@TheDoc i think it also varies on which company your working for. If your working for Google you would probably get a higher paycheck than if you were working for a small company. So i’m guessing it’s hard to measure. This site says the average salary for web developers is 70,00$ in NY [Salary in NY](http://www.simplyhired.com/a/salary/search/q-web+developer “”)
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NY is an expensive city. Like said above, living expenses is a must before you even think of packing your bags. You need to make sure you’ve got emergency costs to cover your back, ‘cos the slightest of things could happen and everything might not work as planned. (Trust me, I fell in this exact category whilst in NY!) You’re better off going through a planning stage and plot every tiny weeny thing that could possibly affect your living costs and so forth. If you have a solid and reliant income now, I’d highly advise to stick with that for the time being and keep an eye on jobs that appear in and around NY that match your criteria. Be known that development jobs in NY aren’t easy going or easy coming either. I don’t want to sound so negative, but you must be aware of the surrounding problems of your future if you decide to make a change to your living.
In the more positive side, if you have what it takes and you are most certainly confident in what you do, nothings stopping you dude :-) The sky is your limit, but remember, having the necessary things in place before you make the move is essential!
@Jarolin Are you thinking of Engineers? They get paid about that. However, Treehouse pays very well for web developers and designers. Starting salary is like $80k-$85k. So, I would agree. It depends which company and how valuable you actually are.
Manhattan actually isn’t that bad, price wise. Allison House found a decent sized apartment for less than $2,300 in a safe neighborhood. Below is an article she wrote.
I agree with with what TheDoc had to say, you not in anyway going to get $120.000 it just not going to happen. About the cost of living in NYC. well London and NYC are similar however London has become one of the most expensive cities in Europe!
One additional thing to remember health cover. I know you are a young guy and you think I don’t need it. Well you do and if you doing freelance work you going to have to pay for it yourself see there’s no NHS in NYC!
Thanks a million guys for all your advice! I have a ton to plan and do but i’m not deterred, I’ll be sure to post back my progress over the next year or at least blog about it. I think its a subject that could be spoken more about.
Hi yes I would still go for it! However, just a some cash reserve and sort-out the health cover. America is still an amazing country and generally the people are helpful and more open to strangers then in England.