I Don't Want to be Underpaid
I'm finishing up year 2 of my 3 year FLDP. I'm at a top Aerospace and Defense company, and a "perk" to this program is that I'll automatically be promoted to Sr. Financial Analyst when I'm done.
Here is the problem- A&D is arguably the lowest paying industry. I found a data pull in our financial system that shows exact salaries for different job grades in different cities, and found that SFAs with 5-6 years experience average right at $70k ($2k average deviation) in lower COL metros (think Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix). Higher COL areas (NE, LA, DC) take that average to about $75k. Much lower than I was hoping, especially at 5-6 years experience.
I've been looking to leave A&D after my FLDP for a handful of reasons that include pay. So here is my question- what SFA salary could I realistically command coming off a top FLDP? Would it benefit me to take the promotion to Sr, and then try to leave shortly after that? Any advice is appreciated.