I’m currently practicing at a small firm doing various forms of litigation/corporate work. My fiancé and I are looking to move from the NYC/NJ area to a rural area in the south this year. I’ve received a conditional offer for an associate position at a small real estate firm, which is great. But, it’s about half of my current salary. I understand it’s different region, but I feel the offer is disproportionately less, even when considering cost of living. Anyone else ever do this? Any advice?

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I hear Bendini, Lambert & Locke in Memphis, Tennessee is paying well.

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I live in the rural south and the amount I get paid is half of what my peers make in big cities or other states. It’s not unusual to see less than what you’re making now

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I just did the math on comparing the Orlando/Tampa/Jacksonville markets to NYC. COL in those markets is about 45-55% of COL in NYC.

Add to that the likelihood that you won’t work BigLaw hours in those markets, and it’s not a bad trade off. I suspect a rural market would make these numbers even more favorable.

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There are a lot of differences here. The south shouldn’t matter. It is the rural location and small size of the firm. Doesn’t hurt to ask for more. Also depending on where you’re going the state income tax is probably a big improvement for you

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