How much should a recent grad expect for compensation in San Diego?

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BitLax

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Jun 11 8 Comments

I just recently moved to San Diego and cost of living is much higher here! How much should I expect to earn as an Applications Engineer? I know the average when I graduated was listed as 60k, but not sure if that’s the case in San Diego.

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  • Google / Other
    sokod

    Google Other

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    Google, Amazon
    sokodmore
    $100-170K
    Jun 11 2
    • New
      BitLax

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      I’m a bit lax
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      Oh wow that’s a lot higher than I asked for.. I see you’re with google though. If I apply for smaller companies I imagine the pay won’t be as high..
      Jun 11
    • Intel
      BOBBY_AXE

      Intel

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      Bobby Axelrod. CEO, Axe Cap. NYC
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      No. You will not land that at 22yo in SD. But even 60-100k is plenty to live well in early years in SD. It's worth it. Apple and Amazon are ramping up a lot of hiring. Qualcomm, HP, Illumina, msft....and tons of new startups. VC culture is growing in SD and that is attracting a lot of new biz
      Jun 11
  • Apple appl3
    If Intuit, Qualcomm, or faang then it’ll be around 70-90k. 90k end of the spectrum is pretty rare for new graduates
    Jun 12 0
  • Walgreens
    moving to SD, have ms cs, joining defense for 100k
    Jun 12 0
  • Qualtrics sanop
    It kind of depends. Entry level defense jobs pay in the range of 65k - 85k. Other places might do a bit better. Intuit pays well from what I've heard but in general software jobs pay less there than say SF or Seattle.
    Jun 11 0
  • Microsoft
    GoRaptor

    Microsoft

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    Should be at least $100k. Didn’t you negotiate before moving?
    Jun 11 0
  • Nielsen waffledude
    Smaller company TV prob around $90k
    Jun 11 0