What I Made as an Electrical Engineer

What I Made as an Electrical Engineer

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Here, I provide data for the past 12 years of my work history and how I got the raises. I also took a fee percentage pay cut for particular circumstance. And finally, some recommendations on what to do to get your next pay raise.

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  1. Raymond Hernandez on June 9, 2022 at 9:52 am

    "This year you should probably expect a 5% to 6% raise". Biden Formalizes Plan for Average 2.7% Raise for Civilian Feds in 2022.

  2. thisguy73 on June 9, 2022 at 9:52 am

    Private Equity is evil. They come into every company – lard them with debt – take their payout fees, and exit and if the company dies they die. They dont care. They are off onto the next company while they killed the last company or larded it with so much debt and fees that it is feeble. It’s sad PE exists. They are vultures who only exist for themselves.

  3. Yung M Official on June 9, 2022 at 9:52 am

    bro was college hard work? – like did you struggle , and can you fail… did you enjoy it ? then did you enjoy working?

  4. ClassyJohn on June 9, 2022 at 9:53 am

    This is a very valuable video, thank you for making this! I have a question: if I apply for other jobs right and somehow get an offer that’s higher than what i currently make, aren’t there consequences to showing my manager this and nudging them for a raise? Now, they would know that I’m looking for other jobs so wouldn’t I be the first to get fired/laid off, especially if I’m not a top performer?

  5. Mr Raven on June 9, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Thx for your information

  6. randy robasser on June 9, 2022 at 9:54 am

    I have a project I was wondering if I can get your help on. Trying to make a 60v cordless microwave and need to know if its possible and if so can you help me figure out how. Thank u

  7. isaac miranda on June 9, 2022 at 9:55 am

    I’m 25 yrs old and I’m an electrician would it be to late to start studying for an electrical engineering degree while I’m working as electrician

  8. Always Green on June 9, 2022 at 9:55 am

    This is true and is a good tip if you job is demanding like his, but normal people who have regular jobs, changing jobs every 2-3 yrs may raise a red flag in hr’s perception. Also kind of makes your resume look like you have patterns for not staying at one place more than a couple of yrs.

  9. missalicesmiles on June 9, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Definitely can relate to feeling desperate. I graduated a few years ago in a different field than yours making barely above minimum wage in the Bay at around $22 and jumped to $115k five months later

  10. Shawn Cooney on June 9, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Great advice, I’ve found if you broach the subject of expecting more than a 3% raise a few weeks before the review process is finalized you have a good chance of getting a bigger raise. There’s definitely a cap on how much they’ll give you unless you have offers from other companies.

  11. Ian P on June 9, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for breaking it all down and explaining your salary! I’m an electrical engineering student and was wondering what the salary would look like down the road

  12. Keith Huntsman on June 9, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Thanks for sharing. I’ll list my salaries too. And good for you guys, you all did better than me. I lost hope and faith and gave up after 15 years of job hunting while unemployed, and still unemployed today. I guess not everyone can get a job in their chosen field. I wonder what the true statistics are.

    Graduated in 1994 with an EE degree, couldn’t get EE job interviews but I was able to find two jobs, first a maintenance job and after that an electronic technician bench repair job. I don’t remember the exact wages, something like $8-9 an hour and $11-12 an hour. It took me four years, to finally get hired as an EE in 1998 designing electrical power transformers, for $32K. But it was more like assembly line work just plugging in numbers in a spreadsheet. (No electronics just wires wrapped around iron cores). Their business slowed and 3 1/2 years later in 2001 I was laid off, with a salary of 40K. Never could get an interview after this so my degree and short career just rotted away. Employers for manufacturing jobs told me I’m overqualified and employers for engineering jobs told me I’m underqualified for EE and electronic technician jobs.

  13. Torrance 117 on June 9, 2022 at 9:59 am

    What type of Electrical Engineer were you? Any advice if I want to become a Firmware Engineer or Embedded Systems Engineer?

  14. ClassyJohn on June 9, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Hey BTB, I saw in the comments that you worked with microcontroller programming and in one of the tables you showed, it looks like you worked in consumer electronics for quite some time. Do you have any tips/advice for developing skills to become better at writing firmware and such? I’m not an EE major…I’ve been working an embedded software engineer for about 8 months now and my background is really more on the programming side.

  15. Mike Chowda on June 9, 2022 at 10:01 am

    i’m a senior engineer myself and my salary is pretty stagnant the last 2 years. I’m at 120 but I am thinking long term. My cousin who is 8 years younger is a firefighter prob makes 50-60k. In 10 years, he will be making 6 figures easily with a pension fund building. I don’t think I am ready for an architect role. Ageism is a thing I worry about in IT.

  16. Piku Sarker on June 9, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Sir what is your post tax salary?nice video.

  17. P MO on June 9, 2022 at 10:02 am

    I’m an EE graduate with a position paying around what you made at your first job without inflation. Any advice on how to obtain an increase in salary, and overall enhance my resume?

  18. Benjamin Calderon on June 9, 2022 at 10:02 am

    I been so interested in the kind of field work hopefully things turn out alright for me wish me luck 🙏

  19. Sabrina Punjani on June 9, 2022 at 10:04 am

    I’m a hard worker with good grades finishing my 3rd year of Electrical Engineering at Canadian uni with co-op program. I am on the fence about masters since I’d rather just work and buff up my resume instead, I also hear some companies will pay for your masters, any advice?

