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Reddit employees will keep their coveted San Francisco salaries if they move to more affordable cities, bucking the trend of pay cuts for workers leaving Silicon Valley

  • Reddit said Tuesday that its employees will not take a pay cut if they decide to move to more affordable cities.
  • Many of Reddit’s Silicon Valley peers, including Facebook and Stripe, have said that workers will indeed take a salary cut if they leave Silicon Valley.
  • The pandemic has altered real estate in the tech region as corporate offices remain shuttered and many companies consider alternative, remote options even after offices reopen.
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Reddit will keep paying its employees their San Francisco salaries if they decide to leave the region for more affordable locales, the company said in a Tuesday blog post.

“To support employees to live where they want to and do their best work, we are eliminating geographic compensation zones in the US,” the company wrote. “It means that our US compensation will be tied to pay ranges of high-cost areas such as SF and NY, regardless of where employees live.” Reddit also said it will still work to reimagine office space for those who want to both work remotely and come into an office periodically.

Reddit did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

The San Francisco-based company appears to be the first of the region’s tech pool to offer such a benefit to its workers as the industry continues to embrace remote work. 

Read more: San Francisco Bay Area tech salaries revealed: Here are 21 of the region’s highest-paid jobs at companies like Netflix, Google, Apple, and Facebook.

Twitter and Square have told employees they can work remotely permanently, even after the pandemic, but has a policy to cut pay for those who leave the region. Google and Facebook have announced that their workforces will be working from home well into 2021. However, Facebook has said employees who choose to move away from the Bay Area will take a pay cut starting in January. And online payment processor Stripe similarly told its workers that they will take a 10% pay cut if they move away from the Bay Area, although the company did say it would pay them $20,000 as a one-time incentive to relocate.

An exodus from the pricey San Francisco Bay Area is nothing new, but the pandemic and a shift to remote work have accelerated an “urban flight” from the city since this summer. A June report from rental site Zumper showed that rents had plunged 9.2% year-over-year. And according to an October Realtor report, the median rent for a studio apartment in the city dropped over 30% from this time last year, signaling a decrease in demand for housing.

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