How much does an inexperienced programmer get paid?
May 17, 2011 1:10 PM Subscribe
How much should I get paid as an inexperienced programmer doing Java web development for a US government contractor? I’m clueless.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I think I’ll mainly be doing Java EE-based web development with Tomcat, and maybe some Python programming as well. I’ll be working at a major federal agency in DC, but my employer is technically a contractor rather than the government itself. (The government people were involved in the hiring decision, but I don’t know if they have any say in this part.)
I have very solid knowledge of Java, Python, and the tools they’re using, but basically no experience with web development, and less than one year of total experience as a professional programmer. I think I’m their only candidate right now, and they’ll almost certainly give me a formal offer of a job once I tell them how much I want to be paid.
I need to set an hourly rate. Obviously I should ask for more than they want to pay, but only a little bit more. I’m very inexperienced, so I have absolutely no idea what’s reasonable.
How much would you ask for, if you were in this position? Even the vaguest ballpark estimate, or any other related advice, would be a great help!