Please describe what you do and how much you make. I'll post mine below.
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The other side of that coin? The pay as a developer is FUCKING SHIT.
Best strategy is to get paid in USD and live in Toronto.
I started at $40000. After 1 year, I'm now at $53000.
I both live and work in Toronto.
Starting salaries today at most silicon valley companies are ~100k or more.
I'm sure the California market is worse though!
These seem to be the typical salaries for what I've noticed from web-based companies in Toronto. And I think it's on the low side. Developers should be paid more.
* Intermediate level (2-4 years): $70-85K
* Senior level (5+ years): $90-120K
And a SF dev is a 3x Toronto dev
and that's almost a 10x ZA dev
10x devs are real?!
Beautiful place though -- I miss it.
I haven't examined alternatives too closely, but I get the sense that I'm approaching the top end of the salaried pay scale around here (GTA).
I encourage you to take employment in US, if that's a possibility for you.
The stack would have been a PHP monolith moving towards small/polyglot microservices with an Angular front-end component.
When I worked for a Toronto firm (1.5 yrs ago), I made 96k doing Angular. Now, I do remote consulting and it's very difficult to find anyone in Toronto willing to match what I currently make. Highest I've seen from a recruiter is 150-160k for a CTO role.
Be prepared to convince people that you can do everything. The Github portfolio / streed cred thing above helps a lot in giving weight to your words.
Look for companies in tech hub cities that do consulting themselves. Even in Toronto, those types of companies have the best offers salary-wise, in my experience. SF is the stupidly obvious choice for tech hub cities and consequently, it's extremely crowded and harder to get into. There are many other US cities that have lively startup scenes.
Startups == funding == people w/ money looking for someone to build their stuff == profit
$150k base, up to 15% bonus.
The numbers compared to my current employment in Cambridge, UK seem fairly similar, I believe living costs are pretty similar too. Not all of us have the ability, or the desire to move to the US!
Moved to a company in the US. Now making $170k USD in total compensation. Exactly 2x previous salary discounting exchange rate.
Incredibly sad how low the tech wages are in Canada.
Works out to taking home 5200 CAD per month.
Not too far from downtown Toronto