I received an offer from a solar startup in San Jose 110k base with 7.5% bonus - I am looking for at least 120k due to living costs and I have another offer locally in Texas with 110k compensation at a much more established chemical company. How can I negotiate to get a higher base for the startup? I like them and am attracted to opportunity to change industries and move but comp is only thing holding me back. Any advice?

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Startup will be hard to give you good comp especially in this economy

Surprised they’re even hiring right now

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110k in SJ is ave , but in Texas, you will have a wealthy life

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Excellent point

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Chase what you love. Money will always leave you cold in the end.

What do you want to do? What will make you come alive? Which of those positions will at the end of the day make you glad you got out of bed? Which fits your lifestyle?

You can always negotiate for more compensation in the future. You cannot negotiate for a better culture or lifestyle once you enter the company. They are who they are. Choose the one that is calling you.

Good Luck.

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