That sounds about right. Most people in fields like that can make even more (Most Engineers start with 60-70k plus per year).
This is why people to go college.
It can depends on area a lot, in some places $40k is good money in some areas it is not much at all.
I must say that in 3 years working in Zara I only earn between 15k€-20k€ having 856 + commision (not usually more than a 100 execept for cristmas) per month wich is around 910-1000 at the end of the month. These Cristmas I earnt 2,5k (whole december) working on the 24th and 31th (40 hours /week). I´m surprise to see how someone has said that working on Mcdonalds you can make 30k per year.
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[22:14] <+Lia> And why is Ruken molesting trees?
[22:14] <@Rukentuts> Because they give me wood.
[22:14] <+Lia> ...
[22:14] <+Lia> worst pun ever
[22:15] * Rukentuts boughs.
Of course you need to be in the top 10% of Harvard to get a chance at an interview there.
And my info is dated to 2007. Might've changed after the lawyer crisis.
btw, i'm from norway, and we never talk about salary by the month, always year. so i'm guessing it's you swedes that are weird, not the US :P haven't heard before that most countries in eu says pr month either :P anyway, 30k pr year sounds hilariously low :P that sounds like less than something you would earn at mcdonalds working 3 days a week beside school even :P
when you say 18k SEK you probably ment 180k SEK :P i work in the railroad and i make about 700k NOK a year, so 30k USD a year sounds silly low :P
I've read up a bit and ''Sverige ingenjörer'' recommend that you demand a minimum of 29k sek/month which is about 53,5k usd/year.
source (swedish): http://www.ingenjorskarriar.se/lon/article3470217.ece
I graduated a few years ago with an electrical engineering degree from a state university. I now work for a defense contractor as a lvl 1 test engineer and i started out at about 65k + bonuses. I think if you were going to a prestegious school and were top of your class you might have a chance at 90-100k, but more likely your looking at around 50k.
Edit: Oh I get it. He did a bad currency conversion. Anyway the correct conversion looks normal.
US incomes aren't as high as some other countries, yet a lot higher than some other countries. But 30k per month is just not realistic
As to why it's 'only' 30-50k, when cleaners in Sweden according to you make 30k, well it's a starting salary. The website you linked has much higher salaries for just couple of years of experience, and I don't think cleaners pay changes that much from 30k, right?
You also have to consider if you're your average guy, or a super-star working on latest technologies. I am sure you can make triple digits if you're a super star, but again, that would be 100k, not 600k
Lol. 30-50k a month would be nice, but when it comes to US, it is annually as you found out. And depending where you live, 50K is not even enough.
I have a double B.Eng. degree myself in both Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering. My starting salary was way higher than that. I do live and work in Norway though, and I have quite a lot of traveling hours each year. I do know how the salary is in Sweden, and my advice is to try getting some international experience. By international experience I mean that you either study or move to a different country for some time. I studied in Singapore myself. The international experience would be contributing to a higher salary over time.
In regards to your degree, are you planning on taking a Ph.D.? In most countries 8-9 years would equal that degree. I have my doubts about being able to finish that course in such a strict manner. Your best bet would be to take a B.Eng. or a M.Sc. and taking the Ph.D. over time. I'm currently planning to start on a Ph.D. myself in close cooperation with my current employer.