I was browsing around a bit because I'm seriously considering moving to the bay area. With the cost of living being so high out there I was trying to determine if I could make it. I wound up at the sf.gove site http://www.ci.sf.ca.us/jobs/permjobs.htm
and was really suprised at the high pay scale. Is that representative of the pay scale in SF, or is the goverment paying more.
Licensed Vocational Nurse - Jail Health Services Entrance
$47,840 - $58,136 12/27/2002
Licensed Vocational Nurse Laguna Honda Hospital Entrance
$44,213 - $53,714 03/23/2001
Licensed Vocational Nurse SFGH Only Entrance
$47,840 - $58,136 08/23/2002
RN - Laguna Honda Hospital Entrance
$63,971 - $74,777 09/27/2002
RN - Home Health Agency Entrance
$63,726 - $74,490 12/27/2002
RN - Critical Care Stepdown Training Program (SFGHMC) Entrance
$63,726 - $74,490 12/13/2002
May 19, '04
I don't know if it's representative of the pay scale, but since I've lived in the Bay Area, I can tell you that half of your pay check could easily go to rent and/or buying a house. With the average price of a home being $500,000 or more, you need to take that into consideration. Or, if you're going to rent, you need to think about whether you want to split costs with a roommate, or commute for an hour or more, which is what a lot of people do there.
While rents have fallen a little bit, they are still high and housing in general is outrageously expensive in the Bay Area. Those salaries don't begin to cover it, in many cases.
Last edit by Sheri257 on May 22, '04