Recently I've been getting a serious jump on my professional career now having worked at a Fortune 50 company last summer and currently working for a company which IPO'd a month ago. I've recently understood a problem in my field that causes me to get offered significantly lower salaries just because of my age, not because of my skill level.
A way the companies I have/am working for try to maintain consistency is by determining salary primarily on location, age, and how far done I am with college. This makes it quite difficult for someone like me with extensive "informal" experience in the field to get a salary most appropriate given my skill set.
For the purposes of this question, assume that I have the skill set of a recent college graduate, the problem I've seen is that HR has difficultly quantifying technical skill set, and even if you have someone to vouch for you there is no clear process to evading the age restriction.
The sad part is that I am not just claiming that I have xyz skills, I have documented evidence in my resume. For example, given my field is information security, I have over thirteen documented vulnerabilities in my resume and six CVE's assigned to my name.
Although especially with this new job, I'm being placed in an exclusive team doing some seriously technical work, the same old "location, age, and college level" policy has been used to determine my salary. My issue is that my location, age, and college level do not accurately describe my skill set and value, and I feel like it ends up being a case of "reverse age discrimination".
Furthermore, compared to other engineering interns, I get paid substantially less (about 20%), although I might do more intensive tasks then them. They only get paid more because they are older and at a higher college level, when it comes to experience they only have one internship like I do.
My goal isn't to get paid at the same rate as a full-time hire, I only want to be paid at the same rate as other interns (regardless if they do less intensive work then me). How can I achieve at minimum the same rate as other interns?