Look at what is posted on DICE as far as the rates go for North East, US.
Depends on what you've done in the past 6 years... if you've been sitting as an employee at a small shop(could be a big company with one webmaster), then your skills are most likely stale...
North East is rough. Companies here will most likely want some type of ServerSide codding knowledge under your belt.
The DEV market is extremely saturated with Chinese/Indian/Russian folk, most contractors, where the Indians(Temp work visa, any .Gov agency will have more that 50% of staff) will work for peanuts. Its kind of SAD though... Many are very bright people. Also AVOID them as Recruiters, lots of middle-men in this game.
What ever you do don't get a Job at the .Gov agency. Pay is moderate, but the tech level of people surrounding you is less than exciting(Union Baby! 50+), thus you are less likely progress as far as the knowledge goes and within a few years be looking at CSS(4 :)) as it is a rocket since.
6 Years Exp, sharp mind, motivated, self starter, and most important with communication skills, you are looking at 80k...90k. State your ground and stick with it.
p.s. been an employee/contractor(with clearance) here for 15 years.