Originally Posted by delirium
I think you're right and being pretty fair. Although, I'm getting paid less and working 50-65 hours at a small (non-VC-funded) tech company. Then again, I know I'm getting severely underpaid, but even if one knows what they're doing, tech is a hard market to break into without a solid technical background.
What's the expected pay for gov / NGO work? Industry I imagine at least in tech is about the same as Deloite/ Accenture for same amount of hours.
I also wonder how much I'd learn at a gov/NGO job. Any suggestions on what to look for?
BIG GOV (i.e. federal) is often around 55K after about a year for many positions, but that's for around 37.5 hours a week, 3 weeks - a month off per year and very, very good benefits. It's a pretty sweet gig out of the gate.
However, pay hits a ceiling pretty quickly and the very top of the payscale is very low compared to the private sector. Civil servants running agencies or departments with thousands of employees probably make around 200K per year, which sounds like a lot but is really peanuts considering the responsibility.
I would never advise anyone to do government (local, state, or federal) or NGO work for salary reasons. It will always pay OK but never enough to make it worthwhile. What does make it worthwhile is stability, flexibility, and time off. Especially in the US where paid time off is mostly terrible, it can be a nice gig for people who like to travel.
Also, industry hours are almost always 40 hours per week with minimal travel. And business travel (especially in the continental US) sucks balls so that shouldn't be considered a drawback.