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What’s the most dramatic jump in salary you’ve managed? At what position did you go from feeling underpaid to over/appropriately paid?

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About 28% but I was extremely underpaid. So now I’m just underpaid.

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Went from making 90k as a Senior CW to 250k my first year freelancing.

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Speaking as a freelancer with a similar pay jump I had a mix of W2 and 1099 income so some of it got taxed outright. I still cleared over $200K after taxes. Good accountant will make the write offs really work hard for you come tax time.

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when I made VP the first time - 40% bump

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I went from a Senior making $85 to an ACD role making $140. Easily my biggest jump by %

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I got a 20% increase once. That second thing hasn’t happened yet.

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Went from 65k to 115k

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Doubled my salary after leaving my first industry job (where I was getting grossly underpaid)

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My second job (I was freelancing) went from $25/hr to $100/hr moving from a publisher to an agency doing basically the same work 🥲

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$45k (entry level) > $65k (promotion, +45%) $65k > $80k (requested salary adjustment, +23%) A couple years of annual merit raises later... $93k > $127k (next title & new agency, +37%)

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I went from $55K to $105K from mid to senior, I was working without a raise at that first gig though for like 5 years though so that was dumb of me. This year I went from $105-$275, this time I went to work for myself, freelance babyyy 💸

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Went from a senior being paid $80k to $120k.

50% jump doing a lateral move from Publicis to another agency.

58% increase in a lateral move to tech

Side note: agency backfilled my role as a Senior with a Manager level hire. Feels both vindicating and like a slap in the face… but I’m making WAY more money either way, so 💃🏻

I went for an absolutely sh*t of a salary to a not-so-great salary. That was a 77% increase.

Move from out in the sticks to London, trebled my salary.

Now you must add some bass to even things out.

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30k jump in pay from big shitty ad agency to a much smaller agency.

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