Taking a pay cut to be happier?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

$3400 a year sounds like a lot, but when you break it down it’s not that much.  Also, if your job will be easier, you could always get a part-time job to make up the difference.  Having had some horrible bosses, I can tell you that it’s absolutely worth it to take the pay cut to get away from them!!

Post # 4
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I know how that much money over the course of time seems to add up, but taking a lesser salary isn’t always moving backwards.  It sounds like the other opertunities this company offers outway the sallary issue.  If you can afford the pay cut, your happiness is more important than a number on a check.

Post # 5
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@YokoOhNo:  I once took a $20K pay cut and never looked back because my new job had much better hours, people, lifestyle, and health benefits. I’m so much happier right now. you are NOT going backwards, everything else you listed is going forwards. 


I think it is ABSOLUTELY worth it to leave that toxic company of yours! I’ve never encountered people that bad!

Post # 6
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@YokoOhNo:  I took a pay cut. Granted, I kind of had to leave my job since I got engaged and was moving, but I don’t regret it. I worked as a retail supervisor for 16 bucks an hour and took a pay cut down to 8 to be a part time teacher’s aid. I felt like a weight lifted off my shoulders because I had less responsibility, more room to grow (believe it or not), and I wasn’t treated like complete dog snot anymore. I hated retail.

I was able to move into full time and then move on completely to a job where I make substantially more than what I was at either job, so I couldn’t be happier.

My husband has had the opportunity to make almost 100K a year versus the 40+K he makes being a teacher, but he refuses to sacrifice what he loves and his happiness, so I guess, in our world, our happiness as long as we can still afford what we need is more important to us when it comes to out jobs.

Post # 7
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Take the new job!!!

I amazes me how some people live to make others miserable. I hope she gets a taste of her own medicine. Like what’s the point of being a bully? It doesn’t make the work get done better… it just breeds a hostile environment and gives you enemies. Argh!!


Post # 8
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I make half what I would make in the private sector by working for the State BUT my working environment is great and my work/life balance is awesome.  I really want to make more money but the ability to have a real life outside of work in my career field is worth way more than an increased salary.  I know way too many people in my field of work that wok late hours into the night and on the weekend while I go home by 5pm every day and enjoy quality time with my husband.

Post # 9
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

DH took a paycut to get out of a super toxic work environment (although in his case, workplace bully ended up getting fired after DH’s exit interview–they were unhappy to see him go). He now LOVES his new job, and even though it’s meant a bit of a tighter budget, he’s also had more time at home, and he’s happier when he is home. Totally worth it for us. 

Post # 10
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I guess it depends what % of your total salary 3400 is! If you are on 100k, that isn’t much. If you’re on 20k it might affect your lifestyle a bit.


My SO is currently doing an internship to get away from a horrible environment and persue the career he really wanted.


I would say if you can, then go for it! I’ve been 100% behind my SO, and help with bills, food etc. so he can afford to find a job that makes him happy. After all, you are there 5 days of the week, you might as well be happy there!

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