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Chad’s Answer

It is probably difficult to answer this question given the wide variety of roles/responsibilities underneath the overall umbrella of "technology", as well as a great deal of variance based on where you live/work and the amount of competition for skills and talents.

Many different roles, from highly technical (software developer, system administrator, network administrator, database administrator, data scientist, etc.) to less-technical (project/program management, business analyst, product manager, etc.) all fall under the general category of "technology", and will have widely varying levels of demand and salary in any given company.

Location also plays quite heavily into salary levels, based on cost of living in different areas and the amount of demand for specific skillsets. A software developer in Silicon Valley will often command a much higher salary than a software developer in the midwest or south - but cost of living in Silicon Valley is also much higher, so it's not fair to do a direct comparison.

Ultimately, I think you should start with identifying the specific type of role/position you would want to focus on within the "technology" space, identify the general location you might want to live and work, and find some example companies or positions posted for those roles. Many career and networking sites, such as LinkedIn, often post guidance on the general salary ranges for roles based on type of job, level of experience, and location, which can give you a sense of what to expect. Sites like Glassdoor also provide not only insights into company culture and what it's like to really work in a particular role, but also aggregate salary/pay information based on feedback from actual employees, again to give you a sense of what you might expect for any given role.

None of those tools will ever be 100% accurate, and a lot of your salary ultimately depends on your skills, experience, and negotiations during the hiring process - but I'd encourage you to leverage the tools that many job sites offer in order to get a sense of what you might expect.

Chad recommends the following next steps:

Determine the kind of role/position you think you would want to have within the technology space
Understand your level of experience or skill in that area and how it might compare to some of the information available online (e.g. are you just starting out? do you already have 1-3 years of basic on-the-job experience? etc.)
Have a sense of where you might want to work - if not a specific city, at least a region of the country.
Leverage job sites like LinkedIn or Glassdoor to research the type of role you'd be looking for, based on your level of experience and seniority as well as overall location, and see what data is available from companies/employees who are already working in those fields/areas.
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Zach’s Answer

Hi Angel! Average pay varies widely depending on the job you do. Even in specific fields like engineering the pay can vary from an entry-level hourly wage (~$15/hr) to top-tier salaries (~$250,000+). It really depends on what industry and what job title you are applying for. I would say that most people starting their careers without specialized skills find themselves earning around $30,000-$50,000 per year in their first corporate roles. I started as an intern earning minimum hourly wage (some interns are unpaid), and then eventually found my first full-time hourly role at about $17/hr. I worked for a company at the time that promoted people somewhat quickly and was able to work my way to an annual salaried position in about 1 year that paid $45,000/year. You may be able to get more specific numbers if you mention specific fields and/or jobs you are considering.

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Joe’s Answer

Average pay can vary quite a bit depending on what area of the country you are in, what your exact title/job description is and the type of company you work for. The best way to get accurate information would be to use a tool like Glassdoor (https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/index.htm). You will be able to input the city you live in as well as a job title to view average salaries for your area.

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