What do you consider to be a "well paying" ENTRY LEVEL job?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
4819 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you score $15/hr (30k salary) I consider that “good to start”.

Post # 4
8615 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

For right out of college, I think $40,000 and above would be considered well paying.  Especially today when most people are lucky to even find a job at all…

Post # 5
3537 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My entry level salary was $32,000.  However, the cost of living is quite lower here than in most places. I agree with PP, $30K is a good start. It also depends on your field and the demand for it where you live. FI’s entry level salary is $38K. He’s in programming, and I’m in science. 

Post # 6
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think 40K is well paid out of college.  I made 28K out of college at my first job.

Post # 7
2243 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

It really depends on the field.

Business (accounting/finance)  – 55-60K    Biology: 32-37K and everything in between.



Post # 8
2657 posts
Sugar bee

I graduated in the middle of the recession and my first job started at $33k with benefits.  I work at a start-up company, so our salaries tend to be on the lower side but have higher growth potential (right now, I’m making in the high 40’s at the same company).  I could cover all of my expenses with my starting salary, but I won’t deny that it was a little tighter than I would have preferred.  I think high 30’s or low 40’s would be a solid starting salary in my area, and that seems to be what my recent-graduate friends are getting out of college.

Post # 10
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

In the Midwest, where I’m from, $30k would be a great entry level salary.  In DC, where I live now, I’d say $40k.  The cost of living is so high!

Post # 11
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

It really depends on the field, but as a Mechanical Engineer, I consider 45-55k a good salary for an entry level position.

Post # 12
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m from the East Coast and my entry level position right out of college started at $35,000 with full benefits. I thought it was decent, not great, especially with the cost of living here, but I moved up really quickly.

Post # 13
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@QueenOfSerendip:  The average in my area is around $30,000 for an entry marcomm job. I was lucky and I scored a job paying $50,000 right out of university (I thought it was a fortune back then) and I’ve moved up from there. Once you “get in” and “get started,” it becomes so much easier to advance (at least that has been my experience).

Post # 14
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

It depends on the field AND where you live. $30k is an okay entry level salary here in general, but would be nothing somewhere with a higher cost of living.

Post # 15
13168 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It totally depends on your field.  DH and I both have engineering degrees (as do most of our friends) and a well paying entry level job after getting our B.S. degrees was at least $50K.  But clearly, that isn’t entry level for many fields.

Post # 16
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I like in a big city with high cost of living, and I thought $30,000 is a pretty typical entry level salary. With friends going back to school and switching careers though, I’ve noticed a lot of interning for free and salaries starting in the mid-$20k range. I think it’s because lots of people will move to the city and work for nothing quite happily. I’d consider $40k to paying well paying entry level position.

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