Im currently studying at UCLA for undergrad. I taught myself web programming as well. Right now I'm doing my first internship, and I'm getting paid 6k/month.
Amongst my friends, there seems to be a wide range. Most of my friends seems to be earning 70-90k / year right out of college. 70k seems to be the low end, and I probably wouldn't go for anything lower, especially if he's had experience under his belt.
From my experiences, a CS degree does not matter. When it comes down to it, it's your projects that you have published/worked on that shines. It shows passion. Having great projects will get your resume noticed, and the rest of the interview journey is your ability to handle technical questions.
Hope this helps,
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> Hello everyone, asking for your help with something (a question).
> A friend of mine's son has been offered an entry-level/internship
> position with a PHP shop that is moving to Rails. He doesn't have
> a CS degree, but has a BA in Cognitive Science (related to user
> interface design) from UC Berkeley, and was a customer support tech
> at Google for five years right out of UC Berkeley. He's teaching
> himself web programming, and is very sharp - he just developed, and
> is selling, an iPhone app using appcelerator, a platform that uses
> My question is: what do you think would be a typical starting
> salary for such an entry level/internship position in a PHP shop
> moving to Rails, for someone with his sort of background?
> Thanks very much, any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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> To be real unless he is a ruby rockstar! he should prove himself 20 30 per hr is more than fair if he does not have a hit list,but the market and the tech level say it all!
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