Salary expectations in the federal government

Author : Wenny Lin

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I was recently contacted by a recruiter about a job opening.  He caught me off-guard (mistake on my part) with the question, “What are your salary expectations?”

Like any excellent scientist would do, rather than giving him an answer, I turned his question into another question, “Well, what salary should I be expecting from this position?”

Perhaps, the most transparent of the various job sectors for salary information is the federal government. Here is the salary information I have found online and from talking to colleagues at the NIH: