Would be worth it to move to Bay area?

Sam's Club proloss
Oct 14 48 Comments

Living in Dallas with family of 3 and a dog.

TC 200k
YOE 4yrs
Current level: Staff SDE

I’m considering if it would be worth it to move to bay area and switch to a big name company, targeting TC 400k, but most companies only offer 200k in cash, which might not be enough for house mortgage right?

BTW my wife has a decent job as well, but not tech, potential TC 100-150k in bay area.

Thoughts? What level and TC should I be looking for when job hunting?

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TOP 48 Comments
  • PayPal / Strategy Makai 🏝🏄
    If you like oppressive politics and agenda, sky high taxes, diversity forced down your throat, pot holes and bums, and homes you can’t afford, then by all means pack up your car and head out here
    Oct 14 1
    • PayPal / Eng
      maybeiam

      PayPal Eng

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      maybeiammore
      +1 for politics
      Oct 14
  • Oracle
    not_larry

    Oracle

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    Amazon
    not_larrymore
    Don’t do it.
    Oct 14 1
  • Intel hgvk
    You are doing great in Dallas. Don’t do it
    Oct 14 0
  • Amazon / Eng duster
    dont buy a house here. rent.

    If you and your wife can hit 500k TC. Thats a move worth considering, Bay area outside of sf isn't that bad.
    Oct 14 8
    • Oracle pzd
      With your TC, why are you suffering bad commute? Can't you move closer to work?
      Oct 14
    • Amazon / Eng duster
      500k is a very comfortable life in bay area for a couple imo.
      Oct 14
    • Sam's Club proloss
      OP
      @Oracle, school district.. Any house with good school district within 15 min from downtown is 1M+
      Oct 14
    • PayPal / Strategy Makai 🏝🏄
      And what do you think houses cost here?
      Oct 14
    • Amazon FEAX60
      @OP - if you're balking on a 1m house in Dallas...don't move to the Bay. 1m will get you a condo anywhere close to your work. You'll be looking at minimum 2m for a decent house with enough space for your pups and family. Traffic in Dallas is nothing compared to SF.
      Oct 14
  • Troll, right? Good luck getting 400k in Bay area with 4yoe, Google will put you on L3 and 180k TC
    Oct 14 4
    • Sam's Club proloss
      OP
      Well, most people with 4 yoe also only get 110TC in Dallas. What you need is knowledge, which depends largely on how you spend that 4 years.
      Oct 14
    • Try to negotiate with companies like Google heh Nowadays G gives L3 to people up to 6yoe, I know so many people like that from work, my previous 5 yoe was super intense and I aced the interview and got L4 with 7 yoe, they will go above 200k only if you have offers on more from FANG, also they stop caring about Mcsf/Amazon experience like they used to. It’s just reality, not Blind posts based knowledge.
      Oct 14
    • Google / Eng intrnltrfr
      7yoe L3 here checking in
      Oct 14
    • Lockheed Martin / Eng holy shit
      Where the hell are people in DFW making 110k with 4 YOE
      Oct 14
  • Veritas dogyear
    I doubt you will get 400k with 4yoe
    Oct 14 0
  • Salesforce vestnrest
    I wouldn’t buy right away. I’d rent first (and maybe second and third).
    Oct 14 0
  • Amazon FEAX60
    No fuckin' way man. Don't do this. 200k in Dallas sounds like an amazing life. 200k in cash in the Bay Area means you'll be lower middle class.
    Oct 14 1
    • New zgnt79
      Agreed. My brother and his wife have 2 kids, 2 bedroom home in the east Bay living within their means and make about $300k combined and it's difficult.
      Oct 14
  • Flowcast lulll
    Ill be the naysayers and say: do it. Not everything in life is about the biggest house or fanciest car. If you can sacrifice some of those niceties and you’re dreaming about SF then take the plunge
    Oct 14 1
    • yeah but life also isn’t about the big mortgage in Bay area that keeps you at the company you hate/makes you work overtime just because you need to keep that money flow, then problems with schools, high taxes etc
      Oct 14
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Move, make a lot of money and gtfo when it gets down the drain
    Oct 14 0
  • Oracle pzd
    How does the dog feel about moving to Bay area?

    On a serious note, 200k in Dallas == 600k in Bay area.
    Oct 14 2
    • Sam's Club proloss
      OP
      Depends on my commute time😂
      Oct 14
    • Lockheed Martin / Eng holy shit
      how can this be an accurate conversion? Bay area housing may be 3x Dallas but not everything is 3x as expensive...
      Oct 14
  • Indiegogo gogo2018
    Seems like everyone is focused on much more 200k is worth in Dallas. That is absolutely going to be true, you’ll almost certainly save less money here. But I think the bigger question is: what experiences do you want in your life? The Bay Area has tons of cool weekend trips, lots of unique parks and venues, comfortable weather year-round and .... let’s call it a “quirky” culture. Yes, rent first, but just do it. You won’t regret moving here and finding out it’s a mixed bag, but you might regret never giving it a try.
    Oct 14 1
    • Intel adbC65
      Just remember to skip over the poop on the sidewalks, the awful public schools, terrible traffic, boring South Bay culture, etc while enjoying your cool parks and 7 hour drive to Tahoe.
      Oct 14
  • LinkedIn fprjdifek
    Have you considered if you can increase your pay in Austin? I think there are some well known tech companies there, possible you could increase to like 250k+ by interviewing there, which might make the math to move to the Bay Area harder to justify.
    Oct 14 1
    • Lockheed Martin / Eng holy shit
      I don't think the increase in salary would offset the increase in COL. Austin is slightly more expensive than DFW so I don't think a slightly higher salary would warrant the move.
      Oct 14
  • Amazon / Eng escaflowne
    Dude you have a dream life. I am so jealous. Just stay where you are.
    Oct 14 0
  • Intel adbC65
    Family of 3 and a dog - guessing you would be looking at 2500 sq ft and 1/8 of an acre? Prob going to run you over $2M if you want to be near work.
    Oct 14 0
  • Salesforce kdprhl8053
    Don’t listen to the Bay Area folks who never moved from a low COL to the Bay Area. Listen to someone who has done it. Not only higher TC, think about all new opportunities you will have.

    These folks commenting have this perception that TC 200k outside the bay is like 400k. Then why don’t you move to low COL area yourself? No one wants to be stuck at the same company, make less money and watch their employer take advantage because there are less opportunities to look outside the company.
    Oct 14 1
    • New zgnt79
      Born and raised and worked in the SF Bay Area and founded a company there. Just being realistic, especially with a large family.
      Oct 14
  • PayPal wknu08
    Question is why u wanna move to bay area!.
    If you are happy with ur lifestyle and weather I would recommend to be there
    Oct 14 0
  • Credit Karma iopsifnr
    At public companies the equity component is basically cash.
    Oct 14 0
  • New type2
    See for yourself at http://levels.fyi
    Oct 14 0
  • Apple
    ST8Pr1d3

    Apple

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    ST8Pr1d3more
    Don’t buy a house then 🙄
    Oct 14 0

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