Anyone know what salary my dad can ask at Booz Allen Hamilton for a laser consultant position? He doesnt have industry experience but has a PHD in laser and optics and was a professor for 20 years. They want to offer him but he’s not sure how much to ask for. This is for the Virginia location. Thanks!

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I can honestly say I’ve never heard of a laser consultant before. I doubt many people have. His work will be very specialized, so i think he sets his own salary and will have to find his own clients

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Whatever his salary is now plus 20 - 30%

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What level? I've seen tenured PhDs at BAH come in anywhere from A-SA and those have quite different comp bands.

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Ah good point. Honestly not sure, it was more my dad just asking me out of the blue because he doesn’t have industry knowledge

I’d take a look at market that Raytheon, Lockheed, general dynamics, etc. would pay for this role before looking at B4 salary comparisons. Specialized and PhD will command more. What is the PhD in? (Engineering typically will get higher salary than physics due to applied science) Source: R&D in aerospace/defense for 5 years

The PHD is in physics with a concentration in laser and optical engineering. He got it from Nanyang tech in Singapore, if that makes a difference

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When you say VA location, do you mean northern VA or another area like Norfolk or Richmond? Definitely factors into COL. For the NOVA area I’d say $165-185k, unless the role is SA or higher, then go to $200k.

The Arlington area!

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