The issue comes in Maggie when you compare jobs based on job duties not on job title. That said, very interesting article and thanks for the read. Part of the issue why I may very well have a misconception is that my position seems to not fall directly in one of the position titles they talked about. Plus, living in the DC area where there are tons of government contractors and working in a position that is not GS-Scale based, I'm first hand seeing every privately employed individual in a similar job position making 4-10k more than me at least including some that are brand new employees. So my view of it could likely bet swayed from non-common personal experienced mixed with common perception.