oblig.lawl.ref wrote:I have several friends, generally the smarter and more capable of my friends, who are now breaking into the $115,000-$150,000 area. That's pre-bonus. With bonus they're starting to hit more like $140,000-$175,000. They're all getting around 30 years old and have been working for years now. They don't have professional degrees or even prestigious UG degrees. None are developers or coders or even really that technical. They're just smart, responsible, take ownership of things, started at the bottom and have been working for 7-8 years now.
This doesn't necessarily prove anything but I think it's important to note that it's far from impossible to make decent money while working reasonable hours.
Well, for one, those salaries are with 7-8 years of senority, which seems normal. But also, remember how we tell people who don't go to T14s to expect biglaw because less than half of them get that job? I'm sure far less than 1/2 of non-technical UG degrees make that much money. Assuming finance/accounting are considered "technical," because those UG degrees can net you high salaries. I guess you could hit that doing marketing/sales work, so there's one non-technical major that'll get you to 150k+ after 7-8 years?
Point being, those guys seem to be the exception, and you even admit as much--"smarter and more capable of my friends"--and that hitting high salaries, especially in the 200k+ range, typically requires some professional schooling. That, or comp sci/engineering/finance, but as covered before, those jobs can be often as grueling as biglaw, if not more. Especially the ones that pay like biglaw.