Since people are already melting down at an engineer’s salary, let’s pour fuel on the fire with a Hard Truth:

Engineers are almost never the most highly compensated employees in a company.
"Who is?"


The high performing salespeople will make magnitudes more than the average. Sales directors and heads of sales will often get paid shockingly large amounts of money. And it's usually all or mostly cash compensation.
"How much does a top performer in B2B sales make?"

You give the rainmakers what they want.

This is also why you see toxic shitty people as "head of sales" who still have a job. It's hard to fire the person who closes $20 million a year. (Not defending this pattern!)
The lifeblood of a company is "revenue." Companies value the roles that increase that revenue. Engineering is rarely that. "Sales covers all sins." You can do a whole lot of stuff that's messed--culturally and from business operations. With enough sales? You can get by.
Horrifying levels of technical debt? Paved over with sales!

Profoundly disturbing culture? Paved over with sales!
Broadcom bought CA for $18.9 billion and fired a shitload of people--what they actually were buying was the enterprise sales staff. The IP that came with it was basically a bonus.
Absolutely. Screw this one up and you'll lose money on every deal while your sales folks buy fleets of yachts.

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