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I have been a structural PE for about 20+ years. My work does not require me to use it often. As for salary - it has only gotten be about 5-10% more than others. I have heard these stories about being just on the edge to become partner or some other vesting, never happened to the people I know. They were always shown the carrot but never delivered.

My line of reasoning exactly - one more year could easily turn into 5 before I know what happened.

Once a company has you at a particular salary level, forget about making the "big jump" based on a raise. Once they have you, that is it. I have seen several people get very good raise offers once they hand in their notice. Then the company is willing to do something.

You turn in notice with my company, it's pretty much goodbye. Their "burn" rate for engineers is around 30% RETAINED after five years, so they figure someone else is always coming up to replace you. Kind of like the Russians at Stalingrad.

My advise to engineers is to constantly keep looking at the market for some new opportunity. Remember, your COMPANY is always looking for new market opportunities to offer their product. You should always do the same - look for new opportunities for your product - Yourself.

That's why I'm going after professional certification - it's a leg up if I start looking around.
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