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I'm a recent college grad starting my first software engineering job. I received an offer I like but the title is associate engineer. I'm used to seeing junior engineer. Is this pretty much the same thing?

Salary is $70k + stock options.

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Moderators -- please leave this open although there is no possible answer to this as job titles vary from organization to organization and even within organizations, it is still an interesting question. –  James Anderson Oct 6 '11 at 6:07
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Its incredibly localised, as job titles can mean anything. They are unique to each company. They may be similar but there is no legal definition for the majority of titles. –  Kevin D Oct 6 '11 at 8:43
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70k + stock options for a junior?! I gotta get out of this backwater town, it took me 6 years to make that much. :( –  maple_shaft Oct 6 '11 at 11:00

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Some consultant probably told the company that it would be better for morale if you don't call anyone 'Junior ...'

Don't get hung-up by the title they give you, what really matters is the work you get to do.

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Some places have fun with job titles. The best that I have seen in a long time is "Eric Jacobsen, Minister of Algorithms, Intel Corp." –  Ian Oct 6 '11 at 8:08
    
I work for a company that, at the time I started, only hired very experienced people and recruited employees by invitation from the staff. Most of us share a title with the greeter at your local Wal-Mart. –  Blrfl Oct 6 '11 at 10:05
    
I got a tour of the Lagunitas Brewery a few years back, and our guide's business card showed his title as Beer Weasel. –  Peter Rowell Oct 6 '11 at 17:28

Titles vary greatly from country to region to company. My experience is that the salary you receive is a far better indicator of the job's importance than the title. I once had the title of Senior Systems Software Programmer, Specialist, and each of those modifiers changed which pay range I was in. Simply ridiculous.

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Thanks. Added salary to question. –  Chris Oct 6 '11 at 6:12
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@Peter, your acronym would be SSSPS. Quite a mouthful. –  tehnyit Oct 6 '11 at 9:20

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