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How do you renegotiate your salary when transferring for a low COL city to a high COL city?

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Eh... you don't. Haha. I moved from a city of 50k with relative low COL to a city of 2M+ and my old firm told me the COL was the same. If you look at the federal COL site, the sad thing is they were right, but it doesn't compare apples to apples. Bug cities have a lot of ghettos that drive the "average" rent cost down. But if you looked at comparative rentals in both cities it was easily twice as expensive. I asked 3 times for a COLA and was denied even though I was essentially taking a 15% pay cut to move cities to help out a bigger office. I paid them back by quitting 2 weeks before busy season. The look on my partner's and manager's faces was well worth it. I now make above the median pay in my market, so the moral is, you can ask but don't expect anything. You need to take care of yourself. Just remember, just as your firm may view how much they pay you as a "business decision," you can make the same decision for your business (i.e. you).

If you're staying with the same firm they'll just do it automatically.

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