(Closed) Less Pay vs. Job Happiness

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Less Pay vs. Job Happiness
    I would always choose the job with the highest pay. Money matters most. : (2 votes)
    6 %
    I would take the job with lower pay if it meant I could be happier overall. Happiness is important! : (30 votes)
    94 %
  • Post # 3
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think this depends on the situation. If I absolutely had to work and was the sole breadwinner for a family of 7, then I would rather take a miserable, high-paying job than be happier but then be stretched to make ends meet. On the other hand, if I didn’t really need to work or if my income was just for extra luxuries (e.g. extra vacations, date nights, etc.), then I would go with the happier, lower-paying job.

    Of course, it also depends on the disparity in pay. I mean, if it’s like $10-20k, it’s not a huge difference when you consider the cost of living in my area and possibly paying more in taxes because of a higher bracket. So if that’s the case, you might end up only make a few hundred more per month at a miserable place.

    So I didn’t vote. 🙂

    Post # 4
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If you can afford to take the job that pays less but makes you happy, I would always take that option. I would make $10-15k more a year working at a big multinational pharma company. I choose to make less and love my job at a smaller startup. I love my job. Wouldn’t change it!

    Post # 5
    14659 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Depends on the difference and what that does to my finances.

    Post # 6
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012


     I actually left a job that was paying me very well to get started in my chosen field. The pay is not much to live on, but I love the work.

    Post # 7
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    So long as we could be comfortable on the smaller salary. I make half what I could make but I have a stable job with fantastic benefits including lots of paid vacation time that I am able to enjoy.

    Post # 8
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I have had three long term jobs…. the first one sucked and was no $$$, second I loved but no $$$ … third one .. meh … but i made $15k more than ever before.  Less work more pay (federal job)  I have found that I have an enormous amount of tolerence.   I’m sure most of the people in my family don’t have jobs the “love” they LOVE their lives outside of work and do what you have to so you have a great not work life. 

    Post # 9
    76 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think about that a lot. I work 50-55 hours a week and am technically “on call” for any emergencies that may occur (although they are few are far between). I worked really hard to get where I am (from a salary perspective) but I often fantasize about better hours, more vacation, ability to work from home…just a better overall work/life balance.

    I’d take it in a heartbeat for 10-15% less pay.

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