[quote]Originally posted by mmaster:
<strong>salary depends greatly also on the area and the type of company you are with. Companies like Apple, IBM, and Microsoft pay a premium for their workers because they want the best to stay competitive against the other big players. If you work at a smaller company many times you will be making 10-20K less for a job with the same title. It usually does not mean you are being short changed though because the work will be less challenging which is why there are more people that can fulfill the the position and thus the lower salary.
For hardware it depends on what your job is. Jobs in chip design (both architecture and vlsi) pay more than other EE/CE jobs. I know people in chip design in Nashua who started at 70K with a B.S. Average starting salary for people from my school who got software related jobs was around 60-65K. Companies like MS, Amazon, Apple, Trilogy, Intel, HP, and IBM paid at or above the top of this range. Companies that don't need as good of workers such as Lockheed and CA paid only around 48-55K (probably part of the lower salary is these companies are located in lower living cost places). The average for EE jobs was about the same with the chip and IC guys getting 70+K and the telecom guys bringing in the rear with below 60K.
Job market has been slow this year and last, so many people graduating won't be getting jobs. It kind of sucks, but their is nothing you can do about it other than spending a few more years in college to wait it out. If you have a job already then working really hard to hold on to it is a good idea. Wait until the market improves before you think about jumping ship. During my job search I looked at places like Monster and HotJobs and they have probably less than 10 percent of the listings they had during the tech boom. On campus recruiting at my school this year is less than 30 percent of what it was 2-3 years ago. More than half the people I know will be unemployed when they graduate.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Thanks for making me feel better, I thought I was getting totally ripped off. BTW, my company is not small, but in terms of software, we are. We have ( at last check, it goes down all the time ) about 80,000 employees worldwide but, I would guess, less than 1,000 do software. If you don't know where I work, look at my location and make a guess. What company has 80,000 employees located in Rochester, NY. Yup you guessed it, Kodak. Here is what I work on: <a href="http://www.kodak.com/go/digitalminilabs