Found the message below in my mailbox today. Is such a high salary possible? The subject line was "$320,000 Java architect/developer with Cloud computing and Big Data experience". Here's the message (anonymized by respect for the recruiter). I added the picture myself.
I am a recruiter seeking Java architect/developers with Cloud Computing and big data expertise. If you know anyone who would like a $300k-$320k job, please have them call me if they have a similar profile like the one below. Thank you. If you have friends in California with Java development experience with Big Dat and Cloud Computing there are so many $200k-250k jobs in the California area also.
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Here's another job ad that I received a few days ago from David Young, VP of Analytics at MarketShare. It probably commands a salary well above $200K:
Business Title: Global Leader – Internet Mktg Analytics
Primary Job Responsibilities: We’re looking for a seasoned global marketing analytics leader to join our team. This person must be based in Seattle, Washington to lead our global internet marketing analytics team. S/he will be the senior marketing analytics advisor to the global internet marketing team. Specific responsibilities are:Lead, mentor and coach to a global team of marketing analysts and data scientistsBuild trusted relationships with key regional and global executives (GM, CFO, CMO etc.) and their delegates to drive analytical learnings into business decisionsBe the trusted business partner and enabler of clear data driven business decisions across a matrix spanning business units, countries, regions and geographiesUp-level analytical answers into stories that are easily consumable by an executive audienceDrive insights that will affect the global marketing-mix at the country and region level; champion the current model and future evolutions to measure and to improve marketing return on investment across channelsAnswer ad-hoc questions from executives regarding marketing effectiveness, conduct root-cause analysis, and provide recommendations for changeJob Requirements: MBA or Master/PhD in social science, hard science, mathematics, statistics or related fields or 10+ years of directly applicable work experience
Success managing global marketing analytics teams and managing executive stakeholders
Last Updated: 04/21/2015
I also discussed a chief data scientist position directly with Microsoft a few months ago, and mentioned that I'm out of the market as I am over-priced and working from home. I casually said "I suppose this is not paying more than $200K" and the answer, from the hiring manager, was "several times that amount". The job was a good fit for a senior data scientist with a good operations research background.
Good luck on this one. I can't imagine anyone who's earned the CFA designation would want to be a code jockey.