When PayScale calculates salary and compensation for a given position, we always include commuting in our numbers. That's because, in addition to providing you with new opportunities to try out your favorite cusswords, commuting is a significant cost -- one that can affect your take-home pay more than you think.
You've been offered a job that you're not sure about when suddenly the talk turns to salary -- and the employer is prepared to pay you a lot more than you ever imagined. As visions of a new car and luxurious vacations dance in your head, you quickly forget your initial reservations. A nice paycheck can certainly make up for a lot of faults, but it doesn't guarantee happiness.