Why would anyone take a contract job over being a salaried employee?Jan 15, 2018
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?
- New / EngRollinUpmoreMakes 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
- 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.
- Uber / EngHVD2014I 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.
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- Salesforce iEmu37You 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.