Post # 1
Hey bees. So i need opinions.
I got offered a job in NYC as a teacher at a private school.
They don’t offer benefits. And offered me 40,000. And I signed the contract so now feel I cant try to negotiate. I’m applying elsewhere but if I get nothing else, feel I have to take it because it’s a job. I have another year on my parents benefits so I would eventually have to look elsewhere.
Is 40,000 enough to live in NYC with a roommate? How tough will it be? Don’t be afraid to be honest.
Post # 2
There are many many people who live in NYC with less, but is hard. You will probably have to look outside of the city ie The Bronx, Queens, some parts of Brooklyn as Manhattan is very expensive.
Is doable, but your standard of living will of course suffer in comparison to other parts of the country.
I’ve live in Manhattan. I can honestly say that I LOVE NYC, this place is home to me. I lived in several places around the country and none have ever felt like home, as NYC does; however, I am aware that is a hard city to live in for a lot of people.
Post # 3
Wow, no benefits? It will be super hard but you will probably have to live in the outskirts or check out jersey city by journal square/harrison. It’s cheaper and about a 30 min train ride into the city, depending on where.
I love NYC but like the previous poster said, it can be hard for some.
Post # 4
Honestly it will definitely be hard with that salary + a roommate. Without a roommate is not even feasible.
I would suggest looking for an apartment in the Bronx, the further you are from Manhattan the lower the rent is. Try checking out Parkchester, it’s a nice/non sketchy area in the Bronx that’s affordable.
Post # 5
NO do not move here for 40K. THAT IS NOTHING. you can’t even afford rent with that. I live in the Bronx and make wayyyy more than that and because it’s just me im pushing. Also I live in Parkchester it’s safe and Bla BLA BLA but rent is NOT cheap there. I pay $1500 for a one bedroom apartment a month ( this is the average ) . Huge and nice place in a decent community but add utilities and so many other expenses. Not to mention all the rules. I know parkchester condos have a min requirement for salary of like 54K to even consider.
I would pass that even with benefits. I say a min of 60K to move to NYC and live in an outter borough.
Post # 6
Agree 100% with the above posters, you need employment salary proof of 20x the rent most places or plan on sharing an apartment with 3-4 roommates in a different boro. Plus even shared utilities will be an extra $50-100 a month. I started a job at 46k back in 2007 in a private school in Manhattan and even that was tough trying to find a landlord that would rent to you and that you can afford to put down the first month, security, broker fee (1 month or more) on the spot. I’ve since changed careers. I love Queens. I’ve lived in Astoria since 2007 because I love this community and all the neighborhood has to offer but most of the 1brs here are even over 2k a month, shared 2br rents are about 1000-1300 a month. I’d reassess or see if they can offer anything additional to you. Plus no benefits, medical can be really expensive – no offense but this school really low-balled you.
Post # 7
40K BEFORE taxes? That will be hard to live in New York without any family unit support. Maybe Jersey, to save a bit on taxes.
You might need to try to negotiate. Call them and say that you crunched the numbers. But since you signed… That’s a lesson learned. If you can, you can move here apply for new positions before the school year. No one would dare offering you 40 K and employers cannot ask NY employees how much you are making in your current position. This employer sucks, even more because they surely charge both arms and legs to parents yet can’t even pay their educators a living wage for NYC. I would not want to work for them, but you know your situation better and one bird in hand can be better than 2 in the bush. But I’m thinking that working for NY public schools would be higher paying than this. Good luck on your decision, especially if you decide to keep looking now. But don’t go in debt for this.