Gosh, this is almost impossible to answer--- there are so many variables, geographic location being the greatest consideration (the closer you are to large water, the higher the salaries [Atlantic coast, Pacific coast, Gulf coast and Lake Michigan]). Consult an IT recruiter, they will have a better approximation, including geographic considerations.
What do you think is the salary range maybe?
How long is a piece of string?
I suggest you actually answer Tim's question. The fact that you have not answered it is in itself an indicator.
It really is all over the board kojack. It depends on the depth of the job, location ( as was mentioned ), in-house developer vs being in a firm of developers vs independent, the business culture in the area, etc.
Watch job boards to see the going rate for your area. Check in with an IT Recruiter...that is probably your best bet to get a clear picture of the job market where you are.
What is your skill level? beginner, intermediate, advanced? Are you certified? Other software experience? An entry level position usually means a lower skill level and a lower salary.
It might help if you expand on what you mean by entry level salary.
But ultimately, I agree with Joshua - talk to a recruiter who can evaluate your skills, or at least other FM developers in your geographical area - user group meeting?
Thanks..Karen..I'm entry level right now..just wanted to know the ranges from some experienced FM developers..to look at my career goals.
Whatever anyone does, do not give out any actual dollar figures, even for a single hypothetical example. It's all TOP SECRET.
It's all TOP SECRET.
fmp, you gotta be kidding! Right?
As a new FM software developer.. what salary range do you think a developer should start off with?
Well, this certainly is shaping up as a fun topic, huh? The others are correct as there is no explicit answer to your question.
Like you, I too am an FM newbie. However, as a veteran RDMS developer of 27 years now with a thorough understanding on database design, constructs, relationships, ERDs, abstract normalization, etc., for better or worse, I only have to learn about the FM language, its nuances and all the work-arounds that others have learned and use. That, in and of itself, is consuming a lot of time and effort as most any other user will attest to.
Case in point: Screen Flashes In Large Text Field: Why? Man, I've always used Windows and had no idea that the OS would cause this issue but, a lot of lessons were learned from several other very helpful users.
So, my first question to you is: Are you new to RDMS development or only new to FM?
From there, and if "fmp" doesn't "beat me up," I'd be happy to reply again to share some business lessons and "salary" ranges that have been personally experienced and observed in the database development industry.
Well that's a slick link! Thanks for the info, which should answer the question.
Yet, there are other aspects to how to earn an income as a RDMS developer if "kojack1976" wants to go out on his own.
I look forward to his reply on his database development experience.
I couldn't resist. :-)
On a serious note, my answer to the question would be: "It doesn't matter." If you're looking for a job to make lots of money and that's your sole concern, then there are plenty of other things to do that are a lot more fun than sitting at a computer banging out code. Now, if you love database/software development and have a passion for it, then it doesn't matter how much you make because you love your job.
I'd rather do something I love and make less money, than do a job I hate that makes more money.