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Old 11-27-2013, 10:57 AM
 
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Because a lot of the employers in the Virginia suburbs of DC are government contractors having difficulty making ends meet due to sequestration cuts.
Perhaps this is true over the last year or so. I'm not sure whether the OP is taking a longer view than that, however.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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Family issues. You can't just uproot a family and leave.

um, yes, you can. My father "uprooted" our family 6 times when I was a child. It was fine.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:31 AM
 
Location: VA soon to be NC
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I think it is fair to generalize and it has nothing to do with skills or abilities, and everything to do with the stinginess of DC companies. I have awesome credentials and whenever I look for new positions I receive one offer per interview and I end up with multiple positions to choose from. I am talking about published, known salary ranges for open positions in this market. I just compare those to positions elsewhere in the country and find that NOVA employers are so cheap in comparison, although this is one of the most congested, expensive areas in this country. For example, I consistently see positions that pay $160K-$180K in New York and California that only pay $120K-$140K in DC, and around $100K-$120K in the Midwest and Southwest.

Those ranges seem in line to me for those metro areas. NYC and Cal are higher COL areas.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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Those ranges seem in line to me for those metro areas. NYC and Cal are higher COL areas.
Is New York or CA really 1.3 times as expensive as NOVA? I don't think that is true. And if you factor in traffic, the poor mass transit options, and the lack of flexible work environments (mostly government contractors 9-5, dress code, no telecommute) I think NOVA comes close if not even exceeds the cost of living of New York and CA.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:00 PM
 
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will never come close to earning "only" $120k salary
I am just speaking hypothetically about salary ranges in this area compared to other areas. I am not saying $120K is low, but I am saying it's low compared to what you can get elsewhere.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: VA soon to be NC
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In general the COL is higher in NYC metro compared to here. You CAN l ive cheaply here if you dont care so much for school districts. Also not Government and maybe contractors will subsidize the Metro for you.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:33 PM
 
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Is New York or CA really 1.3 times as expensive as NOVA? I don't think that is true. ...I think NOVA comes close if not even exceeds the cost of living of New York and CA.
I realize this may not be completely equivalent but I decided to take a look at data from Vienna VA, Tenafly NJ and Costa Mesa CA. Looking at such metrics as median salaries and housing prices, NOVA seems to come out favorably compared to similar LA and NYC suburbs.
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:00 PM
 
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As others have said or implied, several areas are pricier than here: San Francisco, San Jose, Manhattan, Honolulu, and probably others. But of course, greater DC is still more expensive than 90% of the USA.

In the DC area, I've worked for private employers, nonprofits, and the federal government. I do think the private employers are at the greatest disadvantage, in that they can only raise salaries so much. The federal government has locality pay (which, counterintuitively, is not based on cost of living but on average regional salaries). So-called nonprofits are often able to pay quite well through member dues and donations.

If you're unhappy with your salary, it could just be the line of work you're in, sorry to say. Some types of work have more people willing and able to do the job than there are positions.

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Old 11-27-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I still would like to see some job listings linked for comparisons sake. One from NoVA vs ones from the Midwest, southwest, etc.
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:43 PM
 
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Family issues. You can't just uproot a family and leave.
Of course you can; people do it every day, usually for job opportunities. If you've been here for five years and are still unhappy about it, that's probably not going to change. Explain to your spouse and children that you'll have a better quality of life with the higher salary your awesome credentials will bring you from a non-cheap employer in one of those places you'll be happier in with less congestion and a lower cost of living.
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