Well as of right now I'm in my second semester of my CS degree aiming for a job in software engineer. My current situation though is wondering if I should go to graduate school or not(the graduate degree would be MS software engineering).
I know it is something that is almost guaranteed to make your resume look better but the thing I'm worried about is the starting salary increase. I know money isn't everything when it comes to careers but if I'm going to spend an extra $30,000+ plus 2 years more of my life on further education I would at least hope there is a pay benefit to it.
So in your experience is there an average amount that a master's will yield over a bachelor's?
And another question: How often do you get raises in this field? I'm aware the pay is salary based in most cases, not hourly...but is there a annual pay increase? Or do the majority of companies do it on a performance based system?
Thanks for any information you can provide.
( The living area where this job will take place is Pittsburgh, PA by the way )