RE: /S/a/l/a/r/y/ ... er... I mean rates

Subject: RE: /S/a/l/a/r/y/ ... er... I mean rates
From: "James Barrow" <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2006 14:20:39 -0800

>Gene Kim-Eng said:
>>Kevin (in Ottawa) wrote:
>>I've been wrong before (stop that snickering)

Not snickering. It's a nervous twitch.

>>but isn't $100K in a place like New York (NY) or Silicon Valley about the
>>same as $85K in a place like... hmm Ottawa?

Er...yes, without picking apart regions of the U.S. city by city.

>>When you consider relative costs of living - housing being a big one,
>>barrista-dispensed coffee being another (for many people), a higher salary
>>in one place would be offset by those higher ongoing costs for essentials,
>>wouldn't they?

Seems to me that whenever I've worked with a contractor who was imported
from the Bay Area (SF), the number one expense was housing. The housing
rates that I recall were about as much as rates were recently after the
housing boom.

I'm not sure if a companies increase their compensation so that tech writers
can afford a latte though.

>I'm not familiar with the cost of living on Ottowa, but I know tech writers
>in places here in the US who live better than I do (at least by the
>standard they apply to measure quality of life) on half of what I make here

>in Silicon Valley.

This is an interesting comment. I'm not sure if this means that you make a
boatload of cash, or if living costs are actually that much lower outside of
the Silicon Valley.

- Jim


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