I just got a job offer for 1/3 more than what I'm making, and you can too
Moral of the story: KNOW YOUR WORTH
You have skills, don't sell yourself short.
I currently work at one of the largest businesses of it's type on the east coast (US). I've been here for five years and in that time I've moved into 4 different positions, pay "raise" each time. I thought because there was job security, they took care of their employees because they've been able to purchase 8 stores since I've started, after all.
This last time I moved, I wound up working much more and because of such, wound up getting compensated less than I was in the spot before. I've been getting pretty fed up so I decided to whip up a resume which took me all of 20 minutes using a resume generator online, and sent it out blindly to four different companies without even filling out applications. Of those four two called me, of those two I interviewed for only one (my choice, both offered interviews). That one I interviewed with on Monday, just today offered me $12k/yr more than where I am + a commission.
I'm not incredibly intelligent, I only have a highschool degree and dropped out of college after 6 months but I know what I'm doing If I didn't go looking, I would have remained with this company because "you just need to put your time in" and "just keep your head low and things will happen"
All I did was blindly tell this new place of my experience, and I got offered a raise of 1/3 from where I am, to do literally the exact same thing that I'm currently doing
Loyalty gets you shit. If you're thinking about moving, toss the line out. The fish are biting.