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Did anyone move from US (med state) to Australia (med state) within respective firms? What are the major differences: % salary diff, culture, weather, opportunities, expenses, family upbringing etc?

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Australian here, lived in the US previously but admittedly didn't work in consulting there. Salary may disappoint you. Not sure of your level, but at the earlier levels (A and C) US is 30-40% higher than aus typically. As a benchmark, starting analyst salary at big 4 in aus is close to 35k-40k Usd + a mandatory 8% contribution to what we call superannuation (equiv to 401k) so overall package is less than 45k USD. Culture is often much more laid back. Australians insist on breaks and we have stronger industrial relations laws that have made a stronger culture of work life balance. It's not uncommon at big4/acn to be on projects 9-5, though some people still do put themselves through 60 hour works despite the low pay. Saying that, MBB have an entrenched 60 hour culture. Melbourne and Sydney are the only two truly comparable cites to the US, and they're both lovely places. Sydney weather is warmer for 2 months a year, but Melbourne has a less humid/oppressive summer (though it still reaches 108F in melb in summer). Melbourne is significantly cheaper than Sydney in every way. There is a massive gap. Melbourne has the nicer overall city feeling and layout, but lacks the beautiful beaches in the city centre that Sydney has. Melbourne's beaches are an hour down the coast. Compared to the US, both cities are incredibly relaxed, warm, friendly, well designed, well maintained, clean, and beautiful. In general you will be amazed by the difference in lifestyle you get in Aus. Plenty of good opportunity to raise kids. Most families live in the suburbs, which will see your morning commute be roughly an hour by train, maybe a little more depending on your house budget. To get a house with less than an hour commute you would want to have maybe 1mil Usd (cash or mortgage) to buy a house. Private schooling costs about 20k Usd per year, but the public schools in many city areas are excellent. The system is not the same as the US. Kids do well at public schools. The universities are also world class. Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide are also big-ish cities but there is less opportunity there. They tend to focus on a limited set of heavy industries (resources), but offer a sleepier, cheaper lifestyle too.

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Not Oz, but NZ. PM me if you want to discuss. Wasn't easy, but very glad I did it.

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My parents did it when I was a kid and I did the opposite, now back living in the US. Also happy to answer specific questions. What US and Aussie cities? (Most of your questions depend on a lot on the cities)

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