Low TC in Seattle or High TC in Midwest? Goal to get into FAANG.
I failed in my current round of job applications, couldn't get into any FAANG, MSFT or unicorns.
My options are now low TC $130k in Seattle or a $170k TC in a Midwest state. COL are comparable in both locations after adjusting for no WA tax.
I'll go out 6mth from now in June 2019 to interview again, after Amazon cool down period is over.
Will living in Seattle help? I plan to network there to get referral, and get involved in leetcode meetups, I find that the social support during interview prep is very important. Downside is if economy crashes I'll be fucking stuck at a low TC position for half a decade!
Being exiled to the Midwest will be hard, as I have to use more vacation days and fly out for interviews. Also from a social standpoint, I'm 30+ single non-white male and would like to change that, and the dating scene sucks there. Upside is TC.
is living in a FAANG heavy city worth the $40k in TC?