[erlang-questions] Standard modern salary for an Erlang programmer?

David Mitchell monch1962@REDACTED
Mon Mar 30 02:25:32 CEST 2009

You need to understand that this is a role that (a) not many people will be
qualified to fill, (b) most who could fill it will have been coding for 20+
years, (c) it's a contract rate, so no holiday pay, paid sick leave, health
insurance, etc. - you have to foot these out of your own pocket, (d) it
probably involves relocating to Canberra, which is not something to take
lightly, (e) a lot of those who would be qualified technically would not be
interested in it, and (f) it's almost certainly going to primarily
maintaining code written many years ago, by people who either left or
retired years ago.
I'm sure the last horse-and-buggy manufacturer enjoyed a long lucrative
career maintaining stuff made by his former competitors.  He would've been
the last one left with a skill that hadn't quite died, and therefore had a
monopoly position servicing demand from the remaining few who hadn't yet
switched to cars.  Hopefully he had enough pride in his work and the
near-complete lack of ambition that would've been required to make it
enjoyable; I know I couldn't have done it.

I'm so old that I have not-particularly-fond memories of doing support
coding in COBOL back in the early 80s.  It would take considerably more than
this rate to have me interested in reliving those times, in Canberra of all

Dave M.

2009/3/28 jm <jeffm@REDACTED>

> Knowing dead languages seems to pay well. At least in computing.
> Here's a recent ad for a Cobol job in ACT, Australia.
> Telon Coolgen Cobol Specialist
> Salary:  $180,000
> 12 month contract
> http://www.seek.com.au/users/apply/index.ascx?Sequence=94&PageNumber=1&JobID=15166601
> Jeff.
> mats cronqvist wrote:
> >
> >   Although I agree with the sentiment here, it seems you're calling
> >   Java "a new language that's gaining popularity." Surely Java is
> >   the Cobol of the '00s?
> >
> >   Maybe it's time to put FORTRAN77 back on the CV.
> >
> >   mats
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