The costs of living in the US depend on the geographic area in which you choose to reside. A large city such as New York, Chicago or Los Angeles has a high cost of living and a higher pay scale, although sometimes the pay scale is not sufficient to purchase a house for a few years. There are more job opportunities because of the larger population.
In the mid-sized, over-reaching southeastern cities like Charlotte and Atlanta we have an constant influx of new residents who like the affordable housing and wealth of jobs. The salary range would be approximately $35,000 to $75,000. Freelance work is plentiful but you would have a difficult time getting a permanent position unless you have exceptional skills in editing and compositing.
The greatest difficulty would be establishing yourself no matter which area you choose. Getting your name known as a freelance editor of exceptional skill would take some time. Once you are known for your creativity and skill you will be selecting the work you want to do and referring or turning away other work.
Having a friend or relative already living in your new city of choice would ease the process of getting established. Americans admire success and success comes from working hard, making yourself indispensable and starting back up immediately when failure tries to stop you. Good luck on your decision.
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