Got laid off from qcom in San Diego. Tc around 200k.
Interviewed with 6 companies. Only one offer with 20% cut. Should I move out of San Diego. Age 45+. Total worth 2.5 million.
Should I stay in San Diego with work life balance or move to Bay area where they might have better work/pay.
Snap and Amazon onsite interviews ahead
It's not about $$, even for double or triple the pay, the bay area simply doesn't offer the lifestyle SD does... Okay so you get a huge paying job in the Bay. What are you gonna spend it on? A nice car to sit in traffic on hwy 101 in? To cruise ugly beaches in cold and rocky Santa Cruz? Ocean Beach? Stinson? How many 45+ folks you see hanging out in the mission district SF? You've got kids, that hipster shit ain't cool no more. Gonna make it rain at Santana row? LOL! A house in a beat up neighborhood? A house in SF with human crap on your doorstep? In San Diego just drive down to Coronado beach, la Jolla, Pacific Beach, any freaking beach, with the windows down and have a beer while feeling the fresh ocean breeze blowing. Wear flip flops year round, lay on the sand, listen to music, have a picnic, grab some tacos. Doesn't take any TC at all and your happiness will be much higher. Why spend the second half of your career slogging it away? Enjoy the glorious years of your life. Go up to OC if you have to, more opportunities there, but coming to the Bay you'd be giving up a lot IMO.
So you take a 20% cut. Not the worst thing in the world. If it's 20% gross, post tax we're talking ~$20k total delta? Yeah that sucks but with your net worth I think you can handle it.