I had an opportunity to leave my job for a 40% increase in pay about 10 months after I started
Regarding this tidbit, did you leverage it with the employer you were at to get better pay? Or did you simply sweep it under the rug?
I'm not so much looking to move upward to management in the next few years. More so I am looking to get a better pay. I am very comfortable with my job, and it is constantly changing/involving new skills. So me being comfortable with not moving up is not hindering me one bit. As long as I continue to master new skills, I increase my reputation within the community.
Salary growth and increased bonuses for my position is available at other firms. The average salary on most sites is in the ballpark of 27-45% increase on what I currently make. The reason my salary is good is the fact I live in a low cost of living area. Although most of the firms that offer better pay are in expensive cities, they do allow the employee to work from home which negates the cost of living argument.