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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #835 on: Jan 30th, 2007, 1:55pm »
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on Jan 30th, 2007, 11:16am, mandejapan wrote:
I don't work at the USPTO yet, but I do work for the gov't as a civilian employee and would guess that the deductions are very similar if not exactly the same...I'm on the DC GS payscale. It depends on how many exemptions you claim or are eligible for, how much you contribute towards your TSP (thrift savings plan which is the gov't 401k pretty much). When I used to claim 1 exemption, paid $33.28 for health insurance, after all deductions, and no contribution to TSP, my net pay would be about 65% of my gross salary. So, I think 65% would be a good estimate. I would also get money back at tax time.

 
I agree with the percentage.  I'm also a non-uspto GS employee and end up with right at 60%.  Why would you not contribute when they match 5%?  We have a (single paying another guy at work $500/mo rent) guy at work who said he was so broke he couldn't afford to contribute the 5%.. even if it means not getting the matching money.  To make things worse, this guy is an engineering grad from virginia tech!Smiley
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #836 on: Jan 31st, 2007, 1:12pm »
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I didn't say that I don't contribute to TSP. Smiley I contribute the 5% as well, but my net take home salary is still somewhere between 60-65% in the end.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #837 on: Feb 6th, 2007, 3:54pm »
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How easy is it to drive to the USPTO? I am planning on living in Virginia and at most five or six miles away from the USPTO. It seems like driving from South Arlington or Del Ray would be rather simple. South Alexandria has cheaper housing. Would there be any problems from driving up from there?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #838 on: Feb 7th, 2007, 10:01pm »
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<<How easy is it to drive to the USPTO? I am planning on living in Virginia and at most five or six miles away from the USPTO. It seems like driving from South Arlington or Del Ray would be rather simple. South Alexandria has cheaper housing. Would there be any problems from driving up from there?>>
 
I live in the Lynhaven area of Alexandria (north of Del Ray) and not far from the Potomac Yard shopping center.  I usually take the bus into work (20 minute commute) but sometimes I drive.  The drive is pretty easy and never takes longer than 15 minutes.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #839 on: Feb 13th, 2007, 1:09pm »
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Just wondering if anyone knows if there are any recruitment incentives like the Computer Engineer or Electrical Engineer one here:
 
http://usptocareers.gov/benefits.asp
 
for anyone other than EEs and CEs?  And even to qualify for this EE/CE bonus do you have to have majored in that or have a masters, or can you be qualified based on a certain amount of EE/CE classes that you've taken?  
 
Also, do you have to get hired in one of the EE or CE specific art units or could you get hired into other art units? (e.g. 3730 Art Units...medical instruments, diagnostic equipment, treatment devices, surgery, etc)
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