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Old 09-13-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

I'm seeking to relocate to the San Francisco Bay area. I know it is expensive but would like a ball park figure. I live a simple life and don't go crazy with spending my money. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Below is some info on me.

Single
31 yr old Male
Bachelor's in Accounting
Career experience: entry level
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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It really depends on what sort of lifestyle you expect to have. And if you are planning to have a family soon.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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Your expenses are going to be more or less the same everywhere, but unless you live in Manhattan triple your rent, that should give you an idea of where your expenses will be.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:18 AM
 
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I don't expect to have a family anytime at all. I live in NY but in Queens. I'm living with friends so my rent is pretty cheap. I'm worried because the jobs I see for entry level accounting in San Francisco is around $15+ an hour. If I find roommates there will that wage be enough money?
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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On $15 an hour, you'll have to share an apartment with 2 or 3 others, and you won't be in the nicest area -- and even then your rent + utilities will eat up half your take-home pay. But assuming you have no debt or significant other expenses, you should be OK. And if all goes well you should be earning much more within a couple of years.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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Thanks
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: US
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You'll be fine, entry-level accounting position at a big four pays around $55k/year ($60k entry-level with CPA), which is enough to live comfortably if you have room mates.
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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I agree with bmw above, I would try to get into one of the big 4. You will work your butt off, but the pay is decent at entry level and there are pretty steady promotions.
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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If you're not bringing any debt with you, and can live without a vehicle, your options really open up considerably, budget-wise.
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