I have an opportunity to take a Senior role at a firm just smaller than Big 4 from a regional firm. This will be my 3rd job change in 6 years. So changing firms roughly every 2 years. The thing is… I am consistently getting huge pay increases. First change I went up 17%, the second was 30% if you just look at base or 16% if you include annual bonus. I am yet again looking at a 12% increase. But fear staying a Senior forever if this keeps up, what are thoughts on job hopping like this?

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You really should stay somewhere til manager just so you can move up in terms of getting out of the weeds (unless you love being there then doing so for more $$$ isn’t so bad).

Curious though, how much are you making as senior? Because you could be winning the job hopping game or you could have just been underpaid to begin with. I feel like most the offers that come my way aren’t particularly large in terms of pay increases unless they come with substantially higher workloads

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I don’t know specifics for baker tilly’s pay bands but $140K sounds very reasonable if not even a little conservative

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I hear that jumps should typically be 20-30%+ in TC, but if you’re trading up in firm prestige, it may be worth it for it to be lower. 12% increase is too small to jump for.

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have you been a senior the entire 6 years?

Other than the first 1.5 years when I first started and about 11 months when I switched to industry yes

if you accept another senior position, you likely will at minimum wait a year until promotion. likely two. firms don’t usually care about your experience prior to joining. they’ll lie and say that they will offer you a lower position and revisit the promotion in 3-6 months.

eventually you need to park somewhere and get manager.

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Why do you leave each time ? Are you chasing money or or not learning ? At this point in your career you should be looking to develop a career with a network a strong mentors.

Mainly the $

Sounds like you were underpaid. You are closing in on the higher end of the pay band for senior at most firms. Also, the percent increase you get once you make manager might not be as high if you are already making significantly more than your senior peers.

What’s funny is that the potential salary I’m looking at now would probably be my salary if I stay at my current firm and make manager in 1 or 2 years from now

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