RPA Jobs and Salary Information – RPA WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE

How Much Money Do RPA Developers Make?

As many of you know, we’ve been taking the last couple of weeks to survey the RPA jobs market in the US.

I wanted to understand your ROI from spending up $499 to $1499 on our RPA training.

The most tangible good news is that several of you have reached out to tell me that you have got jobs on the back of our training. Nothing makes me happier than hearing that.

Also, we have had a couple of people who have been through our training ask if we have students they can recruit.

In addition, about a dozen huge recruitment firms across the globe have reached out asking if we can create a candidate database for them to access.

But my market research has opened up some interesting details.

I’ve looked at the Developer/Architect market – mainly because I know that many of you are investing in your own training to become RPA developers.

But, is the money there for RPA Developers?

I posted my resume on Dice and here’s what I learned.

  • Generally, there seem to be way more jobs in the South than in North
  • Dallas, Richardson, Tampa, North Carolina are major hubs of activity
  • [And on a global level, from our web statistics, Toronto and Sydney are way busier by relative size than New York or London]
  • $55 per hour is the lowest I saw, in Tampa
  • Crossing the $100 per hour threshold is difficult
  • The most I saw was $120 per hour, and the recruiter was coming out in a rash at that level
  • Even in NYC rates can be as low as $70 per hour
  • Big NYC/Swiss investment bank was struggling to pay $106 per hour
  • One banking opportunity was $66 per hour but they’d not filled the roles in 3 months of trying
  • On an annual salary basis Verizon was sweating at $120k working from home (not bad, depending on where you live).
  • A major consulting firm was recruiting at the rate of $70.42. This was for an internal role – fixing internal operations. Bear in mind that their client-facing consultants are earning $180+k and being billed out for $3000 per day, this seems like a joke. If their clients get value at $3k per day – why pay $70.42 for internal RPA work?!?!
  • A few agencies have said that they have some supply but that clients are in Stop/Start mode – but that’s life

It just feels like the employer market needs to wake up.

I think that good recruiters recognise this – but the robo-recruiters who chase a lot of the market certainly don’t. They really don’t have a clue, let alone have the skills to educate employers. They just want to fill a post quickly.

Anyone looking for an RPA role has to realise that they are in the driving seat.
It is a seller’s market. Learn to say “no”.

  1. Every major, reputable recruiter I know has said the same thing – THERE IS NO SUPPLY!
  2. There is almost no one available with 2+ years experience – on any platform.
  3. The financial impact of a good RPA developer/architect is huge
  4. These are not commodity resources – these are gateways to an incredible journey
  5. For employer’s it is time to invest in your skillset.

But even at $70 per hour that’s a 3 day ROI on your $1499 investment.



Are We Being Unethical?

Gradually we are building a community around RPA.

Training, traditionally, has been “learn to earn”.

Buy a course and move on.

But at the heart of any community is survival and advancement.

Inevitably that boils down to money.

Now and for the future.

Pick up a new skill. Keep yourself relevant. Stay with or ahead of the market.

Which means that every day we have people who invest in their careers.

Maybe we are doing something unique; maybe we are just a few steps ahead of the crowd. Who knows.

But gradually we build the trust.

And here’s the good news

Students roll off our training and into jobs.

And we’ve had “alumni” – can I call them that – reach out and ask our students to apply for jobs with their company.

That makes us feel good.

But there is always the big unknown.

If I take this RPA training, how much money will I earn by the end?

Job data is hard to come by.

Especially in a new field.

And it is hard to understand exactly what job boards like Indeed really mean with their salaries.

So, here’s what I have been doing all week…

  1. I’ve turned my profile on the job boards to “Yes, I’m looking for a job”.
  2. I’ve had 20 enquiries already – mainly because my resume says “RPA” on it.
  3. With every enquiry I’ve asked what the rate/salary is.
  4. And I’ve been collating it all in one document
  5. From that I’ll publish what I’ve learned, probably some time early next week.

I hope this is ethical.

So far it shows that the $$$ is there.

And that some recruiters are missing the fact that the RPA jobs market is tight.

More soon…

Or reach out to me directly

Where are the women in RPA? (Alternatively, Is RPA Killing Women’s Jobs?)

Where are all the women in robotic process automation trainingTwo questions.

Where are the women in RPA?

Is RPA Killing Women’s Jobs?
Where Are All the Women in Robotic Process Automation?

Complicated issues – and I am not qualified to answer either them.

Not as a woman, not as a technologist, not as a psychologist, not as an anything.

But here’s what I’ve been observing.

We launched The RPA Academy 4 weeks ago and the feedback is reassuringly excellent.

Certainly there is huge demand for education and knowledge on the business issues around RPA and for training on the platforms.

It is funny that we all talk about “big data” but I wonder how many business owners really study their Google Analytics.

I have to force myself to look at it, but it constantly surprises me:

  1. It showed up the huge relative demand for RPA skills and knowledge in Australia and Canada.
  2. It showed up the amazingly relatively low uptake in RPA interest in the US, certainly compared to other smaller countries.

But most staggering is the huge disparity between the sexes!

Just look at the stats.

This is exactly what our Google Analytics is showing after 4 weeks of being live. And this is from thousands of visits!

the interest of women versus men in Robotic Process Automation training

76.6% of all visits come from men.

And our classes are more than 90% male.

You can rehash lots of discussion about why women don’t like technology and rattle off a load of well-worn facts and less-valid opinions.

But, the real concern is that I would guess – pure guess – that most of the jobs being impacted by RPA are actually being performed by women.

That applies as much to the impacted jobs in the US and UK as it does to impacted jobs in India.

This creates real issues.

For years lower level jobs provided additional income for women (and men, too, obviously) at various stages in their career, balancing life and family requirements with earning requirements.

Maybe it was less challenging work, but certainly fulfilling a supply and demand from workers and employees.

  • So if those jobs disappear because of RPA, what happens to those employees?
  • And if women are not picking up the RPA skills and knowledge, what does that mean for their future?

If our Google Analytics tells the right story, there is an emerging issue that we really need to be thinking about, before it gets too late.

All I can say is what I am seeing.

Does anyone have any other perspectives?

Edward is the founder of The RPA Academy. For live, online courses and classes in Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, and the business issues around RPA go to