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    Mark Hermano

    Thank you for sharing your experience been a fan since I started my web developer career. Sadly I too was a victim of saying my current salary when I was interviewed, what do you think is the perfect response for this? without hurting your chances to get in the company.

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    temitope adebayo

    thank you so much charlie, although, in Africa Nigeria, the standards are different. but i got so much value from this. 
    Pro Tip : as an Employee, make sure at least once a year you go do an interview with another company just to see how things are done outside and what you are worth. if you get a job at $60,000 and with that same skill set you are earning $40,000 you can then ask for a raise and you employers will see reason for you, say someone else right now wants to pay $60,000 now and i want you to bump me up to at least $52,000 you can see then you have a bargaining chip .

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    pinang1

    Great video! Nice to hear someone openly talking about salary. And wow it grew a lot since you started. If you told Zero that you wanted over 50k and they offered 60k then I don't think you were really in the position to negotiate further, besides sounds like it was more than a good deal for you. As for the move to London I don't think you can compare country to a city (especially in this case with this city being one of the most expensive ones in the world, way more than rest of UK) and demand that kind of raise. I think Zero made a pretty good offer to you at that time too. Some companies would not offer a raise at all. And also going with that thinking would you accept salary 50% lower if London would be located in Vietnam and cost of living would be that much lower cause I don't think so. Usually in your contract you have a clause preventing you from disclosing your salary to a third party so you should NOT do it, even from the legal point of view. and I would always say that at the interview, or give them brackets (very wide ones). I was honestly surprised how low your salary was at the beginning and then I was even more surprised how high it is now.

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    pinang1

    It sucks that companies are so cryptic about salaries. It's not much of a problem for a popular professions as there are all sorts of analysis online but I found it really difficult with some specialized positions, where basically you feel like you cannot get even the hint of how much you should or can ask because you have totally no idea about salaries for that position. And the company is pushing you at the interview process to say the number. My current comapny would have many applicants from around the world and in online application they would have to declare the brackets for desired salary (some of the smartly choose multiple brackets). And especially being from another country they often have no idea and choose terribly low or high bracket and they are rejected right away. It just sucks cause it's like a guessing game. As usually my company would set a salary and it's non-negotiable so why do they ask instead of declare it in the ad in the first place? Some countries have laws (I've heard) requiring employer to disclose salary or brackets in the ad and I think that would be great and should be a standard.

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    Alex Augustine

    I started freelancing from 2nd year of college, after 3 years.. still a freelancer. And the problem here is that its 24*7 work since you work with people from different time zones and there are zero benefits or bonuses or anything like that. No chance for negotiations either. They say a rate- I agree with it. if not, they got millions of other freelancers to go to. I know my work is good since I see what others in the same field do. But according to the video, my earning is 10 times lower.!! Geography plays a great role in this too. People doing the same job in US or Europe get 5-10 times more. Also, I got friends here working in major international studios, who get paid half of what I get. So, that's even more messed up…

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    Falko Joseph

    As an employee design jobs usually don't pay sh*t. I've made the switch to start my own business almost two years ago, and there's not a single day I regret doing so.
    Nice video though! Solid advice to inform people on how to make good career choices.

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    The Signal

    Location plays a huge role like you said. I work in the NY/NJ metro area. I'm making about $20-25k less than I would if I worked directly in BK or manhattan.

    Another factor is education. It's very difficult to find higher paid work when you don't have a degree, and employers know this, so they are more apt to lowball you, knowing you don't have many options (comparatively).

    Also, many people don't appreciate how job titles dictate pay. Look at the description. If that is a Sr. Designer description but it says Designer on the tin, they are going to push a lower average salary on you with higher pay level responsibility.

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    Dukez Venom

    Damn thats a lot of money. Then again 28K plus bonus for a 21 year old in the netherlands isn’t really bad either

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    Kyle Griffin

    I work in London as a Web Developer and admittedly I make nowhere as high as you do; you're clearly an incredibly good asset for any company that you join!

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    Beatrice M

    I like the idea of standard salaries. In my last job in London a lot of of my colleagues with the same job duties were paid way more than me. I quit that job as I felt under valued.

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    Dan Wood

    Hey Charli, fellow kiwi and Web/UX Designer here! Thought your video was great and helped lift the veil surrounding salaries in this industry – GlassDoor and Payscale don't quite cut it and can be hard to read. Living in NYC and am about three years into my design career. Currently working at a small creative agency on around 70k. Looking to increase my salary next year – any tips for making that transition and the best skills you have found employers seek in the industry?

