(Closed) salary and commute… which is best option

posted 4 years ago in Career
  • poll: which option is best ( commute is by car)
    Take 48k job with 15 min commute : (13 votes)
    22 %
    Take 60k job with 40-50 min commute : (45 votes)
    78 %
  • Post # 2
    2168 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    So I live in Southern California which many know to have the worst traffic in the country, I had a job that I was paid hourly and the commute was about 40-50 mins with zero traffic, in reality it was more like 1 hour there and 1.5 hours on the way back, 5 days a week. I was gone usually 12 hours a day and between that and the cost of gas, it was not worth my sanity. I did that commute for almost 3 years and couldn’t anymore. I took a job closer to home that was salaried so I don’t have the overtime potential but I’ve been a lot happier. 

    Post # 3
    2606 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

    Personally, I don’t mind a commute. I travel about an hour each way to work. I would say it’s a large enough difference in pay that it will cover the travel costs. You can calculate how much more you will be spending in travel expenses (gas, tolls, oil changes) and if it is less than or close to half of the $12k difference per year I say go for it because it will pay for the travel costs and put more money in your pocket!

    Post # 4
    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    The commute is good ‘you’ time so don’t let that deter you!!

    Post # 5
    1552 posts
    Bumble bee

    An hour commute each way is the norm where I live so if you would love both positions and there are no other swinging factors I would take the 60k job. 

    Post # 6
    386 posts
    Helper bee

    My commute at my next job will be 40-45 minutes from my current apartment. Yeah, traffic can stink and accidents can happen, but sometimes car karaoke can take away my bad mood and I’ll come home happier. 

    Is there a way to take public transportation there? 

    Post # 7
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    I think the wear and tear on your car and the extra gas would eat into that extra $12K, so factor that into your decision. 

    What is your commute now? If you are used to 30+ minutes, it won’t be as big of an adjustment than if it’s 10 minutes. Personally, I love having a short commute (mine is less than 10 minutes). 

    Post # 8
    697 posts
    Busy bee

    I would take the 60K and the commute any day!

    Post # 9
    14943 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    40-50 sounds normal to me so 60k job for sure.  Assuming 52 weeks a year and 5 working days per week, that’s 260 days per year of an extra 1 hour or so round trip drive for an extra 12k/year.  Essentially getting paid $46/hour for that extra drive, more than the wage for either job since at 60k salary a year, that breaks down to $28/hr or $23/hr with 48k salary.   

    At worse,  you at least have the higher salary for if you want to job hunt since typically salary would only go up for comprable jobs.

    Post # 10
    459 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I think it’s a little more complicated.  Do you think you will be more happy at one job over the other?  I think job happiness should come first.  And then the nature of the commute, you know?  Like 60 minutes is crazy rush hour traffic is way different from 60 minutes of a calm drive.  I’ve always done long commutes (around an hour) but in the past year I changed jobs and now live five minutes away and think it’s the greatest.  But the job is also better, and the drive to my old job was extremely stressful during the winter months.  

    Post # 11
    446 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I went from something very similar 48k 15-20 minutes commute to 70k 45-120 min commute (45 minutes in the am 60-90 minutes depending on chicago traffic at night).  I can tell you that it takes a LONG adjustment period, but in the end it’s worth it.  When I first started not only was the commute longer, but my hours went from7-3:30 to 8:30-5 which was a lot to adjust to.  I was very bitchy when i got home essentially 2 hours later than I was used to, but I adjsuted.  Don’t get me wrong sometimes I still bitch about the commute but the extra $$$ is worth it…just have your Darling Husband be at home waiting wiht a glass of wine after a long commute 🙂

    Post # 12
    878 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    purplehibiscus:  from a purely time point of view, I don’t think 40-50 mins is that long. That’s the length of my commute and I do 13 hour shifts and I’m fine! I definitely use the time to have me time – listen to music and chat to friends and listen to my audiobooks

    Post # 13
    7417 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    purplehibiscus:  I crunched some numbers in excel and came out with the 60k job as making more financial sense even when the cost of gas and lost time are counted. Obviously this was based on assumptions about your car and the distance to both places and I didn’t take wear and tear on the car into account.

    I currently have a 35 minute commute when there is no traffic. Some days it is great me time like PPs suggested but other days traffic makes me extremely crabby. I also have to leave home pretty early to avoid traffic and getting home is closer to 45-50 minutes unless I stay late. TBH, it’s not really the time that bothers me but more so the constant stop and go traffic and idiots who cut in front of me.

    Are there differences in responsibilities? What about benefits? Based solely on the information given, I would personally choose the $48k job because traffics stresses me out. I also really enjoy being able to run home over lunch if needed.

    Post # 14
    2872 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Big question is how is traffic in your area, roughly? That would be my main choice. If the  45-60 minute commute was actually 1.5 hours, no thanks. I’d take the other job.

    Post # 15
    52 posts
    Worker bee

    purplehibiscus:  Can you take the 60k job adn put up with the commute for a year or 2  and then look for something else closer by? You’d be at the 60k range so you could insist companies pay you that much, or hopefully more. That’s what i would do. 

    It also depends on your expenses. I have a lot of coworkers who prefer a less demanding lower paying job bc they dont have a lot of expenses (aka they are married to high earners and spending more time at home is important to them). It’s also all about your circumstances etc

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