Facilities that Pay on Non-GS Systems

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Facilities that Pay on Non-GS Systems

Postby BigGayAl » Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:06 pm

Hello everyone,

Does anyone know what facilities take on SMART scholars on non-gs positions, like Lab Demo or Acquisition pay banding? I'm applying again after completing my first round in the program but GS wages are exceedingly noncompetitive.
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Re: Facilities that Pay on Non-GS Systems

Postby Guest1234 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:58 pm

BigGayAl wrote:Hello everyone,

Does anyone know what facilities take on SMART scholars on non-gs positions, like Lab Demo or Acquisition pay banding? I'm applying again after completing my first round in the program but GS wages are exceedingly noncompetitive.


Most of WPAFB has transitioned. All of AFRL will be under Lab demo, and LCMC will be under Acq demo.
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Re: Facilities that Pay on Non-GS Systems

Postby JustANote » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:50 pm

BigGayAl wrote:Hello everyone,

Does anyone know what facilities take on SMART scholars on non-gs positions, like Lab Demo or Acquisition pay banding? I'm applying again after completing my first round in the program but GS wages are exceedingly noncompetitive.


Just something to consider: Like you said a lot of GS wages are not competitive in terms of the starting salary. However, if you are put in a laddered position on the gs scale, you can leap a grade every year. This can allow for significant raises that can allow you to match/outpace industry peers in only 2-3 years.
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Re: Facilities that Pay on Non-GS Systems

Postby Guest1234 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:48 pm

JustANote wrote:
BigGayAl wrote:Hello everyone,

Does anyone know what facilities take on SMART scholars on non-gs positions, like Lab Demo or Acquisition pay banding? I'm applying again after completing my first round in the program but GS wages are exceedingly noncompetitive.


Just something to consider: Like you said a lot of GS wages are not competitive in terms of the starting salary. However, if you are put in a laddered position on the gs scale, you can leap a grade every year. This can allow for significant raises that can allow you to match/outpace industry peers in only 2-3 years.


From my experience in the aerospace engineering industry, you won't be able to outpace an industry peer of equal/similar productivity on the GS system, nor match. The whole reason behind the demo programs is to make gov salaries closer to those in industry. On the GS system in AE, you would be capped at GS-12 until a position opened up for you to compete for. So as a MS holder, after 2 years of experience, you'll hit GS-12 (hired at GS-9). In lab demo, my starting salary was nearly double what it would be on the GS system, and I can stay in the same position and work up to a DR-03/04, while maintaining some level of technical expertise. If you can get in a pay banded system, they tend to be more comparable to industry salaries, and you tend to be able to work the same job longer/build it to have more responsibility over the years.
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Re: Facilities that Pay on Non-GS Systems

Postby big dog » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:53 am

Look into APG, I think that most organizations switched over to the demo band.
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Re: Facilities that Pay on Non-GS Systems

Postby UNM_EE » Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:45 pm

As far as I know, all of the Navy Warfare Centers are on lab demo. I know for sure that NSWC Panama City and NSWC Dahlgren are.
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Re: Facilities that Pay on Non-GS Systems

Postby Mememe » Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:19 pm

TARDEC uses a DB scale for SMART scholars. Also has an 18 month pay ladder.
Mememe
 


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