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    Samuel
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    Dear Interviewer:
    I’ve read some of your responses on this forum, and would like to take advantage of your experience in the SS field.
    Since my BB certification I keep asking myself if  I have a competitive salary, according to my experience level and geographic location, but can’t seem to find a good answer. So, here’s my question:
    I’m a certified BB with one year of experience in SS, a BS in Industrial Engineering, and 7 years of experience in the transaction processing industry ( Operations Management). I currently work for a transaction processing Company. My geographic location is the southwest, more specifically the southern texas border, and I’m fully bilingual in spanish. My salary is 40K per year (including bonus).
    According to your experience, can I say that I’m underpaid??
    Thank you for your help, I’ll greatly appreciate it.
    Samuel.

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    #77288

    M
    Participant

    Samuel,
     
    Let me chime in here if I may. 40K, I think thats way low even for texas. With those qualification and experience in California you could expect to make 60K atleast.

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    #77294

    broyal
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    I worked in South Texas for many years and am pretty familiar with salaries down there. It seems to me that your salary is a little below average for that part of the country —  (Brownsville/Harlingen/McAllen/Laredo). I would expect someone with your degree, your experience and the BB certification should be making $50,000 to $55,000.
    As you must know, salaries in South Texas can be as much as 25% to 35% lower for the same job in Dallas, Houston, or Austin.
    Additionally, BBs I know in the transaction processing area are typically paid less than those in manufacturing, regardless of the region of the country.  There are some exceptions to this — many banks recently have experienced BBs at fairly high salaries, i.e. starting at more than $70,000/annually plus bonuses.

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    #77380

    Interviewer
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    Hi Samuel,Sorry for the delay in response. I didn’t notice the thread until recently as I’ve been traveling.Geographic location limits salary potential tremendously. If you were located in a dense city (New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, etc.), there is a greater probability of achieving a higher salary level.Based on the information you provided, I’m going to assume that you are located in El Paso (just for cost of living comparison calculation purposes, I have no idea what city you are located in). It’s fantastic that you are a bilingual certified Black Belt. That has very good value to employers.If I use the Cost of Living Salary Calculator at another website, I can determine the cost of living comparison from a city I know (New York) to a city I don’t (El Paso, for illustration purposes). By plugging in your information, I determined that your total compensation would be approximately $127,000 (based on cost of living adjustments) in NYC. That is a very competitive salary for a Black Belt. This, again, makes assumptions about where you live and I don’t have all of the information, but you can see my thought process and try some calculations by yourself.Here’s another option for determining if you’re underpaid: Go on two to three interviews with other companies. The best way to find out what you’re worth is to look around. Maybe one interview and offer is all you need to determine worth.I hope some of what I’ve presented above is of value to you. Good luck in your endeavors.The Interviewer

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    #77392

    Samuel
    Member

    Interviewer: Thanks for your input and advice. I’ll definitely look around to feel the local market.
    M and Broyal, thanks for your input as well.
    Regards,
    Samuel.

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    #77395

    [email protected]
    Participant

    hello
    I am a green belt witha trxn processing unit currently doinga metrics project for invoice payments( vendor payments)
    Would you be comfortable sharing some project approach, especially wrto voice of customer questionairre, if you have experience in it.
    A sample of your survey questionairre would be really nice.
    Regards.AB

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    #77402

    Samuel
    Member

    Unfortunately, I have not used any VOC surveys on any of my projects, but I could share any other info. that you might need.
    Samuel.

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    #77403

    Ashman
    Member

    Absolutely if money is improtantly to you. $60~70k is about right.

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    #78632

    Oswald
    Participant

    Dear Interviewer:
    Appealing to your experience in the field, What would be the salary range for a bilingual (spanish & english) six sigma trainer who will work in for a Consulting firm with business in many Spanish speaking countries (including Europe) and be based in the US Northeast?
    I’m talking about 10 years experience in Manufacturing and Design including 4 years as a BB and Six Sigma Trainer in a World Wide Corporation.
    Any help would be appreciated.
     

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    #78650

    Ron
    Member

    Compensation in a consulting firm is a function of supply and demand.
    How many people with your qualificationsar there ? How many are willing to travel 99% ofthe time.  How will you be compensated for your time out of the country?
    Are you a certified Blackbelt from a recognized six sigma program?
    Bottom line shop arond at competitors consulting firms see what they are willing to offer.  Remeber once you begin doing consulting work it is difficult to reassimilate back into a permananet job..
     
     

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    #78656

    Heebeegeebee BB
    Participant

    In DFW area, 80k-120k is not out of hand for a BB.   I know several BB’s that make over 80K in this region.   Like Interviewer said, El Paso, maybe not, but the larger companies are ponying-up more $$

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    #78658

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Samuel,
    I live in Texas (West of Austin – I think – I haven’t been home in a while) so I am familiar with the area.
    You are under paid. It probably isn’t as important to say as it is to do something about it.

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    #78670

    Aggie
    Participant

    In Houston area – 60 to 100k depending on previous work experience, typically 2-4 years at the lower end and 8-10 at the higher end.  I know, I’ve recruited and offered jobs to several.
    Samuel, the size and scope (industry) of the company is as important if not more than geography.  The guy telling you that 40k in El Paso would get you 120 in NY is on crack.  Does 100 get you 300?  Gimme a break.  No way do companies ever fully adjust for cost of living differences.  Having said that, 40K for a BB ANYWHERE is probably at the very low end.
    Aggie.

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    #78676

    Samuel
    Member

    Aggie,
    Thanks so much for your feedback. Are you a recruiter ??, If so, could you share your e-mail address or telephone number so I can contact you offline ??
    Mike and everyone who responded, thanks a lot for your comments, I really appreciate everyone’s input.
    Samuel.

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    #78677

    Anonymous
    Participant

    Dear Samuel
    We use the figure of US$8000/Month in the financial validation of the project for the time spent by the BB.   I don’t know the basis of this figures, however speaking to other BB’s , I understand that they also use similar figures for the Project Validation.  
    So It looks like definitely you are underpaid.
     
     
    Regards
     
    Anonyomous
     

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    #78695

    Samuel
    Member

    Dear Anonymous,
    Could you explain what do you mean by the financial validation of the project for the time spent by the BB ??
    Thanks,
    Samuel

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    #78696

    Anonymous
    Participant

    Dear Mr. Samuel
    For a full time BB, the cost incurred for his time is US$8000/Month.  Once you  are validating your project for the savings, you need to deduct the cost for the time spent by you  to arrive at Benefits before PTOI.
    Hope it clarifies.
     
    Anonymous
     

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