How much do ~average~ software engineers *actually* make?
Everyone loves to compare tech to finance by talking about how much FAANG etc. SEs make, but let's be real there are only a select few elite coders who are actually making it rain at these places. Where does the average joe software engineer work, and how much does he actually make? When you compare this to finance, is it really better? Is the comparison really accurate?
Edit: it has come to my attention that these top tech companies alone hire amounts of coders an order of magnitude greater than the entirety of all ib analysts hired in a single year. This definitely changes the perspective.