(Closed) Would you take a job that pays less than you make now?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: How much less would you be willing to accept?
    More than 50% less : (7 votes)
    8 %
    30 to 49% less : (1 votes)
    1 %
    20 to 29% less : (7 votes)
    8 %
    10 to 19% less : (19 votes)
    21 %
    less than 10% : (14 votes)
    16 %
    I would not take a job that payed less. : (41 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
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    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I took a $4,000 pay cut two years ago to get out of a similar situation and I don’t regret it at all – in my new position I’ve gotten two big raises and actually make $10k more than the job I left, plus I’m much happier! If you can afford it, do it 🙂

    Post # 4
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    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I wouldn’t & neither would fi. But we have a family to think about. The current job would have to be pretty horrible for either of us to leave & take a paycut. 

    Post # 5
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I definitely would to work in the field I want to work in. I’m not sure exactly how much, but basically if we had enough to live on with the new salary I’d take it. 

    Post # 6
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    4429 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @sarahblais:  i in a similar situation im soOoOo unhappy at my job but I’ve been there for ten years and i make great $$ but i feel its time to leave and the jobs im looking at wont pay as much not near but im going to leave as soon as i start school that will look better on my resume and hopefully land me a decent paying job but im so unhappy i don’t even care about the pay cut anymore i just go to get out of my currant job. i say do what makes you happy!

    Post # 7
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    903 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    The only reason I would take a pay cut is if I got an increase in benefits – my current job only gives me health insurance, and it would be super nice to have paid time off (I currently get NO sick leave, vacation time, paid holidays, maternity leave… nothin’).  But I still wouldn’t be able to take a major cut (less than 10%), because money is pretty tight as it is.

    Post # 8
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    619 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I wouldn’t – and I just spent 8 weeks unemployed looking for a job that paid the same as the contract I finished back in January.  I was looking, but if I was to take a similar job elsewhere I would have had to wear roughly a $12K pay cut, and I wasn’t willing to do it.  Also, we have been in some financial difficulty in recent years so I want to earn as much as I can to set us up for the future.

    I got lucky, and just got a permanent job with the organisation I contracted for, and don’t lose a cent.

    If your happiness absolutely depends on it, then you should consider it.  Sounds like your boss is really keen on keeping you and values you which is a good thing. If it was me I’d be trying to see if you could help your boss out with her organisational skills – she thinks highly of you so she should be open to any ideas your have. I know it’s not your job to do that, but it could benefit you both in the long run and you’d be happier.

    Post # 9
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    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I voted that I’d take a 50% cut. 

    I’m personally in a situation that I came out of school and entered into a company that potentially had the type of job that I wanted to end up with, but it was pretty competitive.  So, I started with an entry level position thinking I could move my way up… but somewhere along the line I kept getting offered promotions that were more and more divergent (administrative/management vs. analytic).  I’m currently a pretty well paid manager, but would likely have to take almost a 50% pay cut and go back to assisting in the analytic side to cross over at this point, but sometimes you have to step back to go forward again. 

    It would depend on a lot of factors, and I haven’t done it yet because we knew we were planning to start a family, and maternity leave pays 60% of one’s current salary for a year in my province, so it was just silly to turn “free” money into less for sitting at home taking care of a baby, but likely when I come back from leave I’ll look at making the jump.

    Post # 11
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    930 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I might have to settle for that, but I’m really hoping not.  Right now Fiance & I are LDR, and I’ll be moving to his city right before the wedding, so I have to find a new job.  

    But, I’m also finishing up a masters degree, so I should be making more with the new job.  But, if I don’t find anything, I might have to settle for something less.  FI is a PHD student, so I need to work, even if I’m not making much. Once he is done with school and we move again (job out look for him in this city is slim) I won’t be in as much of a stressed need to have a job right away, because starting salary in his field is pretty awesome looking.

    Post # 12
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    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I already take a pay cut by working for the state when I could make more in the private sector. Thankfully I also love my job 99% of the time. 

    Post # 14
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    663 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    The short answer: It depends.

    The long answer: I am a RN and work on an adult surgical floor. I want to be in pediatrics, if I was offered a job in that specialty I would take the pay cut in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t to go to another adult floor though. 

    Post # 15
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    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I have. To get out of retail and into the field I wanted to work in. I had to start at the bottom and took a paycut. It was totally worth it though, I hated retail and felt like I was stuck there.

    Post # 16
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    4429 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @sarahblais:  thats not living life maybe you should talk to her about the working late every night. my boss is a horror ; (

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