Atlanta (remote) vs Bay Area

Envoy winter3232
May 20 16 Comments

I currently live in the Bay and have 2 offers on the table. Both are Senior SRE positions.
SF - 340 tc
Fully Remote position - 160 tc

If I went with the remote I'd move to Atlanta for family reasons, hotter weather, and lower cost of living. I'm looking for advice on if taking the remote position makes longterm career and financial sense.

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  • Accenture / Data Gachon
    I'm remote working from Atlanta. I save alot of money in my 401k, life insurance, and pay like 500 a month for a condo I bought out near the Cobb galleria. When I'm traveling to different countries I still work remotely and rent out my place. I was previously in the bay area making a good amount but working long hours. Let me put it this way, do you love working your ass off and want to buy a 3 bedroom 1.6 million dollar house in the bay area? Or do you want to spend like 200-300k on a huge 5 bedroom house and take it slowly? That's up to you and where you want your family to be.
    May 21 3
    • Like your honest opinion
      May 21
    • What is your TC? How much cut does Accenture take?
      May 21
    • Accenture / Data Gachon
      My TC is 130k. Accenture doesn't pay as well for developers. Their stock has made me alot of money in the past 4 years going up 100 bucks
      May 21
  • Marin Software renj21
    Is there a way to make SF level salary and work remote?
    May 21 5
    • GrubHub the_bobs
      You can do it once but you can’t keep it up for your next job.
      May 21
    • Envoy winter3232
      OP
      I'd agree with grubhub
      May 21
    • Google DocStrange
      Yes. Work for a west coast company but remotely. Google and Microsoft both are in Atlanta and pay 90% or so of what they pay their Bay Area workers.
      May 21
    • OpenDoor atleng
      Google doesn’t really have engineers in ATL according to every recruiter I’ve ever talked to.
      May 21
    • Google DocStrange
      Yes, very few SWES. Rumor is that's changing though. In the mean time, Microsoft has SWE roles in ATL.
      May 21
  • Dropbox drl/
    Go remote. Atlanta is a great city. On 160k salary you'll live like a king. And you will be free to travel. Bay is shit.
    May 21 0
  • ABC / Eng bMlc25
    - finance negative immediately
    - career most likely negative in longterm
    May 20 2
    • Envoy winter3232
      OP
      Do you think long term financially it balances out?
      May 21
    • OpenDoor atleng
      No. 340k is a lot of money - saving the same or even a smaller % of income with this SF offer will mean much larger savings.

      You’d have to decide to do this for reasons other than money (commute time, family time, whatever) because financially the decision is obvious.
      May 21
  • As Sansa said, “Uncle, please sit”
    (In Bay Area)
    May 20 0
  • Kaspersky Lab / HR aye dais
    Per calculator of col comparable salary in Atlanta is 174K. Can you negotiate?

    As for remote position - what kind of career do you want? Managerial one or technical one?

    Also, I would recommend you to look at Florida as well, your net will be 18K higher there than in Atlanta.
    May 21 0

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