Post # 1
I’m working right now at a job that isn’t working out for me, but I recently got an e-mail from someone I had spoken with before about employment. When we previously spoke, I turned down his job offer because the commute from my house to work is about 45 miles (approx an hour drive). When Fiance and I move in together, the commute will be about 45 minutes (35 miles away). Over 20 miles of the commute is on an elevated highway with no shoulder (dangerous!) The job type seems like a fit for me and the increase in salary is over $9000.
Is it worth it? Would you do it?
(A small FYI- I’m also talking to two other potential employers, both much closer to were I live. They won’t pay me as much, and employment isn’t as certain as it would be with the first company.)
Post # 3
I’d do it. But I also currently commute for an hour and fifteen minutes every day for work. Been doing it for the last 3 years…and for the previous 7 before that, it was 45 minutes.
Post # 4
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Both Darling Husband and I have hour long commutes… mine is 45 minutes sometimes, but his can be up to two hours, with traffic. We think it’s worth it.
Post # 5
I personally wouldn’t, because that extra $9,000 (before tax, so more like $6,000 after) is going straight to the extra gas and the wear and tear on your car.
However, I’m lazy and don’t even like my 3 mile commute, so I may not have the best opinion to take.
Congrats on all your job offers! That’s a feat in and of itself!
Post # 6
My commute is terrible so 45 minutes seems worth 9k to me
Post # 6
Yeah, I’d do it too. A commute like that can actually be kind of nice. When I was commuting, I found the drive to give me a nice buffer zone around the job.
Post # 7
45 minutes sounds like a normal commute to me. I’d do it for 9k.
Post # 8
I currently commute 45 minutes for an unpaid internship (that I love). So…. yes. I’d do it for $1k. Maybe $100. HAHA.
Post # 9
I don’t consider 45 minutes a long commute, so yes, I think its worth it.
Post # 10
I also think it’s worth it because relative to my experience, 45 minutes seems like a pretty standard commute, and I’m sure you have many good uses for the extra money each year.
Post # 10
I would probably travel up to an hour for that much… If it were any longer it wouldn’t be worth my time/gas…
But 45 minutes isn’t really that bad, if it’s a job you would enjoy then I would say take it!
Post # 11
Haha, well I guess I should say that’s what Google Maps says. In reality, the commute will probably be an hour and 15, considering traffic during rush hour. But seeing most of your responses, I imagine most of you would still say yes 🙂
Hopefully I’ll make a decision soon! My job has been the only thing really keeping me down, which is sad since being engaged should be a happy time in my life!
Post # 12
Totally agree with abbie017. 35 miles each way is 18,000 miles a year. At 55 cents a mile (IRS mileage) you are actually losing money (depending on your current commute of course) and that’s not accounting for your lost free time.
Post # 13
I don’t know that I would (unless the other options don’t work out). I used to have a 55 minute commute and HATED it.
Plus, as a PP said, that extra $9,000 (before tax, so more like $6,000 after) is going to go straight to the extra gas and the wear and tear on your car.
Post # 14
My commute is 45 mins on a good day. It ruins my life and I feel like I don’t have enough time in the day to enjoy life on workdays. I feel like 1.5-2 hrs of each day are wasted. I already work 9-hr days, so on many days it is like working 11 hours. You should add commute time in and calculate how much you will be getting paid per hour to compare the jobs you are thinking about. So I am obviously advising you not to take the job if you think your commute might be a problem for you.