Tech place for a single earner

Jan 17 22 Comments

After getting married , which would be an affordable place with good tech job opportunities ?

Note : my wife won't be working. I'll be the only working fellow.

Right now I'm situated in bay area. Also please give feedback on how difficult it is to manage in bay area being the sole earner, is it manageable?

Career interest : software defined networking, cloud computing.

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  • Apple / Mgmt Tim App1e
    Single-earner is possible if you work for any of the large tech companies in the Bay, even the non-FAANG firms.

    At my last job, everybody in my immediate org, including my first-level manager, had a non-working spouse, except for 1 guy that had a wife who worked part-time. We were all Engineers with at least 5 YOE.
    Jan 18 5
    • Apple / Mgmt Tim App1e
      Just search for highest-TC companies. :)

      But here’s a cheat-list: FAANG, any public company that used to be a unicorn (Dropbox, Uber, Lyft, etc...), any large SW company with an HQ North of Sunnyvale.
      Jan 18
    • VMware / R&D codeninja6
      OP
      Cool thanks a lot 😇
      Jan 18
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng sekiro12
    I'm a single earner in Baltimore (my husband is a stay at home after we had our child). Works fine, but it's better in a big tech company. I avoid the Bay Area due to the poor cost of living (really all of CA, though the weather is nice there).

    Also don't compare what you have to others in this situation. Dual earner's will just have more but their situation is just different. Having stuff isn't everything.
    Jan 18 4
    • VMware / R&D codeninja6
      OP
      Thanks for the feedback :)
      Jan 18
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng sekiro12
      No problem, good luck!
      Jan 18
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    Go FAANG. Single earner is enough.
    Jan 17 4
    • VMware / R&D codeninja6
      OP
      Cool, I'm a fresh college grad and working from past 6 months in SDN field. Do you think i can get anywhere near to that after 2-3 years?
      Jan 17
    • Salesforce JdeF47
      No, I am afraid it takes a lot more than that. Some people say L5/E5 are terminal levels.
      Jan 18
  • Express Scripts htkx70
    Try Faang and I have been to Austin , its beautiful place and most of people from California have moved there.Pay difference is 10-20% but Austin is cheaper and you would see cost difference of 20-30%
    Jan 17 2
    • VMware / R&D codeninja6
      OP
      I'm into software defined networking. So how are the job opportunities over there?
      Jan 17
    • Express Scripts htkx70
      There are lots of opportunities there. Google and other companies are opening offices there. Existing companies are expanding there is lots of opportunities there.
      Jan 17
  • Google bighead2
    Sole earner in Bay Area is fine as long as you don't but a bunch of shit that you don't need.
    Jan 17 1
    • Indeed uHebsJk
      well.. he already bought a wife
      Jan 18

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