Non paid relocation, salary $69000, worth it?

Kaiser Permanente imkay
Jul 30 30 Comments

Asked for in person interview for a data analyst position at the bay area and I'm out of state. They can't pay for relocation since it's non-profit and the salary is expected to be around $69,000. Is it worth it for me to fly down for the interview? Note: I dont know how much is enough to live in the bay area that's why I'm asking.

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  • Walmart gharpebiwi
    No.
    Jul 30 0
  • Microsoft 🌲fiddy
    Worth it for the free trip and interview experience if it's on their dime. Would probably not take the offer unless you don't mind living in poverty.
    Jul 30 1
    • Kaiser Permanente imkay
      OP
      Oh wow that just put a lot into perspective, thanks!
      Jul 30
  • Reddit naanmaan
    That salary would be rough to live on in the bay. If you're fine grinding for a while and trying to hop to a better opportunity later it might be worth it for you. Depends on your career goals.
    Jul 30 1
    • Kaiser Permanente imkay
      OP
      I am trying to make a transition as an analyst because my current job is more or less data maintenance/administrative.
      Jul 30
  • Walmart gharpebiwi
    From KP to non profit should be a no go . Do you want to come to Bay Area , is that why you are aiming low ?
    Jul 30 1
    • Kaiser Permanente imkay
      OP
      I am trying to see opportunities in CA, but it's a little hard to gauge what's the norm/acceptable salary there since cost of living is higher there than where I'm at.
      Jul 30
  • New VYIl03
    I lived on 70k for 2 years in sf. It ain't easy and you'd need to find a cheap apt, but it's doable. I think it's worth it to get your foot in the door
    Jul 30 0
  • If it’s not $100k+, don’t even bother. I’m honestly not sure why companies are not fleeing the Bay Area en masse, considering that they need to pay probably 2x more than elsewhere for the same work.
    Jul 30 0
  • Kaiser Permanente imkay
    OP
    What's the reasonable minimum salary to be on the safe side to live in the bay area then?
    Jul 30 2
    • Oracle / Ops tpnqmglg
      I’d say 90k entry level.
      Jul 30
    • BYTON cJKu57
      That would be hard to say.

      Do people survive on minimum pay? Sure they do. There are minimum pay workers every where.
      Would you like to live that standard? I’m guessing not.

      If you are only coming here so you can find better opportunities, do you have a back up if things don’t work out?

      So yes. It’s possible to survive on 69K. What should be a reasonable salary that depends on the market value of your talent. What should be reasonable for you to decide to move here? Depends on what kind of life style u r used to or want (higher or lower than current for better future jobs or not u decide)

      Sorry not a direct answer.
      But I think you can find that on cost of living websites by playing with numbers based on what u r willing to sacrifice and what’s an expense absolutely necessary for you.

      Did that make sense?
      Jul 30
  • New / Eng
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    Damn dudd 69k wtf
    Jul 30 0
  • Visa Here2Lern
    No. California can be a bit pricey
    Jul 30 0
  • BYTON cJKu57
    Isn't there KP office u can transfer to in CA?
    Jul 30 7
    • Kaiser Permanente imkay
      OP
      I've been looking into data analyst/business intelligence related jobs so far. I'm starting a boot camp soon to boost up some of the technical skills
      Jul 30
    • Airbnb / Finance
      unemployd

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      unemploydmore
      Youd probably be out of the Pleasanton office, yeah?
      Jul 30
    • Kaiser Permanente imkay
      OP
      That area is a little too far out. I'd like to be still accessible/commutable to downtown SF
      Jul 30
    • Walmart gharpebiwi
      There probably is an office in Oakland too.
      Jul 30
    • Airbnb / Finance
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      unemploydmore
      For the digital experience stuff it'd be in Pleasanton
      Jul 31
  • DTE Energy / Eng Utilities
    Where in the Bay Area? You can have roommates, there's lots of listings around for young professionals.
    Jul 30 2
    • Kaiser Permanente imkay
      OP
      The recruiter who contacted me told the location is at San Leandro
      Jul 30
    • DTE Energy / Eng Utilities
      looking at the tax and apartments ($1.3k to $2.4k a month) not worth it. I wonder if you can negotiate it?
      Jul 30
  • The Home Depot FPQk51
    I mean 120,000 is considered low income in California. Basically pushing poverty line there. Try something in Atlanta ? That salary will go a lot further than in California.
    Jul 31 1
    • Twitter / Data KC1
      People throw this number around. It’s low income for a family of four. Low income for a single person in SF is around $80k. Affordability crisis is bad but not THAT bad.
      Jul 31
  • Genentech Raxe
    Yeah just look at rent costs for a 1 bedroom in SF - you’ll be lucky to find anything under 3500/month. You can find as low as 2500/month for a 400sqft studio but even then it’s usually worse areas. You’d need a roommate and be comfortable with minimal savings. Not a lot of incentive if you plan on staying at that position
    Jul 30 1
    • eBay nautica
      Cost of living is high but this is an exaggeration. My close friend lives in a 2 bedroom apartment for 3200 in the sunset district.
      Jul 30
  • Twitter / Data KC1
    It’s a reasonable salary to get by if you’re willing to live cheap. I know because I moved to SF 5 years ago on ~$70k as a data analyst. That said, I wouldn’t do it unless you think it’ll jump start your career and you believe you’ll be competitive for higher paying jobs.

    Few job jumps: to $130k, $150k, $190k TC. Don’t know if it’s common— I hustled and got lucky —but it’s possible.
    Jul 31 0