I have two Job Offers.
One pays 95k + 19k Bonus(114k) and the other one only pays 77k - no bonus.
The high paying one is going to require me to relocate to a new city, in a new state, the second one is a local company.
Besides salary, both seem fine so far, and offer nice opportunities for growth and learning. They are well known companies, and will look good at my CV.
The first one is a consultant company, the second one is a product company.
The first one is a position as an Software Architect, while the second one as a Developer, which justifies the salary differences. The actual Job Description is similar for both, with some differences in languages, which I am fine with.
My gut tells me strongly to take the low paid one, and join their team. They were very nice to me, and offered an incredible environment. Although they offer less salary, they offer better work life balance, such as 35 holydays, and home office.
It just seems counter intuitive to take the low paid one, but for me it seems natural, easy going - just the right thing to do. (I am coming from a Start up and leaving a high stressful phase of my career where I worked really hard, over nights, and weekends)
Money wise, I can live very well with 77k where I live, but is it good for my career to follow my intuition?
This is a big dilema for me now.
EDIT: The bonus in the first offer is variable, and so far only valid for the first year