Comp change when moving to Asia

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May 25, 2018 25 Comments

Curious - if you were to move from the Bay Area to Asia (Japan, Singapore, Korea or SEA countries) for a job, say the same company but different role vs a new company - what kind of salary adjustment is reasonable? Anybody done this before and did you take a salary cut?

I’m making close to $300k TC in business org and was told that only C-level folks make that kind of salary in those markets. Is that true? If so, what’s reasonable for me to ask to maintain the standard of living?

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  • Carfax / Product Voxj86
    Agoda based in Bangkok pay well. No need to be c level to get that much
    May 25, 2018 6
    • Carfax / Product Voxj86
      Ahh I heard locals gets paid shit but the American expat community in product is paid well. Source: friend accepted offer and i did phone interview a while ago. Is 200 TC reasonable for product ?
      May 25, 2018
    • Agoda ATdK30
      Could be. Plenty of ex-Amazon/Google in product. I had suspected they are paid very good there, but never heard a real number.
      May 25, 2018
    • Agoda / Product
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      Entry level product base salary after taxes is usd 80k-120k (exchange of June 2018) plus bonus plus stocks (usd 25k-50k per year) - senior product people can make 500k / year gross (prob includes stocks)
      Jun 12, 2018
    • Agoda ATdK30
      Nice, I got 25k/3 years stock as a senior engineer and 10k bonus. You can lowball if you import devs from cheap countries.
      Jun 12, 2018
    • Adobe warabi
      Are we talking USD here?! Hard to believe one can earn that in Thailand. Any idea what salaries for mid level software engineers are at Agoda? Also, do they have travel perks?!
      Mar 2
  • Facebook sum41pwd
    Singapore colleagues pay significantly less tax, so factor that in too. You’re likely keeping your current RSUs too, so there’s that.
    May 25, 2018 3
    • Oracle 0re
      Yes, that's another thing to consider. It's less likely you pay more than 20% off of your income unless the pay is huuuuge. Most of them pay around 10-15% in Singapore
      May 25, 2018
    • Google Noogler69
      Unfortunately if you’re a US citizen, you get taxed on worldwide income (past a certain amount)
      May 25, 2018
    • Facebook sum41pwd
      True, I think the 1st 100k is exempt, and whatever you pay in overseas tax is exempt too, and no state tax. Not a big deal if you’re in Seattle, but that’s an extra 10% for us in CA
      May 25, 2018
  • Carfax / Product Voxj86
    Any Asian companies with good wlb? Don't want 996
    May 25, 2018 7
    • Intel Mirthy
      Not in China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan.
      May 25, 2018
    • Snapchat biggdaddy
      What's 996 guys?
      May 25, 2018
    • Intel Mirthy
      9am-9pm, 6 days a week
      May 25, 2018
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      Lol oh hell nah - I’m not doing 996 (just learned what this term meant, thanks to blind)
      May 25, 2018
    • Intuit suA2FS
      There is overtime pay in Korea. But it’s generally pennies ($10 /hour) and the employee has to report it. Smaller companies usually get around this by not recording hours worked
      Aug 9, 2018
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    • VMware BobbleHat
      And happy to work 996
      May 25, 2018
    • UBS / Eng Izdq546
      Also, SG has a low, low tax rate
      May 31, 2018
  • Facebook ehagalw
    alibaba directors can make up to $1m per year. senior directors $1.5-2m.
    May 25, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Incredibl
    What’s your job title at Facebook right now?
    May 25, 2018 1
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      M2!
      May 27, 2018
  • Uber Gmie27
    For FANG engineers joining local companies, you should expect 2 levels up otherwise you're likely to be lowballed. For a typical L5, you can get Senior Manager/Senior Staff Engineer in local companies.
    May 25, 2018 0