生活水準

Or standard of living (at least that’s how I translate it).

Saw an on-line posting for a translator/interpreter yesterday at a town in western Ohio, a position most likely automotive given its location near the Honda manufacturing plant and applied.

Within 30 minutes perhaps, go a call from the headhunter about the position and was asked, as I have in the past, if I would be comfortable in relocating.  Said ‘yes’ and added that I wouldn’t mind even relocating back to Japan (seriously) as son unit is now on his own more or less.

So the conversation then turned to another position, in San Jose CA, one paying 100k per year for a position vaguely in my experience/skills set and would I be interested in that?

100k is nothing to sneeze at but said given the area  and the standard/cost of living that level of compensation might be a stretch as housing costs there as here drive up the cost of what is need to live.

This has always made any discussion of salary difficult for while say a salary of 160k here may sound exorbitant to an outsider, one may be able to live somewhat comfortably on it with say 3 or 4 children, but one will also not be taking annual  winter trips to the Caribbean on that sort of salary either.  So my reply has always been I can’t give a number for desired compensation as it all depends on where the potential job is located.  So again 160k is not bad for here, but not eye-popping whereas the same salary in say a town in the Midwest (save a place like Chicago) would be eye-popping.

Without any firm prospect of an interview yet, musing about this is getting far ahead of the game, but I am concerned as to how feasible this really is.  My goal is to find full-time employment but the options, and not necessarily in order of importance are:

  1. Find a position here saving the expense and headache of a move and by doing so be in a position to pay the house off sometime in the next  4 to 5 years (thanks to an aggressive 15-year refinance).
  2. Find a position elsewhere, including Japan, with the option of renting the house here out or, in the case of the translator/interpreter job in Ohio, even though the compensation is half of what is offered for the other position, with the difference left after selling the house here, given the lower housing/living cost there, a decent house could be bought outright with $$ to spare. 

The option of relocating in San Jose at that level of compensation  and  housing cost leads me to believe I would again have to go 200, 300 400k in debt again, even with money from sale of the house here and I really don’t want to do that again at this point in my life.

 

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