My husband has an opportunity near Boston that would make us relocate from the Midwest. My current employer is flexible and has given me the ok that I can permanently work from home. However, Boston is more expensive than where I currently live. I really want to ask for a raise but feel like my hands are tied. Anyone have a similar situation with advice on how to handle?
Note: hubby is negotiating assuming I won't get a raise and I don't want to change jobs if I don't have to.

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You can’t ask for a raise because you’re choosing to move somewhere more expensive. The only time you can is if your company is asking you to move to a HCOL city for work purposes.

If you think you deserve a raise, base it around the work you’ve done and use good examples to show why you deserve a raise. Raises should be based on performance, not non-work personal expenses.


It can’t hurt to ask but keep in mind, most companies require several levels of approval to adjust salary to a higher COL area (not the same if moving to LCOL).

Also - approval to work from home was probably given based on your current state. You would need to confirm they are OK with a remote worker in MA.


I think at least worth asking if the pay range is different for Boston than the region you're based out of.

It's true that some managers might say, 'we can't give you a raise because we didn't ask you to move' but if you suggest it as a matter of changing your region categorization you might get a bump in the next raise round.

Focus on getting your classification changed first - remote - MA. You'll have to wait until you move to do this. Then ask about ranges. :-)

I agree that you cannot ask for a raise. It is your choice to move there. Does your company have an office in that location as well? And depending on the size of the company, you will need to make sure they are set up for MA state taxes like the other post suggested. Could potentially take 30-90 days.

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