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I have a 1hr 45mins driving time for work is it worth it pay 30 an hr?

Asked by Raven1234 (8points) October 7th, 2014

Is it worth it to travel 100 mi. One way for a job at $30hr

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chyna's avatar

Only you can answer that for yourself. I look at it this way: if you are working 8 hours a day, and spend 3 and ½ hours driving, you are away from home 11 and a half hours a day minimum. If you get caught in traffic it could be significantly longer.
Depending on your situation, you could move closer to work or find work closer to your home.
Thirty dollars an hour is a good pay, but if you factor in how much the gas will cost you and wear and tear on your car, you might not really be making that much in the long run.

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LuckyGuy's avatar

How many hours are you working. Let’s say 8 hours at 30/hr = $240

The IRS estimates it costs 55 cents per mile if you include all vehicle expenses except tolls. At 200 miles per day is it costing you $110 for transportation.

That means you are actually getting paid 240–110 = 130 per day for working 8hrs + 3 hours driving = 130/11= $12 per hour.

Is the experience worth it to you? Are there chances for advancement? Will you eventually move to this area?

trailsillustrated's avatar

@LuckyGuy is so smart. I did it for years and I would say definitely not worth it.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Raven1234 Does the job offer benefits? Health insurance comes to almost $4.00 an hour for me. Plus life insurance, retirement, etc.

2davidc8's avatar

Great analysis, @LuckyGuy. I would like to add that the more miles you have to drive every day, the greater your chances of an accident. That would really put a “dent” into your wallet.
So, the major question, IMO, is “are there excellent opportunities for advancement?”, as @LuckyGuy said.

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jca's avatar

@LuckyGuy makes good points.

To me, anything more than a one hour ride to work is stressful. I think a one hour forty five minute commute would be too much to do daily and then back again. However, only you know how badly you need the job.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

While I agree with @LuckyGuy You need to look at the big picture. Will this job be a stepping stone to something greater? I personally have taken jobs with a lower salary because I knew I would get experience that would lead to better work later. What is your long-term plan and how would this job fit into that plan. Then ask yourself if the commute is worth it or not.

JLeslie's avatar

I would say if you have another option it isn’t worth it.

If you can move closer within a few months it might be worth it if the job is something you will really like.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I agree with the consensus. You’re in effect working 3 and a half extra hours a day in unpaid overtime, incurring huge gasoline bills, and driving your car into the ground. It might be worth it to find a local apartment or room to live in during the week, restricting the commute to the weekend. Only you can determine which matters most, your current address or 30 bucks an hour. If you can’t bear the thought of parting with your current residence, perhaps you could rent it out or sublet. But it’s urgent that you seek a remedy, because even worse than the huge number of hours being stolen from your life, you suffer the indignity of having to literally pay to support the insult.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I probably shoud have mentioned this in my firist post. but I figured that 15 minutes was a nice , normal commute and needed to be subtracted from the 1 hr 45 minutes time. During your commute you will no doubt be using your device (hands free of course! ) to take care of personal business. That left 1 hr 30 min each way as the “penalty” for taking the distant job.

It reminded me of a job I had that entailed periodically driving over 2 hours each way to get to the customer’s remote factory site. For about 6 months I had to do it 1 or 2 times per week. If I had to visit 2 days in a row my company paid for a hotel, and dinners, so I did not have to waste 4+ hours commuting.
Can you work out a deal like that where you compromise? If they will agree to pay for the hotel, you will agree to stay overnight in a low budget hotel 2 days per week, Mon and Wed, for example, to basically halve your commute – and increase your productivity. You will arrive at the office well rested and at peak performance.

jca's avatar

Or you could look into staying at a cheap hotel/motel on your own, if they say no or if you don’t want to ask. You might get a deal at the hotel, especially if it’s not a chain motel. They may let you do a Monday thru Friday, 4 nights in a row and it may save you on gas and car. Maybe look into that.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@jca That is a good point. Since the trip is costing $110 and taking 3 hours it would definitely be worth spending the night in a $36 hotel, with WiFi, every now and then. Even if it comes out of your pocket.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Good Points. If it had kitchen facilities of some type you could make some of your own meals. Eating out all the time isn’t cheap or healthy.

JLeslie's avatar

I had friends who lived over an hour from work and they rented an apartment 5 minutes from their job they could flop in during the week. The money kind of evened out between rent and what the gas and service on their car would be, and they didn’t have to do the commute every day. However, they were lucky that rents were reasonable, but it was a little difficult to live in the two places. I did it for about a year, we had a house and a condo, and we worried about our house when we were gone, and it just never felt very settled.

RocketGuy's avatar

I think you can deduct travel/housing expense on your 1040 if you live >25 miles from work.

jca's avatar

@RocketGuy: I don’t think that is true. Do you have a link to prove that?

2davidc8's avatar

@RocketGuy No, you can’t. Any leg of your trip that involves your residence as an end point is not deductible. So the part where you start out from your home is not deductible, and the last leg where you arrive at home is not, either.
But travel between jobs is deductible. Say you go from home to job site or client 1, then from there to job site or client 2, and finally from there to home, the trip between the job sites IS deductible, provided your employer did not pay for this expense.
I don’t have the IRS publication in front of me right now, but anyone wanting further info can PM me and I will look it up for you.

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