(Closed) How much were you earning right out of college(/grad/law/med/whatever school)?

posted 9 years ago in Career
  • poll: What was your yearly pre-tax salary right out of college? If shared finances, vote on that too.

    Under $4,999

    $5,000 - $9,999

    $10,000 - $29,999

    $30,000 - $49,999

    $50,000 - $79,999

    $80,000 - $99,999

    $100,000 and above

    Other -- explain!

  • Post # 17
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    Bee Keeper

    I think it depends on your location and what year it was too. In 1993 I started out making $20./hr. and if still working would be at $44./hr, averaged a 27-35 hour week. I averaged between $30,000.-$50,000, but again, depended on how often I worked. Dental hygienist in NJ.

    Post # 18
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I started out making 35 base with bonus it was about 50 my first year.  My husbad started out making 65 out of college.  Interesting enough we both make well over six figures but now I make significantly more.

    Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think I was making just under 50,000 and Fiance was making just over 50,000 when we both started working right out of college, so I would say we were making about 100,000 combined. I was a programmer analyst, he was a software developer. It has been a little over 4 years now, we are both software developers now and both are making quite a bit more.

    Post # 20
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Right out of college it was less than 20k. I was an assistant director at a daycare (a job you needed a college degree for). Now about 3 years out I make 40k as a secretaty but I just got a raise on Monday, woot! I was at 33k. So basically I doubled my salary by quitting a job you needed a degree for and taking one that you did not :/ FH makes a little less than 40k right now as an admissions advisor.

    Post # 21
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    659 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    My first year out of law school, I barely made 50K…and also high in school debt. 🙁  Wish I went the corporate route. LOL! 🙂

    Post # 23
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    5669 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My first job out of college paid $45k. I got my bachelors degree in psychology. DH and I weren’t engaged when we graduated so that number is just for me. I did notice at least in my area that the suburbs surrouning Boston paid a lot more than working in Boston itself. I do know someone in the same field that got their first job in downtown Boston and made $15k less than I did. I’m not sure if this is the case in other states, but I thought it was interesting. Also while I was still in college I made $11 an hour so I def got an increase with having a degree.

    Post # 24
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    my first job out of school paid $45,000 and his paid $60,000.  I have a business degree and a job in my specialty and he is an engineer.  That said, we graduated back when the market was good. 

    Also, the region where you live is significant.  If you live in DC you’re going to get paid more for the same job than if you live in Chattanooga.

    Post # 25
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    6350 posts
    Bee Keeper

    with a BA in communications I made a whopping 26k a year as a tech writer.

    Post # 26
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    My first job out of college paid $55,000 a year.  I have a BS in engineering and work in Regulatory Affiars for a medical device company.  I’ve been here for almost two years and with small raises each year am at about $60,000 now.

    I voted for myself alone since DH and I didn’t live together immeadiately following graduation but he also has a BS in engineering and made $58,000 right out of college as a healthcare consultant.  He is also still in this position and makes in the low $60Ks now.

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    My first job out of school as a Librarian with a Master’s degree paid 24,500. Granted that was in 1997. I currently make 71,000 with 14 years experience. I work in a large private law firm. Salaries have been flat for three years, many folks laid off in the law world and librarians elsewhere not really doing great either.  It takes time, I hope my salary will be on the move again someday.

    Post # 28
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    Helper bee

    Well, I’m still in law school, so HOPEFULLY I’ll be making gazillions of dollars.  haha in reality, I’d *like* to be making $65,000+/year coming out of school (I plan on going the corporate route).

    Mr. LR made between $55,000-$60,000 his first year out with bonuses.  I can’t remember the exact amount.

    I’d personally LOVE to live on his income and part of mine.  Then put the rest of my income in savings.  That’s ideally though.  Porbably won’t happen

    Post # 29
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    Honey bee

    I graduated 6 years ago with a BS and started at about $35K. I took a lower salary to get my foot in the door at a very large company.

    Post # 30
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    1508 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Oops double post.

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