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Re: Salary Ceiling/Hours Worked
« Reply #10 on: Aug 1st, 2007, 9:00am »
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I have many friend in the CS or EEs, ALL making 6 figures (100,000 - 170,000) and with only 5 - 10 years experience.  None of tem ever work over and average of 42 hours a week.  The people I know really well in IP law area all work 50-60+ hours.
 
Your best advise.  Take the CS job, try it out for a few years, and if you decide to go to IP then make the move.  You would be better off with a few years in the industry anyway.
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Re: Salary Ceiling/Hours Worked
« Reply #11 on: Aug 1st, 2007, 3:17pm »
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IP hot shot, I'm glad to hear that your friends are doing well.  But most non-academic professionals I know work significantly more than 40 hours per week.
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Re: Salary Ceiling/Hours Worked
« Reply #12 on: Aug 2nd, 2007, 7:33am »
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on Aug 1st, 2007, 3:17pm, Wiscagent wrote:
IP hot shot, I'm glad to hear that your friends are doing well.  But most non-academic professionals I know work significantly more than 40 hours per week.

 
That was certainly the case for me.   I wasn't in a huge market (Research Triange Park in North Carolina), but after 14 years as an EE, I was working 50+ hours a week and making something just below 6 figures.   The more junior engineers were able to put in lesser hours, but they weren't getting anything like 100k in salary.
 
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Re: Salary Ceiling/Hours Worked
« Reply #13 on: Aug 9th, 2007, 11:03pm »
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Money is good but a good quality of life is better.  
 
I had an engineering job that regularly allowed me to see both oceans in a single day.
 
I now do IP work close to home. No real commute with good hours and freedom.
 
I golf every Tuesday and have most Fridays off.
 
Decide what is most important and do it.
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Re: Salary Ceiling/Hours Worked
« Reply #14 on: Aug 10th, 2007, 2:05am »
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I agree.  Quality of life should always be considered.  You have plenty of time to earn moeny.  Both options seem great!  As for engineering making 170K after five years, I don't know where that is.  I have plenty of friends from stanford and berkeley with advanced degrees in EE, CS, and EECS (as am I).  They all started at 80-90 and toped out at 110...
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