Interested in discovering what the pay is like in the USA. Just as an example, I have 5 years experience as a VB programmer, mostly on small projects for the first 4 years, and on Enterprise level apps for the last year. Within our team of 5 I am a "standard" developer ie. I have responsibility for "my" areas of the system, but do not have any real input into system architecture or design.
Salaries in the USA vary widely by geography. A programmer in a major city (like New York, San Francisco or Boston) will often get paid a lot more than a programmer in a rural area or small city, but will also have a significantly higher cost of living.
UK Taxes account for 28-30% of my salary
Have a play with salary.com -- Pick some locations and the job description that matches your skillset best, and see what the kids are getting paid.
Also keep in mind that salary levels have largely gone to hell in the past two years. Or in many cases the salaries have remained reasonable but no one can get them. Two years ago I knew plenty of VB developers in Seattle in the $75K to $100K range. Now I know plenty of developers (VB and otherwise) in Seattle in the unemployment ranks. The tech landscape in the US is currently very tough for many people.
Also, taxes vary widely geographically....
Michael H. Pryor
You forgot the ~8% employee portion of social security. So that would make NYC taxes ~50%. What good slaves we have become.
Government has so many ways of extracting money from its citizens that just comparing income tax isn't very useful. In the USA there is some group that figures out a tax freedom day. That is the day of the year that the average citizen has paid off all taxes if all his or her income up to that point had gone to government. I think the day is late May. Don't the Europeans, including UK, have big VATs?
I have a friend who calls Fridays "Uncle Sam Day". Since he pays about 20% of his salary in federal income taxes, that is one day of work per week. Therefore, since he is not personally getting paid for his work, he slacks off on the job every Friday. btw, this person invented this idea when he worked at Microsoft. :)
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Salary means shit until you figure out how much food, shelter, and clothing cost in that area.
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