otbricki wrote:aaasdaef wrote:This is a totally different world from a normal east coast software job that some people are familiar with. And I don't think that cost of living is really twice as high here.
Cost of living index for Palo Alto is listed as about 180.
Palo Alto is certainly not only city in the Bay Area. Most people making 200k+ are not living in Palo Alto, but Mountain View, Los Altos, Cupertino, etc. Bay Area is expensive, but other jobs also pay good amount that do not require Bay Area.
My company has several employees who work remotely and can collect the same salary wherever they live.