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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by AntiriadElectronics, Jul 23, 2005.

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  1. Hi All,

    Pardon me because this is off-topic, but it is important. I have been asked
    to move with my company to San Diego California, and I need some reference
    point to compare what they are offering. Can anyone tell me:

    - What ballpark base salary (before benefits and 401(k)) should a
    Computer/Electronics engineer with about 5 years experience and detailed
    product knowledge for a product support / technical sales role expect.
    - What ballpark (if different from above) would a Senior Application
    Engineer expect?

    I have experience in FPGA/Embedded and PCB design at a systems level, with
    reasonable coding ability in C and VHDL.

    Thanks for any advice you may give - I appreciate it!

    (Anonymity may be required on my part, so forgive me for not stating my
  2. AntiriadElectronics wrote...
    San Diego is expensive. It's also well-built-up and crowded, with good
    but full freeways, etc. Whether its fabulous weather, etc., is worth
    the rest is a function of where you're moving from, and what you like.
  3. Hi Win,

    Thanks for your reply. I will be moving from Sydney Australia. Weather is
    similar but I have no idea about cost of living - as you say, San Diego is
    expensive, and my initial research over the web has confirmed this
    impression. Rents and mortgages are very high there, and the area in which I
    will be working is one of the more expensive ones (many houses cost over $1M
    USD). Sydney is also expensive but I don't think as much as San Diego as far
    as raw costs of accommodation. I guess what I am really asking is how much
    do Electronics/Computer engineers get paid there... Any idea?
  4. henryF

    henryF Guest

    $50K to $90K or more, USD
    you can look it up on line too, several places.
    You may be able to get some calif ads too with Sal range via
    Newspapers on line.
    Call a head hunter in SD, or calif.
    SD is one of the nicest places in the USA,
    that is why prices are high
    Also USA is in a housing boom right now, but it should deflate.
    New loan laws went into effect at beginning of the year, which actually is
    not good for the borrower.
    I would rent for a while.
    water is cold. no reef, great surf
    Beautiful weather year round.
    Your company may offer a cost of living adjustment, hopefully.

  5. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    Also USA is in a housing boom right now, but it should deflate.
    Don't hold your breath.
    "Buy land. They're not making it any more." --Mark Twain
  6. Bob Eldred

    Bob Eldred Guest

    Be prepared for high prices. Housing is very expensive to buy but rents are
    a little cheaper depending on area. Gas is high but other costs are more or
    less ok. But, the high price of housing also means a high return when sold
    or moving up. Some people have actually made more money just in the increase
    in equity of their houses than they make in their salaries! That's one
    reason prices are high, because many are using real estate as an investment
    because of the recent excellent returns. Some are predicting a downturn or
    bubble burst so there is some risk but there is no signs of it yet. A lot of
    people live here so there is a lot of congestion but not as bad as LA.
    There's a lot to do, outdoor stuff, boating, fishing, hiking, off roading,
    camping . There's mountains and desert near by plus Mexico and miles of
    beaches. There are thousands of resturaunts, clubs, museums, symphony
    orchestra, opera and two professional sports teams. You should visit the
    area and look around also contact the chamber of commerce for specifics. I
    can't give you salaries. The weather is great but it is a dry climate, there
    is virtually no rain in the summer. The only green is where it is irrigated
    during much of the year. Good luck. If your company is offering to move you,
    what have you got to loose?
  7. The San Diego area is one of the most attractive in North America,

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  8. Wow - I didn't expect a response from anyone so soon - thank you all very
    much it is very helpful. Some of the ideas of where to find information in
    particular :)

    Best Regards to aLL.
  9. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    The place is an overcrowded cesspool with very high crime rates, rampant
    government waste and corruption and record inefficiency providing
    services, and a pathetically underpowered and crumbling infrastructure.
    This applies to ALL of California, a fetid dump. You would be better off
    moving to Africa, or Texas.
  10. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    Oh yeah- environmentally California is the most toxic place in the
    entire US. You will be exposed to the worst possible pollutants in every
    form. These pollutants are produced locally and there is the toxic cloud
    moving out of China that hits California first. It is a very filthy and
    dirty place, and your drinking water will most likely contain human
    feces in significant amounts.
  11. Bob Eldred

    Bob Eldred Guest

    Yeah right! Its so crowded nobody wants to live here (sic). That's why
    prices are so high, because nobody wants to be here. Actually I wish more
    people felt that way and would stay away from our over crowded cesspool.
    But, that's not to be.
  12. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    Not to worry- I wouldn't even visit the place on all expenses paid
    luxury travel. I did live in the Mojave near Palm Springs for a year-
    that was not too bad, but the urban areas are dumps.
  13. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    Oh yeah- and Palm Springs is a hedonist dump too.
  14. San Diego water has a bit too much radium 228 at 0.73 to
    but only 1 water sample was found to have E.coli in 2004
    but most pollutants seem to be well below the Maximum Contaminant

  15. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Whatsa matter, Fred, couldn't afford it ?:)

    ...Jim Thompson
  16. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    move with my company to San Diego California
    Don't sugar-coat it Fred, give it to him straight. :cool:
    Hyperbole, I think.
    He *will* have to deal with Liberals
    trying to spend all his money to try to make the place Paradise.

    A current news story: (They may have to put the town in hock.)

    My favorite story of the week:
    :environmentally California is the most toxic place in the entire US.
    : Fred Bloggs
    Compared to New Jersey (chemically-based industry)
    or Louisiana (petrochemicals)?
    Please cite.
  17. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    Lemme see, at the time I must have been earning $75/month, so you tell me:)
  18. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    Right- that whole state is in a nose dive.
    California has been poisoning the Colorado river for years with
    agro-chemicals and other contaminants like heavy metals pumped from ever
    increasing depths to triple crop areas nearly depleted of top soil. The
    sheer magnitude of density automotive exhaust relative to residential
    areas puts them over the top of any other state.
  19. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I remember that sort of income, when I was a student.

    My daughter's-in-law parents live in Palm Springs. But he's a
    millionaire seller of Harley's ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  20. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Funny you should mention that, I just imported an engineer from Texas
    to San Francisco (met'em on this very ng!) and he seems to like it
    here so far. We're designing some awesome stuff, too.

    Granting a bit of corruption and somewhat more inefficiency,
    California still works very well, simply because there's so much money
    here. And it's still beautiful. San Diego is a bit warm and beachy for
    my tastes (I like the cool, gray fog up here) but it is a very nice
    place by most anybody's standards.

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