Eyes already glazing over? You don't have to become a statistician or pore over hundreds of spreadsheets to figure out how much you'd need to make in a new city to keep pace with your current salary and cost of living. Leave it to the non-human calculators!
NerdWallet, for example, has an online tool that will help you compute how much the cost-of-living will increase (or maybe decrease) as you move from one city to the next. You simply plug in your current salary, where you live now and where you want to move. It then calculates the comparable income you would need to make in the new city to stay at your same standard of living.
Here are three examples of NerdWallet calculations for popular jobs and some expensive and bargain cities (spoiler alert: Atlanta has a very favorable cost of living).
Business coordinator moving from Atlanta to Los Angeles
This is one of the top jobs where women make more than men.
Average base pay in Atlanta: $40,662
How much you'd need to make to have a comparable salary in Los Angeles: $58,123; the cost of living is 43 percent higher in Los Angeles than Atlanta.
The average salary for a Business Development Coordinator is just $55,866 in Los Angeles.
Software engineer moving from Charlotte, North Carolina to Austin, Texas
This was one of the most popular jobs for 2018 college graduates.
Average base pay in Charlotte: $66,059
How much you'd need to make to have a comparable salary in Austin: $67,758; the cost of living is 3 percent higher in Austin than Charlotte.
The average salary for a software engineer is just $66,425 in Austin.
Jonathan Velazquez, 6, gets his backpack fitted by occupational therapist Kathy Espinosa, left, and occupational therapy student Tracy Selner during the 13th Annual Back to School Bash and Safety Fair at the Palmer Events Center on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Almost 150 community organizations and Austin school district departments provided information and activities to prepare students for a safe and successful school year. LYNDA M. GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Credit: Lynda M. Gonzalez
Credit: Lynda M. Gonzalez
Occupational therapist moving from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta
This is one of America's best jobs for 2019 according to Glassdoor.
Average base pay in Washington, D.C.: $95,840
How much you'd need to make to have a comparable salary in Atlanta: $61,135; the cost of living is 36 percent lower in Atlanta than D.C.
The average salary for an occupational therapist is $84,862 in Atlanta. That's $23,000 more than the NerdWallet calculation for the salary needed for a comparable standard of living in Atlanta, money that could go into a savvy job seeker's bank account.