In the U.S. context, I feel the FTE developer position is, on average, least appealing, though some do earn a lot such as some quant developers and CS Doctor. My very rough ranking is
- senior mgr
- FTE-dev including entry-level manager roles
Without bonus, the FTE-dev is often lowest. However, bonus is seldom guaranteed.
I exclude the pure quants (or physicians) as a different field from IT.