I’m making $72k in DC with 5 years cyber security experience plus military. What can I do to fast track my way to six figures? I’m having a hard time getting offers over $80k.

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just the CISSP won't get you there. If you are in a Big 4 they won't care about your military background either.

My advice, switch companies. There are campus hires making 70k plus with no experience in Cyber. Experienced hires obtain atleast 85-105k at the associate level.

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Nawh, you're right, I'm in the commercial sector. My experience and found data comes from the commercial side.

DM me if you're comfortable sharing your resume. BCG Platinion might be an option. Otherwise, we can look at the security vendors. Fireeye/crowdstrike/end game/Symantec/cylance/expel/IBM all have a dc presence (and relatively healthy cultures). Facebook has a great team downtown. Amazon is going to hire everyone on the west side of the river. I'm sure there's a piece for you in this city.

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Just looked Platinion up I didn’t even realize BCG had a cyber section. I’ll update a resume and pass it on.

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Come to EY! You are getting hosed.

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Get out of Fed

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Would love to. I’m not a fan of DC in general but it was easy to leave the military with a TS and find a job here there’s just no growth after that.

Happy to do the same at Booz

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What’s the split between military and consulting experience? If you have at least 2 years experience in consulting, you can target senior consultant roles in other Big 4. When you talk to them, don’t quote your current pay. A lot of them try to low ball you. Just say you are looking at $$$.

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Wow, that is too low with 5 years of CySec experience. You should be easily making 120k plus anywhere. Get right certs, technical ones, move to another big 4.

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Cissp

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It's so much about answering things their way

Any big4 or Accenture will pay 120k easy in commercial space. For a senior role, u just have to be willing to travel. Any other tech role with Senior in the title, will definitely pay 6 figures.

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😳😳 a friend is a manager in cyber security at 160k base in chicago at a fin tech company. Not sure if it’s DC , but seems awfully low for your field. If you’re ok with relocation, I’d expand your search to other cities.

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Fintech is not finance and do not follow banking holidays. I used to work in fintech.

Also, look at Morgan Stanley in Baltimore. Given your experience they’d bring u on as a VP level, which is their senior/mgr level and it pays on average 150k base.

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If you want a referral to Accenture security, drop a DM. We have a big push for diversity, including vets. I’m on the commercial side and could get you out of Fed. I think our culture is great and our new office in Rosslyn is pretty sweet.

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DM me. happy to put your resume through.

Booz Allen Commercial, should be able to get you closer to $125-$140k depending on what your cyber expertise is.

anyone want to refer me? I have no experience but looking to switch

Booz has a huge CDM project they are hiring like crazy for. They offered me $125k and I only had military experience that kind of touched cyber with no certifications. Pass your resume around.

Fellow veteran here at PwC Cyber, always looking to expand our veteran population in commercial. Let me know if you want to chat.

Get Certifications. that's usually what hold experienced professionals back.

Deloitte, at 72k, did you negotiate , do you know how to negotiate?? What area of cyber do you practice ? 5 years of cyber and offers of 80 k, seem ridiculous. Are you showing up to the interviews polished? This salary is VERY low for cyber ..

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