Note that I have graduated not long ago - so I do not have much work experience.
- I am 26.
- I have a double-degree from a top French engineering school and a top 10 US university.
- I have worked as an engineer in IT R&D for a couple years.
- I am now doing a PhD (in my first year) in 3D Vision / AI in a famous French research institute.
My question came initially from the fact that, once I finish my PhD, my expected initial salary seems to be about 45k€ at best where I work now - while people in other domains (e.g. consulting / medical field) or countries (UK / US) seem to earn way, way more. The difference is even bigger with executives in public companies (400k€+).
So my conclusion is that, apparently, if I stay working as just an engineer (and even more so in France), I will hardly ever have a "high income" (e.g. 100k€+).
It seems that only by going for management jobs or having my own company would I have a higher income. And the sooner the better, as people who are in executive positions do not seem to have worked for a long time in technical positions.
Can an engineer earn as much as people in executive positions? Or am I missing something obvious here?