Moving from Bay Area to Orange County

Oracle k-9
Mar 7 18 Comments

Hi

Is it worth moving from the middle of lots of opportunities but very high cost of living to lesser opportunities but less cost of living ?

Will it be possible to save money faster in OC and get a House as compared to Bay Area

I would like to know what you guys think about moving out of Bay Area to OC but still in California

About me: married and planning to grow family.

How much TC can I get with MS + 3 YOE in software development.

Please provide salary range in OC for software engineers.

Only Irvine looks expensive in OC though.

Note: I am not looking in LA county.

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  • I moved to The Bay after living in OC for 1.5 years. IMO the increase in salary + future prospects outweighs the cost of living. Perhaps that is just for me as a single guy. I can imagine it could be different for somebody with a family.
    Mar 7 0
  • Booz Allen Hamilton ukrW70
    I’m in the OC and just accepted a position with Microsoft making $175k TC (non-software)
    Mar 7 4
    • Activision Blizzard others
      There Azure team is in OC right?
      Mar 7
    • Oracle k-9
      OP
      Which city ?
      Mar 7
    • Booz Allen Hamilton ukrW70
      I can’t say the exact city because then It’ll be super easy to identify me but it isn’t Irvine and I’m not sure about Azure, Not the team I’m on
      Mar 8
    • Oracle k-9
      OP
      Np
      Mar 8
  • Amazon amazons
    Great for families, especially if you can land with amazon or google OC
    Mar 7 0
  • New tsk-tsk
    San Diego is a better option
    Mar 7 2
    • Western Digital xfcs35
      Based on what
      Mar 7
    • Boeing mSQV31
      Basically every metric, OC sucks. It’s just a giant boring suburb full of malls and parking lots.
      Mar 7
  • Boeing mSQV31
    San Diego is better than OC, go there instead.
    Mar 7 0
  • Zillow Group NDwB78
    Currently work in the OC but am in my early 20s so probably not going through the same things you are. That being said the homes are cheaper here than the Bay Area and the schools are great. Commuting around can be a PITA but if you’re in the bay it’s doable. Jobs pay less than the bay unless you land in a bit tech company in which case it’ll be around 10-15% less I think
    Mar 7 0
  • Activision Blizzard others
    Not much around here
    Mar 7 0
  • Western Digital xfcs35
    Are you keeping job/salary or you will start searching there?
    Mar 7 2
    • Oracle k-9
      OP
      I will only move after getting a job offer in OC.
      Mar 7
    • Western Digital xfcs35
      Not sure how easy for you to get a job there if you live here
      Mar 7
  • New / Eng
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    What are the opportunities in Orange county?
    Mar 7 0
  • LinkedIn Fruck
    What is salary cut for OC ? Based on that someone can provide more insights
    Mar 7 0