This site compares cities to Berlin and countries to Germany based on living costs and market rates for Software Engineers, chosing the larger factor. In contrast to just using market rates, this results in better factors for high living cost locations that have a weak economy, like Spain.
It is not trying to tell you if and how to use this factor. See the country and city detail pages for a list of factors and sources used for a specific location.
Calculation follows the these rules:
- Calculate factors separately. From the most reliable ones, choose the largest factor (in dubio pro reo).
- Only compare values from the same sources (ie, never compare market rates from Glassdoor to those from Payscale).
- Only compare values of the same type (ie, never compare average salary to median salary).
- Prefer median over average. Ignore market rates beyond the 90th percentile and below the 10th percentile.
- If data for a city is missing, fall back to country data.
All factors are based on numbers from 2014 and 2015.
Since the factors are meant to reflect the economical situation, places like Hong Kong, Puerto Rico or the Palestinian Territory are treated as separate countries. This is not meant to convey any political opinion.
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Factor By Country
|1.00||Living Costs||31 locations|
|1.74||Market Rates||106 locations|
|1.30||Living Costs||23 locations|
Factor By City