What’s the typical pay gap between federal and private practice?

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Typical gap for a generalist is between 10-20% at the lower levels. If you have a specialized in demand skillset (eg AI, analytics, developer roles) then there’s no gap, you’ll get paid more/same.

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Also depends on clearance—you can make comparable to commercial if you have a TS/SCI with poly

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Can confirm: making move to AFS from BAH gave me a nice bump as well.

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10-30%

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Depends on the firm. At B4 or other large firms, likely what the others have posted. At smaller firms/boutiques, the pay *can* actually be higher. There are some small fed shops that pay very well, significantly higher than big commercial firms.

A friend of mine was a non-technical manager at one of those small shops (I think about 150 employees) and was pulling in about $220k in 2016/2017.

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One key difference is the ceiling for public sector is far lower and less forgiving than it is for commercial. Realistically, for most people, $180k is the most you'll ever make in public. Even for those who are wildly successful (e.g. principal/VP at Booz), you're looking at $300k or less. In addition, your exit opportunities and prospects for transferring to big tech or pre-IPO startup will be terrible coming from public.

BAH thats certainly not true for EY GPS either...

There’s a lot of dependencies here (skill set, level, transfer, city, etc.)

I can tell you that staring at ACN LLP there was a 10-20% difference in what I made being more than someone who started at AFS.

As a transfer to federal, I was able to dictate my terms, so I make the top of the pay band for my level; 20-30% more than someone homegrown. I also know I make 10% more than my previous ACN LLP Manager.

That’s DC - federal Mecca/Tier 2 city.

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