To be paid the higher salaries you might hope for, you will need to have paid your dues, so because I have worked very hard and paid my dues, yes I feel my salary is more or less what I expected at this sate of my career. However I think if you value work-life balance you need to be the one to create that balance.
After working very hard for the last 21 years I am now at a stage where making a point of creating more work-life balance, creating boundaries. That means being accountable for doing what I commit to doing but also knowing when to call it a day and setting time aside for my family and personal life.
If you are asking if I am happy with the salary I have at this stage in my career, then my answer would be yes. It's a little tricky for me because I am my own boss and I pay myself. Being my own boss has allowed me to create a perfect work/life balance. I am able to take time off when I want to and even take my work on the road if I have to. Getting to this point in my career took years of saving and investing so that I could call my own shots!
Best of luck to you!
Alexandria (Aly)’s Answer
Now I make more than I had expected simply because I specialized in technology and found a growing industry.