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Why would anyone take a contract job over being a salaried employee?

New / EngEjDf82
Jan 15

Doesn’t make sense to me. With no health benefits or other benefits you had better be making a ton an hour to be a contract worker. How much more do you think is worth while?

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  • New / Eng
    RollinUp

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    RollinUpmore
    Makes a lot of sense if you have a partner who has good benefits. Then you might be able to get health care and such through them and then also make a ton more money. Win win
    Jan 152
    • New / EngEjDf82
      OP
      I see yeah that makes sense
      Jan 15
    • CoreLogic / Product
      Asiandude

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      Asiandudemore
      This.
      Jan 15
  • New GoLd13
    As a contractor I make 2-3x what I would be making in a full-time role. FT I could earn maybe $130-150k base. As a contractor I made just under $330k. I use my partner's benefits, have the freedom to take as much vacation as I want (though I don’t take much), always have an interesting new project on the horizon, and can give myself a raise with every new gig if I so choose. Unless I get stock that goes crazy, it doesn’t make sense for me to go FT.
    Jan 154
    • CoreLogic / Product
      Asiandude

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      Asiandudemore
      Good for you. What line of work? Eng?
      Jan 15
    • New GoLd13
      Marketing/Creative, usually copy and content
      Jan 15
    • Adobe pippen
      You must be very skilled! Awesome to hear someone outside of engineering on Blind getting paid!
      Jan 15
    • CoreLogic / Product
      Asiandude

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      Asiandudemore
      Seems craaazy high for such work?
      Jan 15
  • Uber / EngHVD2014
    I actually earned more as a software contractor for my current company than now as a full time employee, something to the tune of 2x, all in liquid cash too. However, as you mentioned - virtually no benefits, and you have to constantly justify your existence and pay like no other.
    Jan 150
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    • Amazon
      mUqi08

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      mUqi08more
      Depends on what other offers you get, only you can answer that
      Jan 16
  • New / EngEjDf82
    OP
    Hmm. Well I was offered $80 an hour as a contractor or 135k as an employee with nice benefits so full time was the obvious way to go
    Jan 150
  • New =^..^=
    I’m single with no ties to my current location. I plan on looking for a remote contract position next year so I can travel.
    Jan 150
  • Amazon
    mUqi08

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    mUqi08more
    Because they don't meet the bar?
    Jan 150
  • Salesforce iEmu37
    You can bounce around and earn a ton of experience. Great if you’re young and need to climb up your titles game. Getting $$$ is easy when you have 5 years experience and the word Senior or Lead on your resume, versus SDE2.

    Also great to break into industry when you have no degree or formal training.
    Jan 150
  • New / EngMillions
    In my project, I saw contractors making 250k per year while FTs make 100k. Though contractors left after 1.5 years but the FTs are still here.
    Jan 150
  • Apple Bnhjk56
    New tax plan benefits contractors with their own business over individual earners
    Jan 150
  • Google shbejfjwn
    When I was younger, hell yeah! I made way more right out of school on contract than I was offered in salaried positions. Most contracts do have a program you can enroll in for major benefits like healthcare.
    Jan 150

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