I'm in graduate school and plan on applying for a Software Engineering position at some of the top tech companies once I graduate (Google, Microsoft, Amazon, etc). How can I know how much to ask for? I know that I can check the salary tracking sites, but a "Software Engineering job in Mountainview" is different from a "Software Engineering job at Google, Mountainview". Does anyone have an idea of what these companies are offering new graduates? Also, what effect does the amount of education have on salary (i.e. Master's vs PhD). Thanks!
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degrees may have some influence on your starting position in a company, and thus on your starting salary.
But overall experience and years of employment count for a lot more (something most fresh university grads are rather alarmed to discover, when they notice their salaries are lower than that of …
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I don't think a PhD makes you look any better than an MS to employers. It takes longer to get too. Starting salaries look for minimum requirements like a BS and x number of years for experience. In my area the starting salary is around 40k per year.
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