I recently accepted a full time w-2 contract position and have been working on-site for less than a month. When I initially received the first call back from my recruiter before my first interview, she told me up front that the position would be $80-85k depending on experience, non negotiable. I said that was fine and proceeded with the interview process.
Upon succeeding my interviews, I was then offered the position with an even more appealing salary exceeding $100k.
This is my first contract job without benefits, and I am assuming when hired as a permanent employee I'll probably take some sort a cut. My rate is substantially better than my previous full time/perm positions with benefits so I decided to just go for it.
Is there any reason (besides DOE) that they would offer me that much more? Such as...Taking into consideration that I will probably have to pay more for my benefits or because they really think I'm worth that much?
I'm in my late 20s and feel like I have impostor syndrome. It's still unreal that I was offered an opportunity at my dream company (well, if/once I go perm). As someone who's never had a contract job, I'd like to see if I need any reality checks.
Note: the recruiter is an employee of the company.