I'm considering a career change into web development and I'm hoping AskMe can help me sort through the abundance of relevant information and get a sense of what reasonable expectations might be. To put it succinctly, I'd like to make about $75-80k a year so that I can support my parents while still being able to save money for my own future. Is it probable for a self-taught developer to earn a salary in this range?
I've looked at many job ads in my Northeastern city, which has a growing tech scene and tried to get a sense of what web developers with varying levels of experience get paid. I've read and heard everything from $35-95k a year. There seems to be so much hyperbole around the earning potential and career prospects for developers right now, and I'd love
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Currently, I have a well-paying ($60k) higher education staff position that I like and that I could conceivably keep for years with consistent but small raises. It's a stable job in a desirable field, and I'm very grateful for the quality of life it allows me and my spouse. However, my parents are in their 60s, with no savings at all, heaps of debt including an upside-down mortgage, and basically only Social Security to live on once they stop working. They both still work, which is increasingly untenable as they get older and isn't earning them much anyway. I already provide a few hundred dollars a month in support, but it looks like that will only increase. I'm an only child, and there's no one else in my family with the means to support my parents. My spouse also works in the non-profit sector for a low salary, so we mostly live on mine.
Although it's a major motivating factor, money isn't the only reason I'm considering a shift into web development. I've played around with various tutorials online (thanks bentobox
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