Hi folks, just wondering why someone would get 10k+ in some area in US for just writing queries and creating tables.  While the average salary for someone who does scripting, object oriented programming and database is only ~12K in new york city.  Is there similar opportunities in cities like new york where only doing database gets one 10K+?  What is the rational of companies paying such a high salary to consultants for just writing simple queries?  Does location really matter so much?

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They get paid for pushing the button.  If they push the button and something goes wrong, the CIO can blame the consultant; if some database engineer he hired pressed the button and something goes wrong, he is responsible.  I think job security is worth a couple grand out of my budget.

Answered 12/10/2012 by: gcarpenter
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They also can command higher because they maybe responsible for their own healthcare, retirement. Companies see that as a cost saving benefit. Hiring someone means, salary, healthcare, retirement, taxes, unemployment costs.


its cheaper for them to may more for someone that is in and out then hire someone full time. Plus as gcarppenter mentioned, the blame goes to the consultant and could be the person that hired him if he wasn't vetted out properly and didn't have the qualification to do the job or do it correctly.

Answered 12/10/2012 by: nshah
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