My brother got an offer from an investment bank for a job doing software development and quantitative research. They low-balled him at $110,000 and he's a bit upset and having a debate on whether to relocate from Silicon Valley. The year end bonus varies but seems to be on the order of 30-40k. Couple of details about my brother: - He has an Ivy League graduate degree - He has an engineering undergraduate degree from a top technical school - He's got 5 years of technical experience Now, I urged him to apply around here so he'd be closer to family. However, I can't speak to the compensation. Is he right to be upset, or does it pretty much top out at 130-140 at the big banks? What's his path from there on out? He likes trading, but he's more of the kind of guy who just likes to work on tough problems for the sake of working on tough problems. His other alternative is working at a SiValley startup he seems to have a lot of faith in. I'm trying to convince him the startup's odds of success are low. Can someone else comment on his situation? What would you do in his shoes?