Sometimes the solution is obvious. The problem in this case, is that NASA and Boeing are having a hard time paying enough for engineers, who wind up at SpaceX and Blue Origin instead. Oddly enough, for as smart as these folks like to think they are, they must have skipped economics on the day when they covered the law of pricing when it comes to supply and demand. They’ve probably also missed the boat on building the same kinds of dreamers that are Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, who are both in the category of richest men in the world. Both of these guys can afford the best and brightest, and attract the same, especially paying twice as much per year as starting wages.

SpaceX is currently listing starting aerospace engineer positions at $95,000 to $115,000 a year. NASA offers along a range that starts at $54,557.

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