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Chad Petit
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #115 on: Jun 15th, 2005, 4:01pm »
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I will be graduating in December with a PhD in molecular biology (also have B.S. in Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Microbiology) and was wondering what are my chances of getting a job offer if I applied.  
 
Also since I will graduating in December, when would be the best time to apply?
 
From what I read, I would start out at GS-11-1.  Am I correct in saying that once you are a full examiner (3 years I think) you are payed at a GS-13 level?  In between that time, how long does it take to move up lets say from GS-11-1 to GS-11-2?  Thanks for any information or advice anyone can give.
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JMcGuire
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #116 on: Jun 15th, 2005, 4:10pm »
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Yeah thanks. I was wondering the same thing. How often are people promoted between the different steps within their grade?
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Chad
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #117 on: Jun 15th, 2005, 8:29pm »
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Am I reading it correctly that it would take you 18 years to go from lets say GS-13-1 to GS-13-10?  Is it me or does that seem like a long time?   Huh
 
That would be 18 years to go from 78,018 to 101,421.
 
Well I guess that makes sense because you would be in the same position....and not being promoted.  Maybe it is not as bad as I first thought.
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Chad
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #118 on: Jun 15th, 2005, 10:15pm »
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Say you become a rare USPTO lifer....how high can you move up?  Also, at a GS-14 (primary examiner) how does the government pay compare to private industry?
 
GS-14-1 is about $92,194 for 2005...what could you get in industry at that level?
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GT
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #119 on: Jun 16th, 2005, 10:35am »
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Most of the lifers are high in the scale of GS-15s. A lot of them will work overtime in addition to the normal salary and make much more.  
 
Also, when they retire, I believe, they get half of their salary for the rest of their lives.
 
The pay scales are at the link below.
 
http://www.popa.org/temp/salary2005.txt
 
The pay scal for the USPTO is the highest of all goverment employees. So I think the benefits may pan out for some who decide to make a career of it... Especially the retirement deal.
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