I am currently a developer in Minnesota, USA. I have always had an interest in living in Australia, and my company has locations there, so transferring locations within the company could be an easy way to get there. In what little research I've done, it seems like Australia has a much higher cost of living than where I live now.
So, I'm wondering if some Aussie devs could tell me about how much they make (if you don't mind), and what it buys them (and in what city). For example, do you have room mates? Do you live in the suburbs, or the city? What sort of amenities does your apartment have (central A/C? dishwasher? off-street parking? indoor parking?) Do you own a car, or use public transit? How often can you afford to go out to bars/sit-down restaurants/brothels? How much can you afford to travel internationally? Do you use the universal health care system, or do you have private supplemental insurance?
Also, knowing your job title / years of experience would help in my comparison.
Developer II / 5 years experience (excluding college summer/part time jobs)
USD$83,990 / year
Live alone, in the city, apartment has dishwasher, lots of kitchen counters, window/wall A/C, outdoor off-street parking
own a new car (4-cylinder compact)
Could go out to a sit down restaurant and/or bar once a week
Have private medical insurance through my job
Currently I am trying to meet my first savings goal of 3 months' expenses. But once I've done that (in about 3 months), I could probably have an apartment with central A/C and indoor parking, plus travel internationally once a year, and still have some money left over to put more into retirement or save for a down payment on a house/condo.
Your help would be much-appreciated! Thanks!