KravtZI don't want a massive pay cut honestly.
This was the deal breaker for me.
I know the salary is adjusted for the cost of living. Earning $50k a year in SLC will give you the same buying power as earning around $90k in NYC. The problem is that the cost of many goods that you regularly consume are not any cheaper, and unless you plan on settling down in a place with a low cost of living, it is a bad place to accumulate savings.
I was in back-office private equity, so it wasn't too rewarding, and I hate Utah, so there was no point in taking a pay cut to live in a place I don't like. But from what (little) I observed of the front-office guys, they were satisfied in a career sense, without all the yakked out hustle and bustle of NYC. It's a lot easier to take a quick drive to the mountains to blow off some steam.