Salary advice for a new graduate
Hi everyone! I'm about to graduate with a Master's degree in Educational Technology and have started applying for jobs. During my Master's program, I discovered that I have a passion and talent for e-learning, so I'm focusing my search on jobs in that area. However, since all of the e-learning projects I've created so far have been for school (with the exception of one project I did for an internship in the fall), I'm a little unsure about how to answer the salary question.
Using the eLearning Guild's salary calculator, for my level of education, experience, etc. I get a benchmark salary of $82,000. According to the Guild's 2016 US Salary Report, I'm in the second highest paid city (Los Angeles, average salary of $98,130) for the e-learning industry, but still, $82K seems much higher than I expected for someone right out of school. Is that really an accurate salary projection for someone just starting out with a Master's degree, or would I scare a potential employer off with that figure? Also, what would be an appropriate hourly rate for contract jobs?