Everyone would like to make more money, but sometimes an enticing opportunity might not actually be a good deal.

A client came to me and said he was satisfied with his job and not actively looking for something else. But
a good friend and coworker went to another company. He then wanted to recruit my client for a job with a $10,000 increase in pay. That was worth considering! So together, we did the math:

Irene Marshall - Tip Call Out - Should you take a job with a $10,000 jump in salary

After-Tax: We estimated that he would take home $8,500 in after-tax money.

Weekly: That would give him an extra $163.46 per week.

Daily: That would give him an extra $32.69 a day.

Hourly: That would give him an extra $4.08 per hour, less than that if he worked more than eight hours. That’s about the cost of a Starbucks coffee.

And there were other things to consider.  

  • Would he have to pay more to commute? Filling up a car with gas or taking a subway can be expensive.
  • What about health coverage? If he had to pay more for his kids, that could eat into the $10,000 pretty easily. 
  • Would it be ok to wear jeans to work to avoid expensive dry cleaning bills? (It all adds up!)  

He eventually decided not to take the job after running the numbers. A $10,000 increase sounded good, but it really wasn’t worth making a change for an extra $4.08 an hour (or even less).

This is the type of situation where I can provide coaching to help you consider all the aspects of a job offer, including financial issues. With my experience as a career coach, I can see these things from angles that you might not have considered! So, let’s make sure that you are always making the right choice about your future! You can schedule a free consultation so we can discuss.