(Closed) For those of you who make more than $50k per year

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 77
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m a project engineer at a consulting firm.  I started out as an intern at 50k 6 years ago, but I live in California so that’s the normal internship salary.  It’s a tough job, but I love it.  I should have gone the pharmacist route like my sister but I didn’t have the luxury of the additional schooling.  I just worked right after my BS.  I’m working on my master in geotechnical engineering now and the company is paying for it..so I’ll likely get a pay boost later this year when I finish. =)

Post # 78
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Bumble Beekeeper

We both make more than that, and we’re both in fairly low paying fields, IMO. I work in nonprofit and he is in education. Right now we both have BAs and I make a few thousand more than him, annually. But when he finishes his MA this spring, and if the salary freeze lets up, he’ll be making more than me again soon. 🙂

We live in a very urban area though, so cost of living is much higher here than in most areas of the US.

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@PitBulLover: it’s hard to live on less than 50K here in DC! 🙂

Post # 79
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Before I quit my job to go back to school I was making significantly more than $50k.  I worked in digital media sales, and I’m going to be honest, I didn’t work all that hard.  It could be super stressful at times, but one big deal and I was set for the month. Overall though it wasn’t for me.  I hated the cutthroat sales environment. 

Now I’m finishing up my Master’s in International Education and looking at jobs that pay considerably less than I used to make, and it’s rather disheartening. 

Fiance works in digital sales/business development and makes much more than $50k. He also had a total career switch at 30 years old so it’s taken him awhile to “catch up” to others that have been in the industry for years.

Post # 80
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My fiance makes about $60K a year as an auditor.  He travels almost every single week of the year (he works at a bottom feeder firm here in Nevada) and his job is absolutely horrible and the workload is insane.  He got his Bachelors in Accounting and plans to take the CPA exam soon.  Apparently he’ll make more when he has his CPA license.  

Post # 81
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I make right around 100k, I am a financial journalist. I made 35k for years right out of school(bachelors from a solid state school) before moving to a very niche news service that can charge a v high price point for the coverage from banks, hedge funds and law firms. In general journalism does not pay well, but if you specialize and become something of an “expert” it can

Post # 82
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I started out making 35 base plus commision coming out of college with a BA (I also got 6k for just picking them).  After my first year I was heavily recruited and finally took a position with a base of 55k plus bonus(bonus came out to 24k).  I now make well into the six figure mark without counting all my benefits (car gas medical bonus).  My DH has a BS and also makes six figures.  In My Humble Opinion education does not equal money unless you work for the government.  In private industry its about performance.  I know times are super tough but just last week I had someone try and recruit.  It was not something I was interested in but its great to still be wanted.

Post # 83
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I reposted more thoughts

Post # 84
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Busy bee

I am going to be graduating law school soon and I wanted to chime in even though I am not sure what I will be making upon graduation. You have gotten a lot of responses from lawyers and mbas who are doing very well and this is encouraging news. However, please, please, please research job prospects in fields if you are even considering going back to school. While I am not one to discourage anyone from pursuing their dreams, I want to let you know that there are lots of law students at my “top” law school who are unemployed and who have no way of paying back their student debts. Similarly, I have friends at top 20 mba programs who are swamped with debt and who have no job prospects. I know that I will get slammed for postign this, and I know that this is not the response you were looking for in this thread. But I did want to warn you that more education does not always equal a better life or more money.

Post # 85
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Blushing bee

SO is a software engineer with a BS and makes twice that in a MCOL area. No travel. I’m a scientist and will hopefully earn $55k+ with my PhD when I graduate. No “real” experience. If I just started working with a BS 4years ago without grad school, the most I could hope for was $35k in a very HCOL. 

Post # 86
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Its great that you are looking and taking stock of your financial life.  Its a very important aspect of marriage and happiness.

 

I do not have any formal education.  I have gone to beauty college and then did hair for a few years and then I had a baby and my life took a turn…

Over the last 5 years I have worked in real estate and I have learned from the best of the best in my field.  I am currently earning around 250K in commissions.  Now I do not bring home that much when you factor in overhead and all the fees I pay out but in the end I make a decent amount of money for a 30 something. 

 

I am able to have my Fiance be a stay at home dad to our new baby and my 11 year old daughter as well as put him through law school  I refuse to have debt from school loans so its imperative for me to earn this money. However clients are demanding and so is real estate in general.  My time is rarely my own, I am “on call” 24 hours a day, If someone needs me they call and too bad if I am in the middle of dinner or a conversation or homework.  My family knows to stop and I will come back to where I left off.

  I encourage anyone with a dream to go for it.  If I can do it anyone can. 

Post # 87
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

A lot of Federal Govt jobs will pay over 50k if you have a bachelors. My Fiance and I both make about 60k each and we are both relatively new hires in entry level positions. Maybe try looking around USAJobs.gov if that is something you might be interested in. My job provided over a year of paid training to learn it. I think you can make more in private industry but I like my job because I have a GREAT work/life balance. Work schedule is very flexible and we have a gym and child care center at work. Not that I have any kids yet but these are all things to keep in mind for the future.

 

My last job was probably considered a “better” job than the one I have now but I was expected to work 10+ hour days about half the year when the workload peaked and even with that I could not keep up and was constantly stressed out on the weekend thinking about it.

 

I realized long ago that it is not just about how much you get paid but also if you have to work a ton of hours, if your job is very stressful, long commute, unstable, bad management, no room for advancement. So keep all that in mind as well!

Post # 88
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Both hubs and I have salaries in the low $50K range.

I have a bachelor’s in chemistry and have been working professionally for almost 6 years.  I started out around $30K out of school.  I work as an analytical chemist at a research company.

Hubs has a high school diploma.  He has been working as a mechanic since high school (over 10 years experience).  He started out as a lube tech at Jiffy Lube and now he is one of the top guys at his shop – he is right under the older guy with a bagillion years experience.  He has several certifications, including a smog license.  As a mechanic he makes more money for each certification earned, so he is always studying up for the next test or for a recert test.

Post # 89
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I make a good amount of money as an administrative assistant. The hours are completely unreasonable though. The shifts change every week, they expect access to you 24/7, and my first week I clocked nearly 100 hours. Not every employer could possibly be that way, though.

Post # 90
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@FireflyT: Really?  I tried applying for a bunch of jobs on that website last year and most of them required a masters for stuff that paid like $45K 🙁  I really want to work for the federal government!!

Post # 91
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We both do.

I have a BA in Criminology and work for the munical government doing auto crime prevention programming, manage the volunteers that execute those programs, and generally take care of a police station.  I work 8-4, Mon-Fri and make just over 50.  I’ve been at my “company” for almost 6 years.

DH is a federal police officer for the last 5 years, and has the same BA as me.  He makes a base salary of around 80 and usually around 100 with shift differentials and OT.  He works an average of 50 hours/week, and any hour of the day/night.

 

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