Post # 1
I think sometimes we all feel like we are worth more than we get paid. (I think everyone has said at some point–"They don’t pay me enough to do this!") When I really think about though–of course I’d like to make more money, but I really do think I get paid fairly. And I definitely could be doing worse.
Are you happy with how much you get paid in your job? Do you think you’re paid fairly?
(PS this isn’t an open venting session about not making enough money; let’s keep it friendly!)
Post # 3
I finished grad school in July 2007 (in molecular biology). I’m currently a post-doctoral fellow. As such I’m making approximately 60% of what I could make if I was working in industry (but am earning a fair amount as post-doc salaries go). I’m biding my time here, getting experience (and hopefully riding out the recession) until I can go get a real job. Then I should be making a salary that is commensurate with being in school for 20-some years straight!
Post # 4
I voted "other," because I’m currently getting my Ph.D. in English and am teaching as an adjunct while I do that. I’m paid very little, which sucks, but it’s just part of the process. If I ever manage to get a "real," full-time gig, I’ll at least get a semi-respectable salary (although not one commensurate with being in school for 20-something years straight, because I selected the notoriously non-lucrative field of English. Go figure.). 😉
Post # 5
I’m unemployed! Laid off at the beginning of the month. That said, I do get a pretty decent unemployment check, given that I don’t have to do any work at all.
Post # 6
I voted "not paid enough for what I’m worth". Dedication to my job has also recently given me a lovely case of bronchitis in fact! One more reason to give me a raise! Lol!
Post # 7
Women are, on average, still paid something like 75 cents on each dollar men make. Crazy, right? So, I voted for "I think Im paid fairly but would like more!"
Post # 8
I’m currently finishing grad school and don’t have a "grown-up job" right now. When I finish in May, I see myself ending up as the speech-language pathologist in a school (preferably for early childhood). The pay is just kind of so-so. I could make more if I worked in a medical setting (or probably any other setting really), but the idea of never having to go in to work on a weekend, having holidays and breaks off, and getting a summer vacation sounds so appealing. I know I can always supplement my income by working for a company as a contractor in the evenings, on weekends, or on breaks if money gets to be a real concern. After being in school and being poor for so long, really anything will seem great initially!
Post # 9
I’m with Rosy. I’m a fellow, so I get paid a fraction of my worth. If I was able to get a "real" job next year (which I can’t), I’d at least double my pay… The academic life is quite the racket!
Post # 10
I am very grateful for my income and I’ll admit sometimes I don’t feel worthy. I make more than the average person with my degree and experience. I’m constantly looking for ways to give back to humanity, hopefully it helps to be conscious of it and doing what I can.
Post # 11
I am currently a graduate student (molecular pharmacology) and work 40+ hours/week at least… I tend to think of myself as an indentured servant. But luckily I am graduating soon with a PhD and plan to dedicate my life to therapeutic medical advancement. Talk about delayed gratification!
Post # 12
It took a move across COUNTRY before I finally felt like I was paid fairly! I was short-changed at every job I held on the East Coast. And I’d go to performance review after performance review hearing how "commendable" and "impressive" the meager 1-2% pay increases were. It’s a totally different story for my industry (web design) on the West Coast, thank goodness!
Post # 13
I’m a teacher…so I think you can pretty much guess what I voted for.
Post # 14
I do have to say, I think that teaching (when it’s done right) and health/social services jobs are some of the toughest, that don’t always pay well. Lots of kudos and thanks to the people in those fields!
Post # 15
Thanks Latte…yes if you are actually in the classroom you are so grossly underpaid. It’s so weird how salaries are decided for certain jobs.
Post # 16
I get paid pretty well for engineering. Just as well as the men do! So I can’t really complain. I did bust my ass for 4 years, though, so I feel like it was a long time coming. Not that I wouldn’t LIKE more money…i can always find ways to put it to use =]. But all things considering, it’s a nice way to start off your early 20’s, then add grad school and your MBA and you’re doing pretty well. It’s nice to be in a field that most women don’t necessarily want to go into, because there are tons of opportunities. If you can get over the geeky stereotype