I was in the $140k range for a number of years; then the downward slope hit and the 'new range' seems to be around $120k, if you are lucky. for a short bit I was hitting over $160k as a contractor but when bossman finds a way to outsource you, that's it - you're done.
that may seem like a lot of money, but for bay area middle aged professionals who live in a house, its not at all a lot of money! and going from 150 down to 120 is a HUGE step backward, let me tell you; especially when your healthcare is omitted, you have no sick time or vacation time and there WILL be big gaps between your gigs since companies actively avoid hiring locals unless they are absolutely forced to.
at least I'm not at HP where folks are being told they must leave HP, join some other company at half their pay and lose all seniority and benefits. man, the companies are outright declaring war on the middle class worker. if it has not hit you or someone you know, it will. don't be smug about your situation, as the greed and hunger for more power WILL find you and your job will be at risk like so many of the rest of us.
we can hang together or we can hang separately. yes, I'm pro-union even though I know that our own kind (software) won't ever man-up to admitting that we need help in balancing the power base against the corporations.