William H. Magill on Tue, 8 Jul 2003 22:59:20 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Tech jobs and politics, and IT diploma mills

On Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at 11:24 AM, Craig Brennan wrote:
I don't know where your "massive salary" idea came from, but I started at $30,000 per year... not bad, but certainly not massive. 

Massive depends on what you are comparing it to...

The latest data I can find is for 2000...

The Median HOUSEHOLD income for the US was $39,657
In Pennsylvania, it was slightly less,     $38,938.
In the Philadelphia METRO (MSA) it was     $47,345.
In Philadelphia it was                     $29,947.
In the Philadelphia suburbs it was         $55,823.

Median "per capita" income for the MSA was $28,874.
and for Philadelphia it was                $16,147.
and for the Phila suburbs it was           $27,385.

So a starting salary (which, I believe is for a Bachelors with no additional credits) of $30,000 is pretty massive when compared to the median for the rest of the city. And above the medians for both the MSA and the suburbs.

[And remember, the median is not the average. The median is halfway between the highest and the lowest numbers reported. The average income numbers are higher, being significantly distorted by 8 figure "executive" compensation packages.]

William H. Magill
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