The federal government remains one of D.C.’s largest employers. Many private businesses have set down roots in this city, as well, including non-profits, law firms, lobbying firms, and independent contractors.
The Washington, DC Metro Area includes people in Washington, DC; Arlington, Va.; Alexandria, Va.; Bethesda, Md.; Frederick, Md.; Gaithersburg, Md.; West Virginia; and the surrounding areas.
Because of a data compilation error, not all data from the Washington DC metropolitan area was included in the October 2010 release of the PayScale Index. This has been corrected in this release.
The PayScale Index tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in the United States. In addition to a national index, it includes separate indices for specific industries, metropolitan areas, job categories, and company sizes. The PayScale Index uses 2006 average total cash compensation as a baseline.