I never finished school and got my foot in the door at a corporation when i was 19. October will be my 8th year and I have been getting steady raises every year. Since I have learned just about every piece of software in the building since 2005, and written so many customer solutions, I now get bonuses and stock options during my PRs. I am now making more money than someone with a 4 year degree and 4 years experience.
However, there are some restrictions with certain labor category requirements on government contracts. This is supposed to protect our government from paying an unqualified contractor too much money. But often it ends up having the same useless people Have a look and see what rate you qualify for:
The positions are posted with hourly rates starting at page 25.