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Re: What's a reasonable salary adjustment?

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Zurich rents are about what Manhattan rents are, more or less (I am not sure I have not lived there in years).
Surely in all these years no one has had the gall of raising rents in Manhattan.
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Re: What's a reasonable salary adjustment?

I think most of the posts are ignoring USGIRL's original statement. She states that she is earning US $90k (about ChF 100k ) in an area with a low cost of living, thus she has a very high standard of living where she is, and a job with a fair amount of responsibility and a lofty title to boot. Therefore to maintain that same standard of living, I still assert that she would need to earn ChF 160k - 170k.

For example, she states 2 br where she lives is 800 - 900 per month. 3.5 rooms in Zurich is 2,200 - 2,500; approximately 1,500 higher per month, or 18,000 per year. Divide 18,000 by .75 to gross up the number to the pre tax income required, and one arrives at 24,000 per year to be equivalent just from a housing standpoint. Apply that same reasoning to other aspects of her life, I think she will arrive a number close to what I stated.

I realize one can a have a nice life in Zurich for ChF 110 - 120k, but, again, that is not her situation. Speaking for myself, to maintain the life style I had in the US, I needed a multiple similar to what I proposed initially. Ultimately, her salary will be determined by the local market for her skills. Without knowing her, her profession, or her lifestyle, I was just trying to give her some guidance, and the costs of a few things to keep things in perspective. I have known several people who have been seduced to Zurich with a 25% to 30% pay increase only to have a severe case of sticker shock upon arrival.
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Re: What's a reasonable salary adjustment?

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If you think you can not ask for an increase of at least %50 of what you earn now, do not make the move. it is very nice to live here in Switzerland but not with 90k USD.
By the way, do you have family? Kids? The cost of living is different if you are single or have dependents.

What is the average cost of living adjustment for someone coming from the US? Major city....New York, Chicago, D.C..etc

I've been doing some research and see anything between 30-50%. Trying together a better idea.

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Re: What's a reasonable salary adjustment?

The advised minimum to live on here is CHF 900, plus apartment rental, plus health insurance.

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What is the average cost of living adjustment for someone coming from the US? Major city....New York, Chicago, D.C..etc

I've been doing some research and see anything between 30-50%. Trying together a better idea.

Thanks.
a starbucks drink here will cost over US$10. you do the math!
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Re: What's a reasonable salary adjustment?

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a starbucks drink here will cost over US$10. you do the math!
LOL glad to see that the cost of living of a country is now being based on the price of Starbucks and not a big mac.
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Re: What's a reasonable salary adjustment?

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What is the average cost of living adjustment for someone coming from the US? Major city....New York, Chicago, D.C..etc

I've been doing some research and see anything between 30-50%. Trying together a better idea.

Thanks.
Similar to moving from the US to most other countries.

Having gone the other way (Zurich -> Phoenix), then later back home to Australia (from Phoenix), which has a similar cost of living to Switzerland, I would say 30% increase will bring you close to breaking even, though slightly below (eg: you'll probably need to adjust eating habits or live in a smaller home). 50% will be a clear, if not dramatic, improvement (for starters, you'll be able to holiday in Europe over a weekend ).

The cost of living in the US really is phenomenally low, even in places where it's supposedly expensive. You can live very well there (BMWs, big house, frequent dining out, holidays, etc) on $80k/yr.

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Re: What's a reasonable salary adjustment?

Don't forget that paying women an average of 20 percent less than a man for the same job is institutionalized here in Switzerland.
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