Finally got my first cleared job at 145k. I'm looking to stay in cleared federal work for a long time. How is the salary growth potential for cleared employees?

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Entirely dependent on firm, career path, and type of work...

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That makes sense. Thanks for the insight - I'm definitely interested in moving up the career ladder. I have worked or currently working at two of these firms (Guidehouse, Accenture, Deloitte). I'm not at a small firm or interested in one.

Depends on skills, degrees, and YoE

Cloud/Digital Platform (AWS, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Pega), Developer, Intelligence Community clients, 6 YOE now.

No way this is for a full scope clearance for that skillset lol

Im guessing that means youre in a big4? Theyll pay smaller salaries than other firms, but have more opportunities

You sound underpaid. Shoot for 220-250k (Microsoft, etc.).

Consulting will be considerably less but you should be competitive for 10-20% more than you're getting now. If you're focused on professional development and a (usually) good work environment + learning lots about DoD and intel, I'd take a look at Booz. Great base for a more lucrative career later on.

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