Post # 31
I graduated with a BS in Recreation & Parks Managent 10 years ago. September 11th happened a month after I graduated and the economy tanked. All of my dream interviews cancelled. My first job offer was for $24,500 with full benefits. I said thanks, but no thanks. I then took a job that paid $26,500 with full benefits. I didn’t even want to take that but I wasn’t going to do much better.
Post # 32
I am a nurse and I think I was around $56,000 my first year out of school. I rotated shfts and worked weekends, both have pay differential.
Post # 33
lol yea thats what we thought we’d do too. Live on my husband’s salary now (he makes more than I do. and has half the debt. not fair. lol), and bank mine or put it towards paying off debts….. kinda didn’t happen 🙂 We put 35% of my salary (after taxes) into my retirement account and our savings (husband’s retirement comes out before his paycheck but i have an IRA) and that is the best we can do for now.
ETA: Just for “fun” I decided to figure out what percentage of our salaries go to student loans. Turns out almost 20% of our after-tax income goes directly to the government for our loans. boo!
Post # 33
When I graduated I have my BA in Anthro/Environmental Studies, but thought I wanted to do law, so I worked for about $42k as a legal assistant/secretary right out of college. But I worked full time, went back to school and got my master in public policy and now make about $63k doing energy policy work.
Post # 34
I voted for myself alone as well because I wasn’t with DH at the time. But actually DH and I had the exact same job out of college (undergrad only) with the same starting salary, $42K. Although he got a cost of living increase since he was in NYC (I was in Philly). The COL increase was a separate item, not part of his base salary and amounted to about $200/month after taxes.
We’ve both more than doubled our starting salaries, I’m getting close to tripling it now, wahoo! I’m one decent raise away from officially tripling it, not including bonus.
ETA: We graduated in 2004. I know starting salaries in our industry have gone way up since then, to around $50K.
Post # 35
I’m a scientist. I made about $75,000 my first year out of grad school. My husband made about $95,000 his first year out of school in Healthcare IT. So, combined, we made around $170,000.
Post # 36
Right out of college (I graduated in 1998), I was making $45.5K. That was 13 years ago, so I was “making bank” compared to a lot of my classmates who graduated the same time as me. Especially since I live in the South where the cost of living is a LOT less than places like NY, and CA.
Post # 37
I work in IT. Fresh out of college I was making $50,000/year and fi was already working at that point making $45,000/year (also in IT). But since then fi left his old job for a job that pays $67,000. For the area, I believe our salaries are above average for having just gotten out of college (undergrad only – neither of us have plans to go to grad school in the forseable future).
Post # 38
Where in Pittsburgh are you hoping to live!?!?!?!?! Because I could point you in the direction of some amazing
2 bedrooms for less than $1,000 a month! Pittsburgh is known for having an obscenely low cost of living for a city setting!
Post # 39
ugh the things we do for our careers! Like I said, it is just my “ideal/dream” plan. I’m going to let myself live in happy world bc I think I would go crazy! LOL– My parents still think I’ll automitcally come out making over six figures JUST because I’ll have a JD attached to my name. Negative parentals. Negative. The world doesn’t work that way.
Post # 40
Shadyside 🙁 Everything we’ve found there has been RIDICULOUSLY expensive in one of those POS old apartment buildings, and everything halfway decent in our price range ends up being part of Lobos Management or JJ Land Co. We really want to rent from Franklin West but their prices are insane, but we have high standards haha. Where are those amazing 2brs for under $1000 though? At this point we’re looking to move pretty much anywhere other than where we are now.
Your salaries totally give me hope for the SO’s and mine going up when we graduate though (both undergrad as well, similar fields)…we’re both good at what we do and have a lot of outside experience aside from the classroom so I think we both deserve a lot more than what we make now. Here’s hoping!
Post # 42
I’m still finishing up the degree (1 more year left), but newly graduated pharmacists on average make about $110K (national average). It’s probably closer to 100K where I live. Not to bad of a salary! However, I’ll have amost $200K in debt… so I’ll be paying that off for a long time. It takes 4 years of graduate level work to become a pharmacist (doctorate degree is required).
Post # 43
I have my BSN and took a full-time night shift position right out of nursing school. I made over $60,000 the first year. You need to consider that I worked nights (shift differential) and OT (that had a very generous incentive pay). Also, I was working at a large academic medical facility in Chicago that did not have the best hourly rate to start with…….so it all evened out with the OT and shift diff.
My husband is sort-of an oddball 🙂 He graduated with a BS in Pharmacy and went right into medical school. He worked part-time as a pharmacist thru med school and made around $50 or so an hour. Once he started residency, his pay dropped to about $5 per hour considering all the hours he worked. He’s an attending now and making more that $5 hourly,but has MUCH more stress. I guess it’s all in how you look at it.
Post # 44
My first job out of college (database administrator) I was making $38K a year.