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I’m an ACD in NY making $160k. I’m now considering a role at a big Chicago agency. What’s an appropriate salary? I assume it’ll be less, since it’s a lower cost of living. Thanks.

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I think 160 is actually low for New York so might be able to stay pretty close to that.

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I made 70k as an art director there a couple years ago if that adds context. That being said, Chicago is VERY cheap and comfortable to live in comparatively (currently in NYC now) You can stay in a brand new 1bdm, full amenities building for under 2k. In Logan square street parking is abundant, so owning a car is an actual possibility.

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$160K seems way too low for an ACD in NY?

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Please tell that to my bosses.

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Chi ACD = 120-180

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You heading to a Big holding company or an independent?

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More independent than, let’s say, a DDB.

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115-135

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