Is a shorter commute worth a pay cut?

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  1. orangetea

    orangetea Connoisseur

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    I have a job in a very high paying district. By my 9th year, I would be making about 90K. (4 more years from now--My district is low income, and it's definitely very stressful, but I am managing. )My commute is about 40 minutes, mainly due to city traffic.

    My husband wants me to apply for jobs in districts closer to home. I'm hesitant about this because I'm pregnant, it's probably not a good idea to take maternity leave on my first year. If I were to look for another job, it would be the year after next. I would love a shorter commute, but I've looked at the salary scales of the districts around me. I wouldn't be taking an immediate pay cut, but the steps do not rise as fast as my current district. The max is around 70K instead of 90K--which I am already making now.

    My husband and I are not financially struggling, but I want to work after I have the baby so we can save money for college. Would the shorter commute be worth a pay cut?
     
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  3. PrincessDaisy

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    In your situation, no. I don't think they'd as understanding to your needs as a place you've been in. Once you have the baby, you're going to take time off if something happens. I don't a new district would be after having taking off for family leave.
     
  4. teachsph2008

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    I would stay put. I mean what if something happens at your new job. You'll have a new baby and now no income.

    You could always apply for closer jobs in the future, but I would wait it out a bit.
     
  5. Caesar753

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    I would definitely consider a significantly shorter commute once baby gets here, maybe after a year or so.
     
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    I agree that you should probably stay put. Personally, I don't think 40 minutes is that long of a commute. How much closer to home are you looking for? Even if you cut the commute in half, is 20 minutes each way going to make that much of a difference that it's worth giving up job security and the difference in salary over the long-term?
     
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    I agree with Jerseygirl. Gaining fifteen or twenty minutes back isn't enough of an incentive, particularly if you're expecting.

    Of course, my perception of commuting is severely warped. I just left my job that is a 90 minute commute to take one that is forty minutes away. Forty minutes sounds great to me!
     
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    The year after next, I'd polish off my resume. With a little one at home, those extra minutes with your baby will be priceless.
     
  9. PrincessDaisy

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    Mine is too. When I was student teaching I was placed in a school an hour away. So, to me anything under an hour is "short".
     
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    If the school you are teaching in is a good situation for you, stay there. You could go to a new school and it is not a good place, regardless of the salary changes.

    Really, none of us can tell you what to do, but if it's a $20,000 salary difference, I would stay where I was. If you are happy where you are, even more reason to stay.

    Also, congratulations on the baby!
     
  11. smalltowngal

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    I would stay put for now. Once baby comes and you're off maternity leave, then maybe look at applying closer to home. I currently have a 40 min commute and a 10 yr old at home. I would only leave my current position if one opened up in my daughter's district.
     
  12. ECE ABC

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    WOW! I would stay..i drive about 20 minutes one way on a good day and if could make as much $$$ as you I would EASILY double the time:D


    Good Luck to you!
     
  13. czacza

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    A $20k pay cut is huge...a car ride gives you time to reflect and decompress.
     
  14. a2z

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    That depends on the area and the traffic. I can say in my area, long commutes due to traffic do not allow for decompression and reflection. I do agree that some places that is true.
     
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    I'd deal with a 40 minute commute for $20k...and I make good money to start with...well beyond what the OP quoted.
     
  16. gr3teacher

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    I have a 40 mile, 1-4 hour commute (depending on traffic). I could get a job tomorrow literally within walking distance, which would involve a $15k paycut. There's no effing way I'd ever do it.
     
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    40 minute traffic commute isn't unheard of here. I'd do it for 20K more, but it wouldn't be time for reflecting or decompressing. Driving is difficult here.
     
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    Was that a 1 to 4 hour commute?
     
  19. czacza

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    I'm in the NYC metro area..I'd take a $20 K raise for a 40 minute commute...I've done it before for much less than I make now.
     
  20. gr3teacher

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    Yes. If there's no traffic it takes an hour (and if there's no traffic and no cops, it's closer to 35 minutes). If it's Friday afternoon before a holiday, it's 4 hours.
     
  21. a2z

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    Ahh, yes. Been there. Done that.
     
  22. orangetea

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    Thanks for the responses. :)

    I may stay for the next year, especially because of baby expenses. I think I will try to stay for as long as possible because of the pay. I just hope it won't become too stressful with the baby.
     

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