I've been lucky enough to secure interviews at each of the three places that I applied to. Though each place had a closing date that was fairly close to one another, one jurisdiction (jurisdiction 1) moved incredibly fast and extended an offer almost immediately after interviewing. While I'm thrilled to have been given this offer, one of the jobs that I applied to extended me the ability to interview at the same time (jurisdiction 2). I interviewed with jurisdiction 2 a week after interviewing for jurisdiction 1 and while the interview dates are close, jurisdiction 1 had hoped to have an answer the week that I initially interviewed and allowed me to stall until the end of the next week. jurisdiction 2 won't be providing an answer in terms of who they have picked until early in the following week. Now, jurisdiction 3 extends me an interview as well, and has multiple openings (3).
I'm conflicted. I hit it off with jurisdiction 1; however, the salary for the position is 8k lower than jurisdiction 2 at the lower end, and 15k on the higher end. Jurisdiction 3 provides a great deal of stability and prestige, but I think I wouldn't be right to even consider interviewing there. I do have until Friday to make this decision, however. My question is this: is it wrong to request that jurisdiction 1 waits a couple more days on an answer, so long as I provide them a clear explanation as to why I'm waiting? Would you wait? The last thing I want to do is find out that I get jurisdiction 2 at a full level higher (15k) a couple days after I've accepted a job with jurisdiction 1. Further, I think it would be highly unethical to accept the job at jurisdiction 1 only to turn around and recant it I get a job elsewhere.
Any thoughts are appreciated!