Moving From Public to Private Sector and Getting Paid
September 23, 2009 6:33 PM Subscribe
How can I transition from a public-sector web job to a private-sector job and get a good private-sector salary?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a web developer with over 10 years experience in the industry, and I've been working as a web application developer in a Bay Area university for the last seven years. I develop web applications and content management systems, and I have experience in information architecture, graphic design, and copy editing.
I'm looking for a private-sector job due to budget cuts making the university position untenable. I see a lot of web developer positions in my area and the salaries range from the mid-80s to mid-90s and up depending on the position.
I had an interview recently for a web manager position that required a considerably broader range of responsibilities, and they tried to lowball me by offering low 90s when I knew the position had been listed online starting at 100K. They asked how much I currently make; I eventually told them (77K) even though I don't feel it's relevant because:
* Private-sector jobs pay more than public-sector jobs so they aren't directly comparable.
* This job has more responsibilities than web developer jobs that pay in the range they mentioned.
* I don't make what the university's salary guidelines say I should be making for someone with my experience. I initially started as a temporary employee and my initial salary and two increases (over seven years) were based on a low starting salary.
What other arguments can I use? I know switching jobs is the best time to get a substantial salary increase, and I don't want to start a new job feeling like I'm not being paid what I'm worth.