Google employees based in the same office before the pandemic could see different changes in pay if they switch to working from home permanently, with long commuters hit harder, according to a company pay calculator that shows employees the effects of a move.
Some remote employees could experience pay cuts without changing their address. Screenshots of Google's internal salary calculator show that an employee living in Stamford, Conn. — an hour from New York City by train — would be paid 15% less if working from home, while a colleague from the same office living in New York City would see no cut from working from home. Screenshots showed 5% and 10% differences in the Seattle, Boston, and San Francisco areas.
Interviews with Google employees indicate pay cuts as high as 25% for remote work if they left San Francisco for an almost as expensive area of the state such as Lake Tahoe.
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