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Big 4 offer: 65k Mid size (top 10) offer: 71k Would it be delusional if I accept the mid size offer?

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What B4 offered 65k? Deloitte starting Analyst salary is 85k plus 10k in consulting. I am fairly sure that the other three are not that low either in consulting? Is your offer for audit? Seems like audit salary.

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Deloitte advisory definitely makes a lot less than that

Can you provide location too? I’m Bay Area, CA based and salaries are higher. Know for a fact PwC IT audit is 72k starting out here. Deloitte 1 is correct on analyst range

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No take midsize better hours

Try to negotiate for at least 70k for big 4

Campus hire salaries aren't negotiated. If someone declines, another one will gladly take it.

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I know someone that started as a staff for one big 4 and was able to negotiate , I guess it varies on a case to case basis. Also what are you long term goals? That will help determine which to go for.

I want big 4 for sure, the comp is just so ridiculous

Promotion time line is 2 yrs, work on honing your skills for a start. If you see something much better along the time, you decide.

I know promotion is based on base and I just don't want to get paid the lowest my entire career

About 5-6 years from now, you will realize that $4k is, for most intents and purposes in the lifestyle of mid career consultants, equivalent to $0. Even today, you’re splitting hairs over less than 10% delta. Take the B4 offer, you’ll be able to build to higher salary much faster from there than you would from mid market, this is especially true starting in Tax. And have some humility, $64k a year probably puts you in the 97+ percentile for income in your age bracket.

Why does age matter? I have a masters and passed all sections of the cpa. All firms (including other big 4) are paying 70k+. You wouldn't go with a 10% increase in your current salary?

It’s not age I’m referring to, it’s being 5+ years into your career. Consulting salaries grow very fast, $4k 5 years from now will be inconsequential if you stay in consulting that long. To your question: No, 10% increase, all else equal, isn’t even close to enough to sway me from my current role. In the current market, I wouldn’t consider anything under 25% increase assuming no other benefits over my current role. For context, I started my career at a midmarket CPA firm (think RSM, Grant Thorton) in consulting making $64k. 5 years later, I’m making close to 5x that having switched firms twice. Had I started in B4, I probably would have made more money after 1-2 years and I likely would have only had to hop firms once instead of twice. Plus my network would be stronger and pedigree more attractive. Some things in your career are unknowable right now, but the B4 offer brings a lot more certainty at a very nominal cost.

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