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What was your starting salary (approx.)?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Connemara, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. sns23

    sns23 Well-Known Member

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  2. Tailor Dan

    Tailor Dan Well-Known Member

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    Made back in 2002 a measly £15,000 ($24,000).

    Better then nothing though. I was an actor. Not very good one as that money was all bar work.



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  3. chogall

    chogall Well-Known Member

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    $65k, 2001, hardware engineer
     
  4. Arthur PE

    Arthur PE Well-Known Member

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    mid-1980's, after I got out of the Army
    100k + 2k/month living expenses, IRA, insurance, etc.
    another 20k depending on projects and OT

    I made 14-16k/year in the Army as a Lt
     
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    :wow:
     
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    Is it bad that I'm 12 years out of college and am still in training without a "real salary"? :crazy:
     
  7. brokencycle

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    Plus as the old cadence goes, they give me 100 and take back 99. ;)
     
  8. Arthur PE

    Arthur PE Well-Known Member

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    got an extra $55/month for jumping out of airplanes :D

    base bay 1100/month

    and as much slop as I could choke down
     
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  9. ShoeShopperJ

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    BA: I made $86,000 plus benefits (free two bedroom apartment, health, even a food stipend) a year straight out of undergrad and starting my MBA program.

    Finished MBA: many and varied job offers that I rejected. Worked for family's businesses at my own place. Never really found a good fit for me, went to law school, which was always my dream.

    During law school: varied (worked in accountiing, research assistant, and state's attorney's office).


    Right after law school: zero (0) income.
     
  10. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Well-Known Member

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    The fuck?
     
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  11. Aerostat

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    ~$40k / year installing hard wood floors (1996-2004)
    $10 / hour wiring houses for low voltage for 5 months. Then reached out for the sales job, got it, went to 35k base plus commission with bene's. (2004)
    $45 base plus commission with bene's working in sales at a datacenter (2007)
    None of your business - part owner of the datacenter, part owner of a webhosting company, part owner of a managed service provider (2012)

    You gotta pay your dues. Keep reaching out and you'll get the job and pay that you want, eventually.
     
  12. ExAngel

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    i couldn't get past the first 6 pages, but the result i ended up with is that being a coder for wall street is essentially the best job out there.
     
  13. otc

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    six dollars and fifty three cents
     
  14. chrisjr

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    Datacentres have become huge users of office space in TO....it's hella expensive to outfit the buildings to fit their needs & the space is scarce, so they're paying top dollar in rent.
     
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    To those of you with heavily bonus-weighted income...like having 20-30% or more of your income paid in discretionary bonuses (so not guaranteed things like a bonus if you meet your sales targets or complete XYZ task).

    How do you report your income as a whole? I know its best to not assume the bonus income for budgeting things like rent and other fixed expenses but what about for filling out some form or responding to a survey where you need to state a single number for income (like maybe you are applying for a loan or an apartment and the payments fit in your budget but they need an accurate income figure).

    Do you just report the base salary or do you factor in an estimated bonus? maybe try to come up with a bare minimum bonus?
     
  16. SirGrotius

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    40K plus bonus/commission (ended up ~55K the first twelve months), which was a minor miracle for me as a liberal arts grad in the early 2000s.
     
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  17. Birks and Grey Socks

    Birks and Grey Socks Well-Known Member

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    Started in 1997 with a BA - $28k, 40 hrs per week. Supporting a family.

    Now close to $200k, but I live in the great socialist republik of Canada, where they tax me like there's no tomorrow. Closer to 50 hrs per week

    As someone else mentioned, you gotta pay your dues. I remember living for the first couple of years stealing Toilet paper from public washrooms, one roll at a time, and buying the half rotten $1 bag o' assorted fruit from the supermarket. No cable, no internet. One of my bi-weekly paychecks didn't even cover the rent for my small 1 bedroom apartment.
     
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  18. Samuel Smith

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    40k - great benefits, matched 401k, great firm, VERY HAPPY.

    M.Arch from a very reputable and distinguished school in London, UK. B.Arch from less reputable school on East Coast US.
     
  19. thenanyu

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    I take it you read my comments - it was a good job. A good developer from SV has a good chance of massively increasing his take-home by working on Wall St. With Google expanding their operations in NYC, and Facebook opening offices there, plus the burgeoning tech startup scene out there, the numbers are only going to go up as competition for talent increases.

    I heard recently that GS is eliminating a lot of frontline positions, but those are not the jobs that you want anyways - what you want is the jobs in new product development with a quantitative analysis angle or a straight up quant job. As far as tech jobs go, quants and strats get *paid*
     
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  20. deepitm

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    15.5k/yr in 2006. It was actually minimum wage. It was a loan to myself. It's called a draw. I was working for a prop trading firm. It was horrible. No benefits. So I got paid 50% of what I made in trading profits after fees. And obviously you're not gonna make too much trading if you're new / don't know what you're doing / were a history major in college and didn't know what a Bid/Ask spread was. Fees were part fixed, part sliding, but the fixed part was 1500/mo. So I had to make 31k (2x 15.5) + 18k (1.5k x 12mos) + trade commissions (sliding depending on volume) = ~60000 in trading profits just to get my 15.5 k / yr. It was truly an awful year. And yet, it allowed me to get my foot in the door and 4 years later I was making over 200k / yr. So the risk paid off. And honestly, although miserable, I had times when I was much more miserable making waaaay more money.
     
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