Your being hosed by the import of cheap labor called Guest Workers. You
entered the market at the wrong time, the IT sector has taken a direct hit
of cheap imported labor at the end of 2000. Companies have learned to become
cost effective and they want more imports. Later this year expect the limit
cap of  H-1B's imported into North America to be raised or even removed.
Some say we just experienced the first wave of destruction...time will tell.

Regardless, You should never be put in position to ask for a raise. Maybe
its just me, but I view it as a positive reception when the company rewards
you on their own recognition. Your pay depends on several factors, such as
company perks like 100% paid insurance!

The best way to find out how much your worth is to take control of your
position and start  exploring other companies yourself. Dont ever allow your
decision to 'go' or 'stay' be based on what Smith is making at abc company.
Smith making 25k-30k may be because the person is a  deadbeat.While John at
xyz taking in 85k may be because his uncle owns the place or he works 7/24
with no insurance.

Let us know what happens!

...good luck

JoeM

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Frank" <fwk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <midrange-jobs@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 10:26 PM
Subject: What's an RPG Programmer worth these days?


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> I'm interested in knowing what an RPG programmer is worth these days.
When
> I graduated from college in 2000 and got my first RPG programming job, I
was
> paid $35k/year.  I was very happy making $35k right after graduation.
>
> Now, with over 4 years of experience and have been at another job for over
2
> years, I'm still making $35k/year.  Am I being "hosed"?!?!  I think my
> salary should be at least around $45k/year.
>
> With over 4 years of experience programming in RPGIV, what do you think is
> the minimum an RPGIV programmer should be making?
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> If you're a programmer with less than 5 years of experience and making
more
> than $35k/year, would you care to share your salary and state that you're
> in?  Send to me off-list if you'd like.
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> After I get some responses, I'll decide if I need to start looking for
> another job or ask for a raise.
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> Hosed in Tennessee
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