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    monkeysgone2heaven1

    How were you able to find your remote job? can you recommend any resources? esp for finding work with U.S companies.

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    Benjamin Weichert

    Thanks for sharing you salary progression! I just want to mention that looking at the comments, I think we often speak too often about money and not the value you are adding to your company. We should focus our discussions more on how we can increase the value of design within our organizations. A higher paycheck will most probably come hand-in-hand with it.

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    samuel gonzalez

    6:07 I feel annoyed when employers start to be nosy on personal accounts:
    You can say you're beign paid 15% – 20% higher than your actual salary, so your employer won't have any advantage on you, and without "knowing" you're gaining 15%- 20% more than your last job, fair enough considering that most of the people don´t last a year with employers/bosses that could considerate you a non necesary payment at some point; This is extremely profitable when you're dealing with clients, ¿making 15%- 20% more each client? yes please!, i did it till i found the top of the market i'm in, which is pushing me to move on, i loved this video, thank you charli.

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    Slay Mink

    TIP many companies if you negotiated with them they will hire the next stooge in line and call you later and say sorryyyyyyyyy we will not continue this happened to my wife multiple times even after she is praised for her work and professionalism and even one of the interviewer for a company they told her you are too professional !!!!!1

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    monica escobar

    Has anyone experienced imposter syndrome? Its my biggest obstacle with job hunting right now and feeling worthy of certain salaries.

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    James Owen

    Wow, I had no idea! I’d love a 6 figure salary 🤩 So insightful and you learnt about London living costs the hard way 😅

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    Andrea D.

    One benefit I'm looking for in my next design job is working remotely. I like to travel and I'm planning to move cross country with my boyfriend.

    If that benefit isn't listed within the job description, how can (and when should you) ask about that?

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    keyloags

    barely making 30k USD as a France based graphic design / front-end dev. (been there for 3years, right after graduating)
    What am I doing wrong ?

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    Daniel González Reina

    It's hard to compare salaries between different cities. You can get an increase in your current salary, but the cost of living is even higher and you end up loosing money. To make it easier when I was in that situation I made this tool that can be useful for other people https://dgrcode.github.io/compalary/ Disclaimer: it's free and open source and the only thing I track is the amount of visitors, not what they do in the website.

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    Wallace Pei

    Your currencies were all over the place only in the end did you state USD. I’m listening to you in the car and the audio is killing me when your music plays or the mic gets bumped. Please fix your audio and stick with what you state. It will make for better videos in the future.

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    PhantasmX7

    Please people, take into account your location and the type/size of the company you work for. Salaries will vary tremendously. Money isn't everything, if you find a place you love working for ….stay. Just because you can get a 20% increase somewhere else…your quality of life may suck completely and believe me, it is not worth it. I've been doing this for almost 20 years now.

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    Momis N.

    I've been following Charli for a few years and I admire her, if she has she has reached this level now it is thanks to her work for years, it does not come from nowhere. Too bad there are some people who are blinded by envy and make unfortunate comments.

    My advice is that if you want to reach your level and your salary, take the advice that Charli give in this video, it will not be easy, it will take years, you may have to move to another country, but it is possible.

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    ashwin merle

    I'm a freelance fulltime product designer at a large corporate in the Netherlands. I gross around 159k USD per year but nett around 79k due high income taxes. I do need to pay my own holidays and insurances etc. 6 years of experience, guess I did pretty well.

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    maskenmakkan

    How is it possible to earn so much money.. i thought only CEO earned that much. So every month you get around 8600 euro? (before taxes)

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    Oliur

    Really great video Charli. Thanks for sharing your numbers. Will be very helpful for up and coming designers. Just discovered your channel 🙂

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    Miriam Mitzi Rosas

    Really valuable information! I have the same work background and your experience has opened my eyes in getting to know more about negotiation tactics.

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    Jimmy Lee

    Wow, well done! That is a really impressive salary jump from your beginnings!

    Personally I don’t think I could do 100% remote working, I like the dynamics and social side of having colleagues there in person.

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    w00tkid

    I've been working nearly as long as you have and I'm making basically the same amount you are. Very interesting video, I've never known how much other designers make.

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    ccthemartian

    Most useful channel for those interested in learning about UX design. Tops Flux and Futur. Thank you for creating these videos, Charli.

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    Bailar Lasagna

    At first I was like "why is this 12 minutes long?" and then I was like "I could listen to you talk about that potted plant for 12 minutes."

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    Tristan Bailey

    Q: Would you share the level descriptions, as feel this can be helpful for more people across companies. Even if a particular company does not have many level staff at same time.

