TL;DR I am doing very well at my current position, exceeding expectations and delivering on a daily basis work equal in complexity to Senior Engineers work. I have received compliments from both my manager, senior engineers and coworkers as well for the work I do, yet I am paid near Junior level salary. Asked for my salary to be reviewed, outcome uncertain.
I am currently working as a Front End Developer in a very successful company, joined the team around 5 months ago. During this 5 months I have made it my responsibility that I do my job the best I can and delivering quality code. During these 5 months I have been told I have been doing a very good job from everyone, even the top manager and I should be considered as a Senior.
Few days ago on a meeting with my manager I have finally asked what are the steps I need to take to become a Senior, before that I did not ask anything about promotion or money, I just kept on working.
The reply was that I need to complete my personal development plan which is 6 months long and to be fair I have the feeling they are giving me the carrot because the plan does not include technologies I am pursuing now and it will not make me better at front end development because the plan includes getting to know the back end services. I started this plan 1 month ago. Then my manager told me that they need to speak with the other bosses to see if they can allocate money and if they need more seniors on board, which contradicts everything said before that when they were saying they want to make me a Senior.
I replied to everything basically with something along the lines that the 6 months plan is too long for what I am doing at the moment and it will be nice to receive some sort of incentive for the work I have done and I keep on doing.
My current salary is £3k more than a standard junior salary and I am becoming very frustrated because when I actually started asking questions they started saying "oh we need to see if we have the budget" or "we need to see if we need one more senior".
I do not care about the title, I have a family and all I care about is being paid accordingly for the work I am doing.
I don't think I am wrong but if I am please let me know and share an advice if you can.
I have no plan of action at the moment, the only thing I was thinking about was my family and being good at my job. Should I start reaching other companies or just be patient? Thanks for your input.