanks, I appreciate it!

What’s your comp ?

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If I offered you 325 you’d dip

250k how many YOE?

For someone with relevant 5-6 yoe, one could aim for manager position and it could shoot up to 300-350 in a HCOL area. I technically only have 3 relevant yoe so I feel like I should not complain at all and be content with what I was offered. But I can’t help the urge of looking at these exploding offers of the same TC with much less yoe. Even worse, these offers are from strangers from the internet lol

OP, how did you get into data engineering? Asking for a friend and that friend is me

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