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Old 09-27-2013, 09:16 AM
 
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If you are making 80K in the DC metro area, how much should your salary be in Berkeley/ East Bay or even SF?
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:14 AM
 
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This thread seems familiar. There are many available COL calculators online. However, "should" is not the same as "will". It seems to me DC and Bay Area have roughly comparable COL.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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This thread seems familiar. There are many available COL calculators online. However, "should" is not the same as "will". It seems to me DC and Bay Area have roughly comparable COL.
Completely disagree. While they may be comparable in terms of median income, but COL is significantly higher in the Bay Area. I picked a couple of towns which I thought were a representative nice area in each of the metros and one of those COL calculators has given me the following:

A salary of $100,000 in Reston, Virginia should increase to $162,968 in San Carlos, California

My bottom-line advice: demand a significant raise if you move from DC to the Bay.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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If you have to ask, you probably can't afford it!
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:32 PM
 
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Cost of living and wages are related but they are not the same thing.

Wages - Wages for DC vs. Bay Area are similiar for similiar jobs but Bay Area is still generally higher.

Cost of living - Cost of living is noticeably greater in the Bay Area vs. DC. The exact amount can be estimated by any of the online calculators available (see the example from the poster above). It will really depend on your specific location & standard of living in each area.

Bottom line - Your pay raise will not be enough to fully compensate for the increased cost of living in the Bay Area. There are always exceptions of course - such as getting a higher level job/promotion, etc.


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If you are making 80K in the DC metro area, how much should your salary be in Berkeley/ East Bay or even SF?
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