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Old 12-30-2008, 12:19 PM
 
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My husband and I live in a very small town in WV where he works for the DOD, but there is no job opportunity for me. We have toyed around with the idea of me getting a job in the NOVA area and living there during the week and returning to WV on the weekends, we are about 3 1/2 hours away. I am trying to figure out what would be a good salary for me to consider that would allow me to live in the area as well as us save for the future. My income would be used just for my living expenses there and savings. I actually have an interview in Alexandria next week for a position listed at 58-78 with the Dept of Army but my husband tells me that it will be more since the Gov does a pay differential for the Nova area. Guess I will find out next week. Kinda whated to have an idea of what to ask for before I go.

Anyways ... just wanted some advise as to whether it is even possible or if I am wasting my time

Thanks
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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It's certainly doable. For the money, you should be able to get an efficiency or room-for-rent that would be adequate for weeknights and would leave some reasonable leftover cash each week to take home. I know two women who commute to downtown DC on such a basis...one from Boston and one from Nashville. They each work four 10-hour days per week, so they're in on Monday morning, out again on Thursday evening. The possibility of a 4x10 workweek might be something to ask about...
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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I'm not sure if you are looking at a GS schedule pay position but if you are here is the 2008 local pay table.
http://www.opm.gov/oca/08tables/pdf/DCB.pdf

Think carefully about this move and consider how you want to live during the week. A "nice" one bedroom apartment in Alexandria can easily run $1500 to $2000. Add to that the costs for apartment set up and furnishing, utilities, work related expenses, and commuting back to WV on weekends along with the amount that you would like to save to determine the salary that you would need to make the effort worth while. Also, don't forget to consider your future job prospects. Will you make more next year - will this be a position that will lead you to a better paying position in the future. Also make sure you consider the emotional toll on your relationship from spending so much time apart. I did this years ago and there are more expenses/consequences associated with this than you might think.

If I understand you right 58 - 78 in your message is the bottom starting salary is $58,000.
At $58,000 annually - that would mean about 3,600 per month after taxes.
- $1800 for rent
- $300 for utilities
- $175 for deposits & moving expenses averaged over 1 year
- $150 for gas to travel home on weekends
- $200 for work clothes & lunches
- $200 for groceries
- $775 for savings

Last edited by JfromReston; 12-30-2008 at 01:36 PM.. Reason: typographical error
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:53 PM
 
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You might look for a furnished room in someone's home which would cost less than having your own apartment. (Just be sure it's legal under code -- not an illegal boarding house!) In the current economy there might be more people than usual willing to do that especially since you wouldn't be there every day.

I second the suggestion to ask about a four-day workweek. Some people work an extra hour (instead of two) per day and then get one day off every other week.

But as JfromReston said, be realistic about the actual expenses and whether the time apart would be worth it. If you do come here you could keep an eye out for jobs that your husband could apply to here.
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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My husband and I live in a very small town in WV where he works for the DOD, but there is no job opportunity for me. We have toyed around with the idea of me getting a job in the NOVA area and living there during the week and returning to WV on the weekends, we are about 3 1/2 hours away. I am trying to figure out what would be a good salary for me to consider that would allow me to live in the area as well as us save for the future. My income would be used just for my living expenses there and savings. I actually have an interview in Alexandria next week for a position listed at 58-78 with the Dept of Army but my husband tells me that it will be more since the Gov does a pay differential for the Nova area. Guess I will find out next week. Kinda whated to have an idea of what to ask for before I go.

Anyways ... just wanted some advise as to whether it is even possible or if I am wasting my time

Thanks
You may also want to make sure that position is not being BRAC'd. DOD and Dept of Army positions in Alexandria are being BRAC'd to places like Ft Knox, KY and Huntsville, AL.

Personally, i would strongly consider if you want to be away from your spouse just for a job opportunity.
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