| ||Programmer salary in mainland Europe?|
77 points by socialist_coder on Apr 22, 2011 | hide | past | web | favorite | 113 comments |
|I am an American programmer living in Southern California making around $100,000 USD per year. Pretty much your average experienced programmer salary, maybe even a little on the low side.|
I have been applying for programming jobs in San Francisco and in Germany, the Netherlands, and other mainland European countries. I finally got an offer from a company in Austria but the salary was a lot lower than I was expecting, only 45,000 EUR (~$65,000 USD). This is even a "Senior" programmer position!
To put things in perspective, I also got an offer from a company in San Francisco that is a significant raise from my current salary, but that is to be expected given the current programming job market in SF.
I was expecting the pay to be worse in Europe, but not that worse.
The company in Vienna insists that this is a fair salary for the region but I am finding this very hard to believe.
I'm not in this for the money at all, but I also don't want to sell myself short.
Can anyone help me out with their experiences with programmer salary in mainland Europe? Should the disparity be this great?
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