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- by UpliftingRN Apr 25, '12I have a question.... Is 56,000 a decent salary to live on in Chicago? I'm moving there from NYC where I'm making 84,000! I expected a lower salary considering the lower cost of living but it still seems quite low. Any thoughts?
- Apr 25, '12 by JuliwithoutaneQuote from UpliftingRNYes you can live on that. If you have no debt or car payment etc it's even easier. When I moved to Chicago I made 30k and survived easily! Plus I feel like 56k is not what an experienced nurse makes here. Someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. I've still got another year of school.I have a question.... Is 56,000 a decent salary to live on in Chicago? I'm moving there from NYC where I'm making 84,000! I expected a lower salary considering the lower cost of living but it still seems quite low. Any thoughts?
- Apr 25, '12 by UpliftingRNWell hearing that puts me a little more at ease. How much did u afford yourself for rent on that salary? I am hoping I make more than that with my 4 yrs experience but I was told by my HR interviewer I would be making around $30/hr. maybe I should try to negotiate??
- Apr 26, '12 by JuliwithoutaneQuote from UpliftingRNI guess it also depends on the hospital. Some don't/can't pay that much. I read a lot about how hard it is to get a job so my gut reaction would be to take the money and run But I think it wouldn't hurt to try for more.Well hearing that puts me a little more at ease. How much did u afford yourself for rent on that salary? I am hoping I make more than that with my 4 yrs experience but I was told by my HR interviewer I would be making around $30/hr. maybe I should try to negotiate??
54k is what I made when I left my job and my rent was around 1400. But I have no car payment or any other major bills. It's up to you how much you're comfortable spending on rent. But even if you DO make *just* $30/hr, you'll be fine. Chicago is a great place to live, welcome!
- Apr 26, '12 by funnywomanwhy u leaving nyc?
- Apr 26, '12 by UpliftingRNI'm leaving NYC because I don't want to start a family in a 2 bdrm shoebox and transport baby strollers up walk ups or subways or buses. Quality of life on a normal salary in NYC sucks for a family.
- Jun 4, '12 by emlyWhat Juli said - you'll be fine. Chicago rent will run you between $700 and $1500 for a 1BR, depending on where you live. Realistically, expect to pay closer to $900 for a one bedroom. Logan Square, Lincoln Square and West Town/Noble Square are pretty good price:value/location (also a little more diverse than Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, etc). Like Juli, I moved here w/ a starting salary of $27K, but that was 11 years ago and everything's a little more expensive. If you have a roommate, even easier.
- Jun 4, '12 by JuliwithoutaneYeah my 30k was 11 years ago too. I should maybe have mentioned that
- Jun 9, '12 by ArtisticNurseIs it better to rent than to own estate in Chicago?
I'm also planning to move there. Given, I would prefer an area close to amenities.
- Jun 10, '12 by digitiminimiI think more people should consider living in places like Oak Park or Riverside (suburbs really close to the city). It's only a 10-12 min drive into downtown from Oak Park, you don't have to worry about parking or street congestion, the area is nice with a lot of restaurants and stores, you feel safe (even at night), and it's just easy living. You can jump on the L to get downtown or take a bus if you want. I live in a pretty nice one bedroom in Oak Park and its $850/month.