I started in the electrical/controls trade 20+ years ago. I started in a warehouse threading rigid conduit for a commercial electrical contractor and after going trough an electrical apprenticeship, getting my unlimited electrical contractors licence, installing industrial and DDC controls I have found myself as the lead programmer for a growing controls contractor.
I'm reaching 10 years with the same company and I am being told that I am reaching the top of my salary range and the only way for me to increase my pay is to become management.
There are a couple problems with that, I'm the type of person who gets things done, not getting people to do them and I simply love programming. I started with Tridium R2 and was one of the first to become AX certified in my area. I work with a Honeywell contractor and think the Spyder controller is one of the best available today.
My question is.....If an employee is making you money, gets the job done, and is heavily relied on is there truly a top pay mark?
What is a reasonable salary for a controls programmer who also provides most of the technical support for the controls and sequence interpretations for a company?