What about pursuing the poor man's MBA - i.e., getting a CFA? You can continue earning the nice coin and then 2-3 years later, you've got 5+ years experience, strong comp, and the CFA. Then, consider going into investment banking or similar - something that both excites you AND allows high compensation, Taking a detour to get a technical degree and all is in no way a "bad move", but that won't guarantee the outcome you're looking for. By the way, I think your post would go to the top of any credible list of "first world problems"!! Congrats!