synchronicityII,You wrote, As long as you considered the higher COL in accepting the offer, you should be fine.I think I'll be fine. The offer is good. Adjusted for COL, the base pay for the offer is about the same as I make now. However:1. I think the work will be more interesting;2. I'll be full-time again with associated benefits;3. They're paying for most of our relocation costs; and4. We'll be close to where we eventually want to retire.The benefits are a huge plus. (I've been a "W-2" contractor for the past 4 years with few benefits.) The new job includes (mostly) employer-paid insurance, a proper 401(k) plan with matching and a Roth option, an ESPP and possible annual bonuses and stock awards. The benefits alone (without any potential bonus or stock) amounts to about an 8-9% pay raise. All in all I think it will be a good move, even considering the high cost of housing there. So far the only down-side I see financially is that the move itself will impact my taxes substantially. I also had a big capital gain this year, which means I expect to get really reamed by the IRS come April. Of course some of that was going to happen even if I move, so I suppose I shouldn't complain...Of course I'm also leaving family here too. My parents, my 2 brothers and my son (27) are all within about a 90 minute drive from our current abode. My daughter (25) and granddaughter (5) live in Oklahoma about 4-5 hours away. Moving to the Seattle area makes anything like a casual visit completely impractical.On the flip side, I have a sister and her family about 5 hours away in Spokane. And ... aj485 is moving her mom out there too.- Joel
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