Google rolls out ‘pay calculator’ explaining work-from-home salary cuts

Google employees who choose to continue working from home will experience pay cuts dependent on location.

According to internal information obtained by Reuters, Google’s new pay calculator uses US Census Bureau metropolitan statistical areas (CBSAs) to determine new salaries for remote workers. For instance, workers residing outside of New York City, but working for Manhattan offices will see a 15 percent decrease in salary if they continue to work from home.

Those who live within the city and work for the same offices will not experience a salary cut if they do not return to the office. Evidently, the decrease in salary is parallel to commute time, or the lack thereof when working from home. This is consistent with pay cuts for Google workers in California, Seattle, and Massachusetts.

A Google spokesperson said, “Our compensation packages have always been determined by location, and we always pay at the top of the local market based on where an employee works from.”

Private companies have created and announced plans to continue remote working after the pandemic, resulting in decreased salaries which is not an unpopular idea. According to recent polls, two in three American workers would accept a pay cut if they can continue working remotely full-time. 



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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