Did your job pay for relocation?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
47279 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

akshali2000 :  If I or my Darling Husband was transferred by our employer, they paid. If we applied for a position in a different location, we paid.

Post # 3
7446 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It’s really, really uncommon for an employer to pay for you to relocate unless you have a highly specialized, unique skillset, a ton of experience, or both. 

Post # 4
702 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Yes, my employer paid to relocate us…but I was already employed with the company & not a new hire.

Post # 5
1993 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

When my fiance and I moved because he got a new job, they did pay. But he is in IT and was moving to one of biggest names in hospital IT. My job however did not pay for me. 


Post # 6
1047 posts
Bumble bee

I have worked for several Fortune 500 companies. All provide very generous relo for mid-career employees.  Mixed policies for entry level: one pays nothing and the other pays a flat relo allowance ($2500 range).  There is usually a time period of 2ish years where you have to pay back the relo if you leave the company. 


At my last company, college seniors applying for the training program had their on-site interview travel expenses  covered.  For mid-career, some long distance employees were hired after several rounds of Skype interviews; others were brought into the office at the company’s expense.


I would not expect any relo or interview travel reimbursement from small companies or anywhere you would be considered an independent contractor.

Post # 7
9459 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016


the people I know who’ve been paid to relocate either were getting jobs as professors, in tech (Amazon and Microsoft, in particular), or in Ag consulting.

Post # 8
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Mine did, but that was 7 years ago. I was a new hire and I only had 4 years of prior experience, but I’m in a very niche industry with specialized skills. It was really nice to have all the perks of an easy move since I was moving across the country…they sent packers to my apartment and did everything for me, shipped my car, and sent me to look at new apartments with a relocation expert (lol). I know my employer doesn’t offer it much these days though, especially not for people with 4 years of experience.

ETA: I was basically locked in for 2 years; if I left before that, I would have had to pay back moving expenses. Up to 1 year, I would have had to pay the full amount back ($20k+), and then every month for the second year, the payback amount went down. 7 years later, I’m still here so it didn’t matter.

Post # 9
1552 posts
Bumble bee

My husband only got relocation assistance because he specifically asked for it. We had booked everything (flights, moving companies) when we thought whats the harm in asking because its a large company and has many foreign workers and people from other states. He sent an email to his future company (medical research) and they wrote back saying they could offer him a set amount of money to spend on relocation. It didnt cover everything, but it helped. 

Post # 10
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Some did, some didn’t. Usually management position pays relocation or if I went on a tour they paid all of my travel expenses. It depends on the feild you are in, how bad the company wants you and how large the corporation is- if they have the resources to spend on employees like that. In my field, small summer stock theatre companies did not but large production houses usually did. 

Post # 11
800 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

Yes, in my industry (Mining and Engineering) there is always some relocation package.

It does depend on your level or experience. Newly graduated from college are typically reimbursed for moving costs, plus 3-4 months in company housing.

The higher up you are, the better the package. A senior level or higher would include the company hiring a moving company for you, relocation expenses, and sometimes even a bonus. This would also include company housing for a certain amount of time. I’ve even heard of my company paying off fines for breaking a prior lease as well.

Post # 12
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

My relocation was paid for as a new graduate in 2008. I know that they no longer do this as the number of new grads in my profession has almost doubled – therefore people are just happy to get the job!

Post # 13
498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

My graduate job did, in 2012 so not a great time for grad recruitment. I got 2 weeks rent or bed and breakfast covered, cost of a removal van, any petrol and a £500 joining bonus. When I rotated to a different part of the country a year later I got the same. Very nice of them!

Post # 14
5364 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

My husband got a promotion with his company (Nike) right before we graduated college and they paid us $4k to move 57 miles. We obviously didn’t use all of that and bought our new sectional and washer and dryer! Darling Husband left Nike and started his new position with a different company last Monday. We moved from GA to FL and he got $1k and it’s obviously costing way more than that. His former coworker also made the same move we did and they live about 20 min away, he’s still with Nike and they took the $4k. This is my DH’s first “real” job out of school, I’d say, so we really didn’t expect much. We were just happy to get away from Nike and although the money is the same and we had to move, it’ll be more than worth it in the long run. I have a friend whos best friend’s husband (I know that was a mouth full) works for my DH’s new company and they compensated him very nicely when they relocated to Scotland, but hopefully we’re done moving for awhile lol. 

Post # 15
1047 posts
Bumble bee

FYI, even if your company doesn’t pay for relo, if you move more than 50 miles away for a job, you can deduct the moving expenses on your taxes.  It’s actually an income adjustment so even if you don’t itemize deductions, you can still take it and it will lower your taxable income.

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