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I always though that you should leave big 4 when you make manager but would it be prudent to leave to a growing real estate firm to make 85 base as a senior?

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Don't leave til you get your 6 digit offer


you'd likely work a lot less, but consider the height of the ceiling at the real estate firm.


85k base as a tax senior? You're getting straight up ripped off. I thought first year tax seniors made that much? They definitely make around that much in NYC.


@EY2, NYC isn't representative of most cities. 85k as a tax senior in a place like Dallas sounds pretty average, but then the rent in Dallas is a third of what it is in NYC.


@pwc1 is 85k base as a senior 1 in tax what I should expect in Dallas? Is that as someone who has started with pwc? I'm not a senior yet but that seems a lot higher than what I make now and would make for a huge raise next year when I make senior.


No, pdubs 2, I mean going to industry. Staff 3 in Dallas is probably like 62-65, senior somewhere in the low 70s, if it's like audit in Chicago. Don't base your industry expectations on extremely high col cities like NYC. They exit to fix figs because their rent is 3 grand a month.


Regardless of pay, I think if you're going to go industry you sound know what your growth potential is and what the raises are like. Don't get tricked with a higher base salary followed by 1-2% pay raises every year and being a senior accountant for the next 10 years.


Do it. Go.

Yea I think the point I was trying to make is leaving big 4 to make 85k base is being underpaid by industry. I figure if you're in tax at big 4 that you should leave for more than 85k which you will hit 3-4 years into your career.

*six figs

Absolutely agree on that part. Look at who else works where you're going. Lots of former big four people there? LinkedIn research says they're moving up at a good pace? Those are good signs.

Thank you all! Everything I read was sound advice. Yeah I just have people inquiring of me and I'm not serious about any move but I was just curious on other people's opinions. Cheers.

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