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Old 02-04-2011, 08:14 PM
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So the impetus of this thread was my general curiosity about East Coast metropolitan cities. I was perusing the DC board and saw this thread within (WHERE DO YOU LIVE? Your Salary)

Thought we'd replicate it over for LA. As the DC posted Plokivos stated, "You know, instead of asking people where to live, I want to find out where you guys all live. If you could post where you live, Pros & Cons of the area and your salary level (only if you're comfortable), that would help me out."

I've listed the 2011 GS rates for LA in the event you wish not to divulge your exact compensation.

GS-1 22638 - 28317
GS-2 25454 - 32033
GS-3 27772 - 36103
GS-4 31177 - 40527
GS-5 34881 - 45341
GS-6 38882 - 50544
GS-7 43208 - 56174
GS-8 47852 - 62203
GS-9 52852 - 68702
GS-10 58202 - 75667
GS-11 63945 - 83126
GS-12 76644 - 99636
GS-13 91141 - 118481
GS-14 107701 - 140008
GS-15 126687 - 155500

I'll go first. 27 years old, work in consulting, base salary is at high GS-11 level. However, total compensation is at high GS-14 level. Live in Santa Monica.

Pros of SM:
Nice bars / nightlife
No work commute
Relatively safe

General LA traffic
I'm not really an LA kind of guy, only reason I live here is because I travel out of state for work, so living here only on weekends is bearable
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:27 PM
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You got a good thing going. Only 27 and making 130k (I guess with bonuses factored in) and living in one of the most desirable places on earth. Presumably you have no dependents. Lots of disposable income. The good life. I've never figured out why big companies pay fresh out of college kids high salaries to tell them what to do...

Then again I wouldn't take your job if it was offered to me. Traveling more than half the year doesn't sound appealing. I'd be resorting to hookers and blow.

To answer the original post:

Salary is unknown, but it pays the very high rent of West Hollywood, and of someone who never cooks (but never travels either)

Pros are great nightlife, walkable to everything you could possibly need, endless shopping and culinary options, fairly centrally located

Cons are the worst traffic in the area, expensive, city has a lot of BS rules, no parking
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:28 PM
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I'll say it flat out, I make a base salary of $27k but after commissions and bonuses, I make around $55k.

I live in the Silver Lake area and work downtown. I never feel strapped for cash. I save about 60% of my income, as I plan to move back to the midwest in the next 5 years and buy a house for cash. I have really cheap hobbies, such as biking, running, music, and happy hour with friends.

However, I love LA and am slightly jealous I don't live in SM with you.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:53 AM
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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My base salary is almost $50,000 now, but with bonuses and extra comp I'll probably make about $72,000 this year.

I live in Sherman Oaks, in a two-bedroom apartment.

Relatively close to everything
12-mile commute to work in Woodland Hills

Hot in the summer
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