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Old 11-18-2015, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Hey all,

Was very fortunate enough to receive two different job offers. Both jobs are in my field of study, and are very similar in terms of structure and job duties. The one job pays around $10,000 more than the other job, but it is decently farther away from where I live.

The question is, should I take the job that pays more but is farther away, or the job that pays less but is closer? Both are respected corporations, and both are essentially the same job function, in my field of study.

Thank you!
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Raises are usually a % of current pay so the higher paying job will pay dividends over your career. The other thing to consider is that the lower offer likely reflects a lower pay range for your position (information which only a compensation specialist or management will know).

Take the higher paying job and move closer to your workplace.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:44 PM
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Location: Georgia
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Take the higher paying job and move closer to your workplace.
This.

Commuting sucks the life out of you. Nothing is worth a long commute. If you're tied to where you're living, because of spousal considerations or a financial investment in the house itself, then you've got a really tough choice, but if you're renting and are likely to move in the next year or two anyway, then don't give it another thought, take the higher paying job and start packing.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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The main issue with moving is that my significant other's job is close to where we live, and with her making a considerable amount less than I do, she doesn't want to move too far from her workplace, which puts me in a bind in terms of how far we can move to my potential job.

But that is an entirely different issue, but one that makes this situation a bit more tricky.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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This.

Commuting sucks the life out of you. Nothing is worth a long commute. If you're tied to where you're living, because of spousal considerations or a financial investment in the house itself, then you've got a really tough choice, but if you're renting and are likely to move in the next year or two anyway, then don't give it another thought, take the higher paying job and start packing.
Pretty much sums up my situation, just I described it more in depth with my second post. Significant other's job is nowhere near where the higher-paying job is at, and she doesn't want to move closer to it, because then she would have to commute farther for a job that pays a considerable amount less.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:57 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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How much further away are we talking about?
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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How much further away are we talking about?
The farther away, better paying job would be around 37 miles away, and the closer job, but less paying job, would be around 20 miles away.

In terms of actual time for commuting, probably around an hour for the one job, and about half an hour for the other job.
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:03 PM
 
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Pretty much sums up my situation, just I described it more in depth with my second post. Significant other's job is nowhere near where the higher-paying job is at, and she doesn't want to move closer to it, because then she would have to commute farther for a job that pays a considerable amount less.
This makes no sense. Give up a higher-paying job so she can have an easy commute to a low-paying job??? Take the $$$, move, and hope she'll get a a better-paying job closer to yours.
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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This makes no sense. Give up a higher-paying job so she can have an easy commute to a low-paying job??? Take the $$$, move, and hope she'll get a a better-paying job closer to yours.
That is my train of thought too. She is "hoping" to get a raise by the time we would move, but even then, with a raise, it still wouldn't come close to what I would be making (I am not trying to sound pretentious or anything, but we have both done the math, and it would be roughly half of what I make, if I took the higher-paying job).
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I am assuming that the $10,000 difference is a significant % of the lower offer. If the lower offer is in the realm of $150,000 then $10,000 is chump change, accept the lower one for the commute.

Could SO find suitable employment with an employer closer to the higher paying employer?

My advise, assuming you and SO are long term, is to cut a deal with her: you will commute to the higher paying job for 6 months and during that time she needs to find a job closer to your employer. Then you both move. If she won't do that then she really isn't committed to your relationship.
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