[tpm] Wondering about fair wages

Adam Prime adam.prime at utoronto.ca
Sun Oct 12 20:33:36 PDT 2014

On 10/12/2014 12:25 PM, Digimer wrote:
> Hi all,
>   I'm not sure if this is on topic or not. If it's not, please let me
> know.
>   I'm co-founder of a small but growing business in Toronto. Up until
> now, I've done all of the development work myself; architecture,
> sysadmin and software development. The last one being all in perl,
> save for a touch of jquery. We're getting to a point where I can't do
> it all myself, so I have to start planning, and budgeting, to hire a
> proper program/web developer.
>   The reason I am posting here is that I have to balance available
> resources against what is fair to pay for a given skill-set. Just the
> same, I don't want to offer an unreasonable pay, either. I would very
> much appreciate your input on what you think would be a fair pay
> package for someone with these skills;
> * Very comfortable with perl and writes clean, readable code.
> * Can convert "traditional" HTML UI into a proper AJAX UI.
> * Making an existing program properly testable/write unit tests.
> * Familiar, ideally comfortable, with RHEL/CentOS 6+ system calls.
> * Diligent about writing self-documenting code and proper comments.
>   This is the front end for a high-availability cluster. So more than
> "X years for experience in Y" or some such, the number *1* thing I
> would need is someone who is slow, steady and careful. I would still
> be closely involved with the systems side of things, so someone would
> not need to know about HA clusters, but they must understand the
> caution needed and be diligent about their work.
>   So, given this description, what would you guys consider a fair
> compensation package to offer? What conditions/trade-offs might cause
> you to consider in exchange for a reduced direct pay package?
>   Thanks for any input!

Some kids are doing 4th year co-ops at or above 50K/yr these days. You
could conceivably find a kid fresh out of school with a good chunk of
your requirements there aside from 'very comfortable with perl'. If you
actually want someone with existing perl chops that's going to limit
your ability to hire immensely, and drive the salary up significantly as
well. I'd be surprised if you could find someone that fit all of you're
requirements for much less than 75K/yr.  If you drop the perl chops you
might be able to find someone for 60, maybe.  I might have no idea what
I'm talking about though.


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