- 2 years ago
Alright, girls, I’m really confused in this situation. Hopefully some HR people can shed some light on whether or not I’m missing something?
So I recently started a new job that I really like! By recent, I mean that I’ve only been here for a week and a half. It’s an entry level role in my field (I graduate 1 year ago) and I agreed to a lower salary than what I was making at my previous job, simply because it seemed worth it for the really fun environment and work. When I discussed with HR and got my offer letter, it was agreed that I would make $38,000 a year. Again, that’s lower than what I was originally making, but I’m in a position where I could take the hit. All was good, so I signed the offer letter at $38,000.
I start work, things are great, people are great, I’m doing a job that’s way more in my field and up my ally. Well, we have a lot of our information (like benefits and such) on a software system online. My first day is when I start browsing around on it-as I needed to pick what kind of packages I wanted-and then I got to the compensation section. It says my rate is $18.27. I was very, very confused, simply because I know that when you total the 40 hours per week, for 1 year, that doesn’t equate to $38,000. It actually adds up to $35,078 on the dot. I did the math to figure out that, to be making the $38,000 I signed on for, I’d have to have a rate of somewhere around $19.80.
I just got my paycheck for the dates of 1/1/2018 to 1/7/2018. I started on the 4th of the month, so I only worked 2 days before the payment cycle ended. In that time, my paycheck totaled to $278.25 for the 15.23 hours that I worked for that ‘cycle’.
After I was deducted $26.14 for federal taxes, $4.03 for Medicare, and $17.25 for social security, the actual check came out to $230.83 and was direct-deposited into my back this morning.
I’m just really, really confused, because none of this makes sense for me. If I was paid the rate the equates to $38,000 a year (which would be about $19.80) then before those taxes were taken out, I should have been paid $300 or so.
I know everyone is going to say to talk to HR, but our HR women is, to be blunt, a bitch. She’s completely unapproachable, so I just wanted to see if I’m missing something obvious before I start asking questions. I’m fairly new in the workforce, so I wanted to ask you established ladies what I’m missing. Am I being taken advantage of?