  20. ANDY CHEN on June 9, 2022 at 10:05 am

    I graduated in 2020 during the the start of the pandemonic, and now after 1.5 years trying to find a job is so hard, since i don’t have much experience ; the most funny thing is that even interns required some experienced from pervious internship SMH

  21. Reasonable comments on June 9, 2022 at 10:07 am

    So all of these jobs were in California?

  22. The French Wolfe on June 9, 2022 at 10:09 am

    why didn’t you work for Facebook or apple

  23. Daniel Lofaro on June 9, 2022 at 10:10 am

    And then he had to work like 48 hours a day. Fantastic

  24. Resi Qualia on June 9, 2022 at 10:11 am

    What’s your take on getting a masters as an EE straight from college? Is it worth it if the company is paying for it? or Is it better to get the experience from just working?

  25. Darkswords14 on June 9, 2022 at 10:12 am

    If I get an Electrical degree can I be an Electronic Engineer.

  26. PlaylistWatching1234 on June 9, 2022 at 10:14 am


  27. TurnBull ac on June 9, 2022 at 10:17 am

    i bet your smart as hell!!. not easy to get masters in EE. EE are already smart before they become EE.

  28. Jerome’s Bowell movements 100x longrrr on June 9, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Pro tip: always negotiate your salary denominated in Bitcoin to hedge inflation.

  29. Lama Mesui on June 9, 2022 at 10:19 am

    I’ve seen my share of those projects managers who automatically become engineers when it can boost their ego lol

  30. Native2458 on June 9, 2022 at 10:20 am

    At my current job, the company doesn’t care about you, they won’t give you a raise, they’ll just let you go to the new job.

  31. EC on June 9, 2022 at 10:20 am

    I have a MSEE from one of the top state universities too. Unfortunately, I work in the Fab and there are not many jobs.
    You are right about the raise. It is no good if I stay in the same company.
    I used to spend too much money on useless things. Now, I save money as much as possible and invest in the market.
    I hope I will join you soon to retire comfortably.

    BTW, I wish I had computer science degree. I love programming and FAANG pays much better than MSEE.

  32. WTK WTK on June 9, 2022 at 10:23 am


    My take is that changing job once every two years is the best approach as per my perspective. It allows one to learn the different organisation’s culture and new things.


  33. Ken on June 9, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Haha he knows Graham respects guys in STEM careers

  34. Herp Derp on June 9, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Are these all jobs in a large capital city though?

  35. Susan Lynn on June 9, 2022 at 10:26 am

    What do you actually do ?

  36. George C on June 9, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Started on USD 100k in 2014, now earning USD 85k. Consistent pay rises, but home currency depreciation!!!

  37. jokedog on June 9, 2022 at 10:28 am

    I didn’t jump around….stupidly stayed with the same co for 22 years! Fortunately I was able to promote myself to Sr Relaxation Mgr last yr due to going all in on $TSLA

  38. LT on June 9, 2022 at 10:29 am

    love this type of content and agree with everything you said here after working as process engineer for 10 years

  39. Spacemonkeymojo on June 9, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Did you ever feel like an imposter in some of your jobs? Can you do a video on how you prepared for interviews etc?

  40. BVK on June 9, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Heck I worked for a Korean Auto Manufacturing company. I didn’t get a raise for 4 years. They offered $2500 bonuses instead. It was a slap in the face.

  41. IamJackJesse on June 9, 2022 at 10:35 am

    How much did you make at Amazon this year when you worked there?

  42. A Robbo on June 9, 2022 at 10:35 am

    thanks for the vid of your experiences. i can feel your experiences as they happen in many industries. Because your now in a better position you dont need the aggravation , and can just relax without all that , it just doesnt give you inner peace working in these companies

  43. jokedog on June 9, 2022 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for being transparent….now you need to tell us who your godfather is….the one that gave you $ for your tesla. 😀

  44. citizenOf_TheWorld on June 9, 2022 at 10:35 am

    ​ @BeatTheBush LOL, wut? I got to switch jobs!… I started exactly the same year as you with the same MSEE degree at $62K per year. The difference.. I stayed 6 yrs at the first company, In my second company now about 10yrs, I make way less than you. Great Video!

  45. Krishane Gonez on June 9, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Do you think a electrical engineering technician associate degree is worth pursuing?

  46. Nate Del Valle on June 9, 2022 at 10:37 am

    I really wish I had the time to go back to school and pursue this career to better my family

  47. V3RM1LI0N on June 9, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Nice I have a bachelors in EE, 3.5 years of experience, second job after school making 100k in AZ, started at 69k

  48. DhowTo on June 9, 2022 at 10:44 am

    This was a good video!

  49. nyhsmark on June 9, 2022 at 10:49 am

    You forget kissing butt with the management to get the good raises. Cronyism trumps hard work.

  50. Herp Derp on June 9, 2022 at 10:50 am

    I subscribed to you in my first year of Uni and now I’m graduating as an electrical engineer lmao.

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