What are the high paying tech jobs in Wash DC?

NASA KuGL25
Dec 27, 2017 21 Comments

I’m working at NASA outside of DC and considering looking for a higher paying job (I make 85K in the suburbs) while my wife goes to school. What are the companies to look for in DC? I did two internships at Google so I do have some industry experience.

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  • New / Eng eYLv05
    Internships at Google, working at NASA, and only getting $85k? That don't seem right. Negotiate hard for your next job.
    Dec 27, 2017 0
  • New / Eng zOcY81
    Washington DC is mainly govt contracting. To make over $120k you need to specialize in something and become a SME in that area. You'll make more money with the one off consulting companies versus working for a Lockheed, GD, etc.
    Dec 27, 2017 1
    • Facebook sum41pwd
      Another data point: I was making a more than that as a generalist working in Northern Virginia.
      Dec 27, 2017
  • NASA pHeU37
    yeah man, look for contracting companies or consultant jobs. They'll pay the most in this area. A higher clearance will also get you more money.
    Dec 27, 2017 6
    • New / Eng zOcY81
      They might be. What are your years of experience and job? What city do you work in?
      Dec 27, 2017
    • NASA KuGL25
      OP
      Intern at Google 2 summers, intern at NASA rest of undergrad while taking courses. Greenbelt, MD. full time since 2014
      Dec 27, 2017
    • NASA KuGL25
      OP
      job is software engineer
      Dec 27, 2017
    • NASA pHeU37
      whose the company? I worked for Harris/peraton and they underpaid everyone at my site. I ended up leaving, state dept is paying contractors more because of their hiring freeze
      Dec 28, 2017
    • NASA KuGL25
      OP
      the company was ASRC
      Dec 29, 2017
  • Facebook sum41pwd
    Pro tip: Remove your graduation year from your resume if you graduated after you started working full time. Also, don’t be afraid to negotiate.
    Dec 27, 2017 0
  • Facebook sum41pwd
    Are you a new grad? Years of experience? Software engineer?
    Dec 27, 2017 2
    • NASA KuGL25
      OP
      Software engineer and some data science, degree in math with a bunch of CS courses, i started full time in 2014 with five years as an intern at NASA and Google
      Dec 27, 2017
    • Facebook sum41pwd
      A bunch of smaller companies in the area should be able to give you $120k or more; for significantly more, consider hourly contracting or the few opportunities that FB, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have in the area. For MS and Amazon, the roles tend to be more consultant like than traditional engineering, so you’ll need solid people/relationship management skills too.
      Dec 27, 2017
  • eBay / Eng
    #yolo

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    The President post with the Government of USA at DC is pretty high paying, with great perks.
    Dec 27, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Eng ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
    Whoa, is NASA comp that terrible?
    Dec 27, 2017 3
    • Spotify iFqH15
      Unfortunately yes. I have a couple of friends who went to NASA. The only way to make comparable money in government is to be a contractor.
      Dec 27, 2017
    • Snapchat GoogChat
      Well they are the government. Pay is standardized.
      Dec 27, 2017
    • NASA KuGL25
      OP
      I am a contractor.
      Dec 27, 2017
  • Microsoft Cody-Stuff
    Product/Service Sales > consultant > contractor... Unless you find a specialized contractor or have your own.
    Dec 27, 2017 0
  • Oracle Jimbrootta
    If you are in blind and making only 85k, you must be doing internship while in kindergarten:) just joking . You deserve better
    Dec 27, 2017 0