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Hello All,

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I am asking a curious question. Even though there is not a set of numbers as we are dealing with criteria set of experience  projects etc.  Someone in US firm, currently gets paid only $ 34K a year for being a vba developer creating reports in excel, running creating tsql queries, then making excel get data from SQL Server. He is no doubt, very good at what he does.

My question - its that ok salary or that's been underpaid. if possible, can you give me a broader  range of salary that might fit in this type of work.  Please advise. Note the person has previously had 1.5 year experience doing similar VBA stuff.

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Question by:Rayne
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by:nickinthooz
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It depends.  It depends on where in the US you are living, if the cost of living is low, the pay is going to match it.  Does the person have a degree or is he self taught, etc.  

The salary isn't horrible in the southeast, but a year and a half isn't very long to be in the field, usually the more experience, the larger the salary.
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by:Rayne
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Thanks Nick,
Just to let you know...Its Washington state
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by:Rayne
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Degree in Business & Information Sytems
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Experience is important.  In a very broad sense, I'd say that's probably about 10-15% lower than I would think it should be... but it's not horribly low.  And depending on how benefits are handled, it may not be quite that much under paid.  It also depends on the industry - if this is a non-profit, then it's probably on the normal side.  If this is a defense contractor... I'd be looking elsewhere.

But what you really need to do is look for salary surveys of people in that industry.  As suggested, Geography DOES play a role in pay scale.  Even in the USA.
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by:nickinthooz
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Here's a link, although these always seem high to me:

http://www.simplyhired.com/a/salary/search/q-vba+excel+programmer
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by:Dave Baldwin
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It's hard to tell because there are almost no jobs advertised with less than 2 years experience.
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This probably begs the question, but:  What is this person worth to your organization? If this person left tomorrow, could you replace him in a reasonable amount of time? Is this person making progress for the organization, or making the organization work harder (not in the good way)? Many people want to be good at what they do, but the reality of life is a factor for anyone working anywhere. If someone doesn't feel appreciated for the work they do, and the salary doesn't adequately (in his eyes) compensate for such under-appreciation, then don't be surprised if that person is seeking other opportunities outside of your organization.

While you shouldn't be placing your business needs on the shoulders of one person--for the chance that that person leaves, and no one but him knows what he knows--you also need to be cognizant of whether or not someone does add value to your organization, and whether or not you want to keep that person around. This, of course, depends on your attitude regarding keeping people around. Some businesses don't mind the encumbrance of high turnover, and keeping someone in a chair to program is just part of the routine.

Spending money on a degree, and then having a job making 34K a year quite honestly sounds like a stepping-stone job to me. Unless this person truly loves doing what they are currently doing, I really wouldn't think that salary was something desirable for a career--at least not with that degree. Myself, I left my former employer because I felt that I was doing the same work as those in the next position above me. It wasn't until I announced that I had an offer from another agency for a equal position as to the one above me that a new position "magically" opened up for me at my current job. In the end, the new job just offered more money, and my current job either couldn't or wouldn't match or beat the offer. In my particular situation, I ended up getting more money AND acquiring more experience by way of learning new technologies and programming techniques.
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by:Rayne
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Thanks Everyone :)
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by:Dave Baldwin
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One of the oddities about humans is that it takes about 3 years for people to believe in something or someone 'new'.  At 1.5 years unless someone has performed magic, the others are still waiting to see if they are going to fail.
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Thanks to All Experts for their Feedback s :)
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