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Old 10-10-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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Working in Wilmington, MA with 100K, which is 5 minutes from home . Another potential job offer in downtown for 115K, which is about 1 hour commute by car plus commuter rail plus subway.

Assume everything else is equal, can 15K/year justify 2 hours + commuter cost on the road every day?

How much is short-commute worth is Boston?

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Old 10-10-2011, 02:25 PM
 
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It really depends on what you want. If you want more money and dont mind as much free time, you should take it. A plus side for me commuting to boston would be i'd have more excuses to do things there and its just a nice environment to work in compared to a place like wilmington, in my opinion. taking the other job would be less stressful, so if i was looking to be over with commuting an settle down a bit, id take it. so it really depends on-holy **** 100k salary?! i will never come close to making that much in a year most likely, let alone 115k. youre asking me about a 15% increase to commute a hellish hour each way?! if i could make that much i wouldnt commute for 15k more, who needs it? i didnt even realize how much youd be making i just saw the 15k increase. if it was 30k salary bumped up to 45k, absolutely the **** yes take the job. but 100k it wouldnt really matter for me, so i guess if i were in youre position it would be all about the actual job. if i liked the closer job better i would pick that one. Again, nobody but yourself can decide but you because its all about what you want, long commute or more money?
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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You couldn't pay me enough (literally and figuratively speaking) to spend that much time commuting. I guess that's why I work from home. But, really, like Bostonmania said, only YOU can decide what you're willing to tolerate.

Factor in the price of gas, the wear and tear on your car, the bad-weather days, the days that you have an appointment close to home that you wouldn't be able to go to without taking half a day off, etc... and you decide if it's worth $15K to you. Maybe you'd rather take the lower-paying, closer-to-home job, and use the extra time to visit Boston at your leisure, instead of when you HAVE to be there for work.

Just some things for you to think about...
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Old 10-10-2011, 03:01 PM
 
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I have been thinking about this. Let's do some math.

1. Assume 260 working days, it is 15k/260 = $57/day extra money, but with 2 extra hours/day, it is $28/extra hour. Worth it? I guess it depends on how much is your hourly rate. 100K/year is about $50/hour. So it is about half of the hourly salary, so it is not worth it.

2. Assume 8 hours/day. Salary is 15% more, but 10 hours is also about 25% more of 8 hours, so it is not worth it.

3. All numbers aside, commuting is a pain.

I guess I will pass the 15k.
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Old 10-10-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I have been thinking about this. Let's do some math.

1. Assume 260 working days, it is 15k/260 = $57/day extra money, but with 2 extra hours/day, it is $28/extra hour. Worth it? I guess it depends on how much is your hourly rate. 100K/year is about $50/hour. So it is about half of the hourly salary, so it is not worth it.

2. Assume 8 hours/day. Salary is 15% more, but 10 hours is also about 25% more of 8 hours, so it is not worth it.

3. All numbers aside, commuting is a pain.

I guess I will pass the 15k.
*I* think that you're making the right decision. That's my personal opinion, based on my hatred of commuting. Especially in bad weather.
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