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    Sophia Prater

    Super interesting! Thanks for sharing, Charli. And NO I did not know about your podcast —cool! I'll try and make a similar video soon.

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    Irlanda Navarro

    Thanks for sharing! This is really helpful 🙂 I work remotely too and growing within the companies can get tricky if you don’t advocate for yourself!

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    Abigail Caudillo

    this is so depressing haha I'm a visual designer from Mexico City and the average for a SENIOR designer is around 20,000 USD a year T.T

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    Ayan Pahwa - CodeNSolder

    I've been working as an Embedded Software Engineer for 4 years now, have given a lot of interviews for both local and international offers, and IMO salary negotiations is a very important skill to learn. If an employer is willing and have bigger bucket of cash than you want / ask for, it overall impacts your future growth as in you raise is compounded over the years and also before getting a promotion or to reach next salary band you've to be earning close to next band which makes manager confident enough to give you promotion, atleast that's how it works in India.

    Anyway, thanks for this video. More power to you 🙂

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    Ahmad Ali

    Great video and useful info! Why has it taken youtube so long to get you on my list of recommended angry face SUBSCRIBED and smashed like :d

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    Hannah Magram

    I didn’t research the average salary in my area for my entry level graphic design job fresh out of college. I ended up taking a job for 10k less than the city average. Almost two years later and no raises, despite being promised a raise within my first year. Needless to say I’m looking for a new job 🤦‍♀️

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    Amy Emerson

    You are bloody amazing to share these details Charli! Thank you so so much for making things more transparent for the industry! I always struggle with negotiations too, glad to hear I'm not the only one who has made some regrettable mistakes!!

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    CZ

    Crazy. Sounds like you've done really well for yourself, even if you made some decisions that weren't always in your favor. But hey, live and learn. Salary negotiation is the absolute worst.. I'm dreading it once I start my career. I study psychology so it's a different ballgame but I'm considering graphic design/marketing once I graduate.

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    melvin ho yk

    Thank you so much for sharing your transparency on salary. I was always curious about how western companies handling the salary for an employee. As for Asian companies, that's not the case. Mostly will lower your expectation as much as possible rather than pay what one employee worth. Love your tips on asking the employer what are their ratio rate for a given title. And negotiation on salary was never my forte. I definitely will look into it.

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    Kick Blow

    Thank you for this video ! Really good !
    My question is : is it better to be independent worker or work for a company (agency)? Do you have any ideas ?

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    Mau

    Imagine that in south american countries the money circulating on companies is almost the same as in developed countries, but the salaries are topping in average at $35000 in an economy where you need at least $40000, because the designers don't know how to negotiate. Even for a 10 year experienced designer, you hardly can get more unless you start your own agency.

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    229 axb

    Really cool! Getting into the field myself as a college student. Insightful and gained good tips. I wish more people were comfortable talking about it. Thank you so much for being comfortable enough and willing to talk about this

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    Lindsay McLean

    This is a wonderful video and thank you for being so transparent! So much great information you shared here. Negotiating is a hundred percent a must for any new position! I know when I was younger it was scary to do, but the first time I told a coworker my salary and realized the crazy differences we could have, despite having the same role. I was shocked, and vindicated to never be afraid to negotiate my worth.

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    Piotr Zakrzewski

    Hey! Great video, have a question, are those numbers after taxes or before? if before, what % is acctually for you? thanx!

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    Millie.

    That's so sad. My life is the biggest mistake my parents ever made. I am a full time designer and i earn about 7500 € a year. I was more than once on the verge of saying "fuck this, I'm out" but the truth is that in Italy I can't ask for much better. It's an internship so they don't have to pay you at all. The problem is that so far it's been internship after internship because they have no interest in hiring you. You work at a place for next to free for 6 months, then they say bye. It's been three years of continuous internships. I can't take this much longer.

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    Florence Wong

    Charli, thanks for being so transparent!! I (and probably all the other designers) appreciate it so much, it is SO HELPFUL.

    We need to have more open conversations about our salaries and help each other know our value!

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    Lego K

    I worked as a contractor at the company I work for for over a year, so when they decided to hire me full-time, I wanted to jump on it and not waste any time, so when they asked me for a number instead of giving me a benchmark, I undervalued myself a bit. They gave me exactly what I asked for. Next time I would definitely ask them for a number first and then negotiate.

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    Ola Drachal

    Hi Charli, this is really a great content! Thanks for sharing. The number you are talking about are those with taxes or minus taxes?

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