A total of 60 different people from across the world completed the survey. I saw a mix of corporate executives, entry-level engineers, and freelancers with anywhere from 3 to 20 years of experience in the field.
Valuing your own skills isn’t easy – a fact evidenced by many freelancers starting their careers with laughably low billable rates. That said, it’s an important component of any job search or any long-term career strategy.
I have had some toxic managers making laughably poor valuations of my talent in the past that, in turn, corrupt my perception of what I’m worth today. As a result, I likely settle for less than I should today.
Just because a handful of CEOs use their $1 salary as a gimmick doesn’t mean it’s a target to shoot for.