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Having received some job offers recently, I have wondered if there is some idea on what a good increase is to move to another job. I am in the computer training area - a growing field.

My offers have resulted in $4000-5500 more a year than my current salary for permanent positions with the same field, a bit more responsibility and in the same area of the country. Two contract positions each of a year's duration offered me about $12,000 more a year without benefits (which could be purchased for a little more than what I pay now)- I think contract work could be risky, so I haven't shown much interest in that area.

With a raise at my current job due in July 1998 those increases would be $2000-3500.

There isn't really any salary surveys that I know of publically available. I also realize that money should not be sole criterion, but assume that these jobs are essentially in the same field and provide some growth in technical skills and responsibility with similar benefit packages.

What is your experience? I would find it helpful to get a better idea of the amount of increases people take when they move to another position.
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