Here's the situation: Job A: -Least amount of salary offered. -Moderate amount of stress. -Academic, which means you can later work for non-academic. Non-academics normally wouldn't be hired back into academia in this situation. -Real estate and standard of living in the area is rather cheap but since the salary is lower, it kinda evens out. -Excellent job stability. -Must do a good deal of research and write/publish papers. Job B: -Middle of the road as far as salary is offered. -Good signing bonus. -Non-academic. -Government job meaning excellent retirement pension, etc. -All the federal holidays are observed. -Same amount of stress as Job A. -Working here would mean you're permanently stuck in Washington DC. -Cost of living and real estate is higher here than Job A. -Excellent job stability. -Must do research and write/publish papers, but less than Job A. -Most vacation days. Job C: -Huge salary with excellent signing bonus. -High stress. -Cost of living and real estate is ridiculously high. -Least amount of job stability. -After working 3-4 years, you can request to be transferred to another city. -Least amount of vacation time. -Most amount of work hours. What would you go for? Is money the commanding factor or happiness? And by money, let's put it at: Job A: $60K with no signing bonus. Job B: $113K+$10K signing bonus. Job C: $150K+$25K signing bonus. So we're talking about a BIG difference in the money. So what would you choose and why?