Need some opinions on Bay Area vs Anywhere else
I'm not in Software but my BF is SWE. He is L4 in G in the ads team.
Him and I keep having this debate that its better to live elsewhere in US(Austin/Denver) other than in Bay Area in terms of savings, cost, work-life balance and in future starting a family.
I earn $110K, and his is the average L4 grade salary. My point is, that in the long run, if we live elsewhere we will be able to save a lot more with out combined income.
He is worried that moving to Austin/Denver would mean he will get paid less, but then you don't need Bay Area kind of money elsewhere because the expenses aren't that high. In Austin, if we can together maintain 200-250K, we can still live an amazing life.
He says its better to live here because the stock refresh he gets is more in Bay Area than in other locations - Is that true? Does it matter?
Our lifestyles are very simple. We don't shop a lot and don't go out to a lot of fancy places. We like to travel, but in moderation and we try to keep it all in budget.
If my questions aren't clear, that because i'm not from the software industry and i don't know in detail how everything works around it. So its okay if you make your assumptions and answer based on that. Thanks!