I live on Florida's Gulf Coast. Access to the white sands of Pensacola
Beach, and the Gulf of Mexico is worth at least $10,000 per year, relative
to Birmingham, or Mobile, Alabama. Double that if you're coming from
Atlanta. Don't believe it? Try to get a job here.
The west cost seems to be similar to the Gulf Coast, except that cost of
living is *so* high out that way that salaries are lots higher than
anywhere. Otherwise no one could afford to live there.
When I was losing engineers from the midwest to Denver, I discovered that
(25 years ago) the view of the Mountains was worth about $5,000 per year.
Does that translate to about $15,000 today.
And I know of one place (which shall be nameless), that's so remote,
backward, humid, full of snakes and alligators, and far away from *any
other* market for engineers that it takes a *premium* to attract someone
there. One clue, the word "grits" is pronounced with two-syllables.
Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561
> From: Khosrownia, Ghassem SPK <GKhosrownia(--nospam--at)spk.usace.army.mil>
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
> Subject: RE: Average Salary by Experience
> Date: Friday, June 23, 2000 6:38 AM
> How does locality come into the picture in this salary report? I always
> assumed the salary for those practicing in the southwest should be higher
> than say those who work in the southeastern U.S.