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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #665 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 8:08pm »
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Is there any reasont to suspect that the law school reimbursement program is not going to continue?  How long has it been around?
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« Reply #666 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 8:59pm »
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on Oct 10th, 2006, 11:18am, salary wrote:
i'm starting at the uspto soon at $60k/yr.  I've been told by many that there is a chance I could make up to 6 figures after 3 yrs.  How realistic is that?  What does it depend on?

 
You will NOT make 6 figures after 3 years unless you are willing to work max OT. Given that you will likely have to work unpaid OT pretty often, i'm not sure it is possible. Basically you would be living at the PTO.
 
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« Reply #667 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 9:05pm »
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What's a realistic salary after 3 yrs?  I mean, with some but not max OT?
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« Reply #668 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 10:10pm »
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Some but not max OT? Don't know what that means exactly.
 
Based on the vague info you gave i would say about $75K in todays dollars. You might make 6 figures in 6 years at best, assuming you made every promotion and passed both parts of the program the first time. But remember that there is a 50% turnover every five years (source: latest popa newsletter - see popa(dot)org), so flip a coin to see if you will still be working there. Very high burnout for a good reason. To be polite, its not really a desirable job.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #669 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 10:14pm »
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on Oct 10th, 2006, 8:08pm, stuff wrote:
Is there any reasont to suspect that the law school reimbursement program is not going to continue?  How long has it been around?

 
The tuition reimbursement program has been discontinued at least once before and has been restarted relatively recently (within the last few years).
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