The Washington, D.C. metro region is a fast-paced hub for all things government, from the White House to the Supreme Court. All this government action also makes it a prime location for cleared candidates working for government contractors. Interested in a move to the capital? Here’s what you need to know about living and working in the Washington, D.C. metro region.

Jobs for cleared candidates in Washington, D.C.

Despite D.C.’s small footprint of just over 68 square miles, the sprawling metro area includes parts of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and boasts a population of over six million people. Jobs for cleared candidates throughout the region vary widely, but sectors like finance, IT, and intelligence have a large presence here due to the work being done in the region. But companies are also hiring candidates in legal, management, construction, engineering, and more, so your options are wide open if you’re considering a move to the area.

Employers hiring cleared candidates in Washington, D.C.

As the hub for all things government, the D.C. metro region is also home to plenty of companies, both large and small, hiring cleared candidates. Some of the large employers in the region include Booz Allen, Deloitte, General Dynamics Information Technology, Guidehouse, KPMG, Leidos,  and ManTech International.

Salary for cleared personnel

The cost of living in the northeast is higher than average, and the D.C. metro area is no exception. But with an average salary for cleared candidates of $109,163, employees in the D.C. metro area enjoy the third-highest average salaries in the northeast region. Senior level employees enjoy compensation of $5,000-$18,000 per year over their peers in other areas.

Average home prices in the area were a pricey $714,449 for June of 2022, and the northeast region had an average of $615,900, but higher salaries in the region help offset the cost.

Why Washington, D.C. is perfect for cleared workers

There’s lots to love about living in the D.C. metro area for cleared candidates besides the job opportunities and higher than average salaries. Besides being a busy hub for the government, the northeast region is steeped in history. Monuments and historical sights abound, so history buffs will find plenty to sate their imagination.

The region enjoys cooler summers than most of the rest of the United States, too. And while the D.C. metro area is a sprawling metropolis, it’s within driving distance of arguably some of the most gorgeous scenery in the United States. Don’t care to drive? The D.C. metro area has an excellent public transportation system too.

The close proximity of other states and large cities in the northeast region make job-hunting (and ladder climbing) possible while staying in the area. If you’re looking to make moves in your career, the Washington, D.C. metro area might be just the place to do it!

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