I just applied for a new job and they asked what I would like as a starting salary and I wrote down 65k. I have now reached the final interview stage. This new job is about an hour away and my wife works in our current city with a contract until next summer so I would have to commute for at least the next year. At the time I applied I was making 55k, so the 10k bump was enough to compensate for the gas and commute time. Since the time of application I have received a substantial raise at my current job and now make about 62k so I am wondering if taking the new job would be financially worthwhile. If I am the one chosen would it be bad form to renegotiate what I asked for or am I pretty much stuck with the 65k? For the hiring managers out there would this completely turn you off if asked for a bit of a bump? What about asking for more vacation than they give new hires? I am at three weeks now but the new job starts new hires at one week. FYI -The salary for the new job is listed at 55-85k.
The job move would be to a lateral position but right now I am the only planner with no chance of upward movement and the new place has a planner, planning manager, and CD director and in an urban area so I feel there is more chance of upward mobility. What would you do in this situation?
For the record I am 30 with no kids. We own a house and we know we will take a loss on any sale. We do not have any student loans. I am involved in community organizations and we are really starting to "fit in" in our current town. We live about 5 minutes from both our jobs now and house prices are pretty inexpensive compared to our salaries. House prices in the new city would be about 50k more for similar houses.