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Niall O Broin writes:
> On 10 Jun 2005, at 17:37, Justin Mason wrote:
>> > fwiw, comparing US salaries with IE salaries isn't a simple 1:1 match;
> > costs vary for other aspects of life
>> Yes - most of those things are much cheaper in most of the U.S.
nope. ;) rent, in the bay area at least, is notably pricey.
however, food and booze is definitely cheaper.
> > (healthcare, tax, cost of living,
> > rent, etc.) to make them less comparable. Healthcare in particular
> > is a killer in the US.
>> I thought healthcare was supposed to be a !(killer) ?
>> But seriously - doesn't health insurance come as part of the package
> with all but the lowest of the low jobs in the U.S. ?
it does -- however, most (all?) US health insurance schemes don't
cover expenses entirely, so there's often a large proportion that
comes from the employee, as a mix of pre-tax contribution from salary,
post-tax co-pays, deductibles etc.... it's a complicated mess ;)
It can take a good chunk of salary.
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