I’m currently job searching and I was wondering what I should be asking for and realistically expecting to make with the amount of experience that I have and the current market I’m in.
Background: I started in another field working for 7 total years and managing for 3 years with an industrial supplier. I worked in a tech/IT aspect but nothing too in depth (some networking, running cables, proprietary software management, user admin). Got fed up with the career prospects and decided to do IT as I thought I could be competent. I currently work as a cleared cyber analyst for the DoD in the Washington, DC area. I started out about 3 years ago by earning my Sec+ and then taking a job that didn’t have anything to do with IT to get cleared. After about a year, I found my first helpdesk gig (senior role) with no experience and managed to pivot, after 4 months, into an analyst position that finally put me over 6 figures, which for me was an amazing achievement. I am still in my current role and it has been a little over a year. I also completed my masters program in Information assurance last year and managed to pass the CASP+ about a month ago.
Now that I am searching for the next job that puts me closer to my end goal (consulting) I was wondering what range of compensation I should put as my minimum. I want to ask for fair value but what should that be? Taking area, experience and education into account, I thought $155k+ total compensation was reasonable. $65-70/hour with PTO and benefits basically. Does this seem high? Low? About right? I just don’t want to feel underpaid as I was lowballed by my current recruiters in the position I am in now. $10-15k lowballed. Any input is appreciated.
4.5 years IT/1 year Cybersec