wow! that was not my experience coming to ak. my salary offer here was 33% higher than in the midwest.
*** well i guess it depends on where you had chosen to work previously. i make well over six figures here as a regular (non advanced practice) rn not including ot. providence only offered me around $80k.
according to the best places web site: http://www.bestplaces.net/col/
i would have to make $163k to have a compairable lifestyle in or near anchorage as we do now were we live. according to that website anchorage is 47% more expensive place to live than where i live currently and housing is 120% higher in anchorage.
it is true that it is more expensive to live here, everything from housing, to gas, to milk.
*** we bought a 10 year old 4 bed, 2 bath house on 23 acres with fields, a wooded creek bottom and some woods for $120k here 4 years ago. we were unable to find any nice houses in the anchorage area $120k. we searched up to an hours drive away.
wasn't it beautiful in that area though? oh wait, what time of year did you visit?
*** yes! alaska was beautiful! i loved it and to be honest if i didn't have children i would take the pay cut and move there anyway. i loved it. please understand i am not saying that alaska is not a great and interesting place, only that the pay vs cost of living didn't work out for us. while i only applied for a job in anchorage we did travel to other parts of the the state. i have continued to keep my eye on rn jobs there and continue to be disapointed at the relitivly low pay offered there. we were there from the last two weeks of august through the first two weeks of september.