What are you worth?

When was the last time you really thought about your worth? I don’t mean your intangible value as a human being, but the monetary value you can place on your professional skills.

Text by Leah Guren


What are you worth?

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With any profession, the prices that can be charged or the salaries that can be demanded are dictated by the same factors:

  • Geographical area: Obviously, salaries in Zurich are going to be very different than salaries in Bangalore.
  • Industry: TCs (technical communicators) in high-tech fields usually earn far more than those in a public domain, such as a university or hospital.
  • Special skills: TCs who can write API documentation or who have technical background in a specific industry can usually demand more than generic TCs.
  • Experience and reputation: A TC with ten or more years of experience and knowledge is worth more than a novice.
  • Market availability: A tight market with a shortage of TCs means different salaries than a glutted market.

But this does not mean that there is an algorithm that can calculate all of these variables and determine the exact amount that each of us is ...