Originally Posted by Piobaire
Btw, Conne, I'd not worry about starting salary. I'd worry about possible upside and how long it takes to get there. I'd rather start in the 30s and end up with an SF approved income that start in the 60s and pretty much stay in the 60s or 70s. Quite a few jobs will get you out the gate with a respectable income but the upside is limited and takes time to arrive at.
This is how I've always approached it. Politics tends to be the former. People always say "Just gotta pay your dues early on."
Originally Posted by gnatty8
I agree with this, but not sure how much potential upside there would be in this field. I guess if one distinguished one's self, there is always lobbying or something like that, but I would expect the number of highly-paid jobs in the political appointee sphere at the state level would be pretty limited? I may be wrong.
Not in NY. The NY Legislature, plus the Executive branch, have thousands and thousands of appointee gigs. And then there are the lobbying, PR/communications, etc. jobs. If I had stayed in Ohio politics, I'd absolutely agree with your caveat.