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Old 03-12-2012, 04:05 PM
 
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Hello:

I am looking to move from Fort Wayne,IN to a warmer place like California.

A recruiter contacted me about a potential job position (Software Engineer) in Torrance,CA but I'm not sure if what he told me is accurate and true.

When he asked me about my salary he told me that the cost of living difference between those 2 cities (Fort Wayne,IN and Torrance,CA) is around 15% which from my research seems out of proportion.

So basically he told me I would be making 15% more money which I found ridiculous.

According to what I have found there is a 49% cost of life difference between those 2 cities.

For example I am paying $560 for a 2 bedroom apartment with refrigerator, dish washer machine, washer, drier and I live in a very quite zone which is one of the main reasons I will be looking for if I move.

By googling apartments for rent in Torrance,CA seems like the average for a 2 bedroom apartments is $1600 if not more.

Anyone can shed some light?

I would not like to accept a job offer just to find out that I can barely make enough money to live.

Thanks and help is greatly appreciated,
Robert
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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560 in Torrance is barely renting a room in someone's house.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:20 PM
 
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So $1,600 for a 2 bedroom aparment in a decent zone seems accurate?

How about utilities and other expenses? I currently pay monthly:

Gas: $35
Electricity: $40
Water: Nothing. Included in the rent.
Internet: $40
Car Insurance (2006 Chevy Cobalt): $90
Gas price: $3.49 per gallon.
Groceries: Depends but on average $200-$250 per month.

Thanks,
Robert
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:25 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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1600 seems on the low side

Gas: cheap here. My bill is never over $10 a month
Elec: Can't speak for Torrance, but where I am it's expensive
Ins: Mine's 400 a year for a '97 Chevy
Fuel: $4.21 for regular unleaded in Torrance at the moment.
Groceries: About the same as you, but produce is cheaper and fresher
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:30 PM
 
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So are we talking about $2,000 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment?

Damn !! I don't think I can affort that with a 15% salary difference.

Thanks
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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So are we talking about $2,000 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment?
I can't say for sure. Look at some online listings from established agents. Don't go by what Craigslist says.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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Your research is largely correct.

For engineering salaries....I used to work for a south bay engineering company...in 1996 project managers made $130-140 k a year. My brother, starting out of college with no experience made $55k a year as a software engineer. Two years later he was at $70k. That was in 1998.

I'd imagine salaries at least remained flat in that time.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:10 PM
 
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Well according to my research and the data from salary.com, a Software Engineer (4-5 years of experience) with a salary of $70,000 in Indiana should be making $96,000 in Torrance,CA to maintain the same cost of living.






What do you think of these amounts?

Thanks,
Robert
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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Sounds about right.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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So are we talking about $2,000 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment?
Maybe in adjacent Redondo Beach but Torrance is more affordable. I'd say around $1400-1600 for a nice 2BR apartment. $2000 would probably get you a nice 2-3BR house in Torrance. You can check Craigslist and Westsiderentals.com to get a general idea of rental prices.
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