Stay In NY or Move To Seattle - 125k More Post Tax
My wife (4 YOE) works for a bank with a TC of ~200k as a PM and I (5 YOE) make ~300k at Uber. Both currently in NYC.
Likely not relevant, but JIC, I have a MS in CS (from a top 20) and she has a BS in Info Tech (from an Ivy).
She recently got an offer (no numbers yet) for a role at Amazon as a senior technical PM that is only in Seattle. The recruiter is clear she would have to interview again for a role in NY. And she probably wouldnt want the extra work/reduced WLB at Amazon for only 50k pay increase in NY.
Not interested in the valley at all.
Given that Seattle is a pretty big tech hub I imagine it will be pretty easy for me to get another SWE job. Uber has said I cant WFH. I, of course, could try to change teams, but with the hiring freeze on most teams, it may be hard.
Amazon will likely (looking at levels.fyi) offer about 50k more a year. Plus the tax savings and COL savings. We can probably expect to save over 100k/year more post tax if I get a similar paying job.
I enjoy Uber and dont want to leave, and she enjoys her bank job, but 100/year more post tax seems crazy to pass up.
No kids, don’t want any for at least 4 years, so that doesn’t come into the equation too much for us. Although 4*100k=400k+ not including investment gains more makes it much easier to feel safe having kids.
Neither of us have lived on the west coast.
We’re a bit worried that the tech scene in Seattle is a bit older/has kids and the “exciting” growth promo project don’t go there.
For those that have lived in both, what are your thoughts on the two cities for high earning tech folks?