I'm at my present job as a programmer since 2007, in Northern NJ. I have 3 weeks of vacation, work from home when I have/want to, a good rapport with my manager/team and name recognition across our office, very short commute etc.
Neither I nor my wife have any particular connection to this region like own house or kids at school or family etc, other than some friends by living here. The hospitals are great so is the food.
Compensation hasn't grown much over the years- less than 1% a year since I started. I have a very high premium and deductible for health insurance; no 401K company match/contribution; no training or learning opportunities in newer technologies/concepts. I've been doing the same stuff over the last few years. I feel like a knife that's gotten blunt.
Now I found a position, interviewed for it and got an job offer from the IT department of a well known and well liked retail company HQed in the Seattle Metro area. The bump in base salary is 7% (above wchich they will not negotiate), and it is in a state with no income tax. This company has 401K match, and an annual contribution and very low premium for health insurance. They're famous for having one of the lowest employee turnovers in the industry.
However, by joining this company, I will have only 2 weeks of vacation for the first 4 years; even that is subject to blackout periods during Christmas/Thanksgiving seasons; not as flexible with work from home policy, and above all, a coast to coast move across the country though the company is willing to reimburse the relocation expenses. Rent seems similar between these two regions.
I've been called a few times by them asking me to accept their offer. If I accept, it will be my first move to somewhere outside the Boston-NYC-NJ-Washington DC area since I moved to the United States 15+ years ago.
My concern is, is it worth trading the comfort and advantages of the present job for this new one? Everyone keeps saying what I already know - that only I know what is right. While true, it is an answer that doesn't help much.
How much in % would be the savings in state income tax if I were to move to Washington state? What are some other factors that need to be considered? What has been your experience?