I am putting together some career related marketing material for the US and want to get a feel for what is generally considered a good wage.
I have survey data for all the different job roles I am discussing, so that is set in stone, I just want to try and get an insight onto how this data will be perceived when I present it.
I have sold career training to UK for almost 10 years. The majority of people in UK I have talked to over the years would be happy with £30k+/year. This would be considered a "good" salary, with an eventual career progression to earning £50k/year after several years being the end goal.
Typically if someone comes to me with no experience I will train then and get an entry level position for around £18k-£22k. After 2 years they will be earing around £30k. If they work at their career, this will steadily grow with their experience.
The data I have for the US market shows me that the same career path stateside has average salaries from $40,000-$72,000 depending on experience. This data does not include entry level or internship positions, it is typical salaries for people with minimum 1 years experiecne on job.
So if I said to someone stateside, you will be earning $40k after 1 year, then $72k after another 3 years, is this considered a "good" salary?
I have checked the IT job sites for USA and the salaries offered seem to be much higher than my survey data shows me, but I have to represent typical results from a trusted third party source to hold integrity
So, to sum up, does $40k per year sound like a "good" salary to the average american, and worth some study to pass some exams? Or are there unskilled jobs out there for similar money?