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If you want to make money, the common wisdom is to move to New York and work on Wall Street. But if you want to help people, the advice is to come to D.C. and work for the Federal government or a nonprofit. To help find the best places for advocacy work in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV), there are a few reliable online job sites: Indeed.com, Idealist.com, GetAssociationJobs.com and the Chronicle of Philanthropy, to name just a few.
Indeed.com is a hot ticket for job-seekers who want to do good and get paid for it. Check out how you can change your life, save the world and earn a decent living.
Indeed.com has job listings for positions at entry through senior executive levels. Indeed.com targets jobs in thirty locations throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV). In addition to providing the average DMV salary, Indeed.com also indicates how that local salary compares nationally. For example, according to Indeed.com, the average salary of a worker in Arlington, VA is $73k which is 19 percent higher than salaries around the country. But not everyone is making that kind of money. Say you’re interested in teaching or education policy (hot jobs in the DMV), you are more likely to make $66k in VA and D.C. Salaries for educators are even lower in Annapolis, MD where the average pay is $59,000. Given these stats, if you had a choice, where would you rather work as an educator? D.C., MD, or VA? It sounds easy, but more than money factors into a decision of this kind. What about the picture perfect appeal of the Chesapeake Bay and Annapolis? Some might argue that working and living in Annapolis is worth a $7k difference. Others would not want to make the sacrifice. Quick Tip:Very few salaries can’t be negotiated, so you may not have to trade away your sails (if that's what floats your boat) for a better salary if you appreciate what you’re worth in the marketplace and are willing to fight for it.
The bottom-line to getting any well-paying job in the DMV can be summed up in one word: strategy, and this will be covered in Getting paid for doing good: Part 2.