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What do you consider more important - higher base salary or bigger sign on bonus?

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Higher base, it sets the bar going forward.

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Gym discounts for sure

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Is this a serious question? Unless you’re talking a holy cow signing bonus, higher base is always going to be better...

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Don’t listen to SC2, bonuses are taxed as income just like regular wages. There is literally no difference from a tax perspective.

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Higher base definitely. The gift that keeps on giving.

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Don’t let SC2 be the reason you get a higher base. Let the fact that it’s a one time payment vs recurring payment be the reason you choose base

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Typically all comp metrics are based on base salary. Airways higher base.

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A few years ago, during negotiations they asked if I wanted extra $5k on base or bonus. It hurt to not get more cash now, but I added it to my base. #noregrets

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@EY Why so harsh, bro. Have yourself a beer or a sleeve of Oreos, or something.

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Plus if you leave the firm within a certain time you need to pay a portion or all of the sign on bonus back

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Your bonus will get taxed more when it's paid out but your end of year income tax is calculated on whatever bracket you are in so if the bonus doesn't move you up a bracket you'll get that extra tax from the bonus check as a refund

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Thank you for your input!

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KPMG OP why don’t you think for yourself a little bit here ? Higher base implies continual inflow of money. Higher sign on is once off. Put both streams of cash flow into an excel spreadsheet and see how long you need to be employed to make up for the higher base. If you expect , with reasonable likelihood, to not be fired within that period , go for the higher base . Duhhhhh????

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Chill EY.

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Yes, it is a serious question. Got an offer where the recruiter is trying to sell me on the higher sign on bonus and lower base (than what I asked for). I told her I rather have a higher base and she seemed surprised with my comment. Wanted to hear other 🐠’s opinion.

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Always base. The bonus is taxed to sh*t and is very short term incentive. They always lose out if you're base is higher since it affects your promotions and bonuses.

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Higher base all day. Over time, just the cost-of-living bump alone becomes another mortgage payment you won’t have to worry about.

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