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What was your starting salary (approx.)?

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

  1. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    Out of college $48k
     
  2. Christobevii3

    Christobevii3 Senior member

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    $33k 2008. Dont make much more but I live in Texas in a medium/small town so my rent/bills are $350 a month and its 8-5 low stress.
     
  3. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    55K in 1972, and that was huge money back then.

    But of course I was the Dean of Princeton Law School[​IMG]

    As to you, youngin. If the job is in the field that you want to stay in and can lead to greater things, I would say grab it.

    33K is not a whole lot but the COL in Albany must be real different than NYC. And if you carry the torch and become a corrupt NY state elected official one day, you know we would all be very proud of you.
     
  4. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    $33k 2008. Dont make much more but I live in Texas in a medium/small town so my rent/bills are $350 a month and its 8-5 low stress.

    Why do I live in NJ, seriously.

    This must be outskirts though, no? I'd imagine anything near Houston to be pretty expensive.
     
  5. MasterOfReality

    MasterOfReality Senior member

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    2001, mining engineering, $63k.

    For a new graduate now, that figure is now around $110k.
     
  6. Stazy

    Stazy Senior member

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    Stazy, what kind of industry are you in?

    I work for an oil & gas services company. I'm really lucky to get the job I did right out of school.
     
  7. thenanyu

    thenanyu Senior member

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    63k in 2008 as a software engineer out of college - took a lowball salary to get the foot in the door.
     
  8. nerdykarim

    nerdykarim Senior member

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    Mine was a bit under 40k during my year between undergrad and JD/MBA program. As a liberal arts student, I thought it was pretty generous since I didn't have any skills.
     
  9. 2balls

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    62k as a manufacturing engineer in 2010. I hate my job.
     
  10. GQgeek

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    63k in 2008 as a software engineer out of college - took a lowball salary to get the foot in the door.

    63 isnt' really lowball for a programmer unless you're some kind of star.. lots of coders well into careers only make that much...
     
  11. deadly7

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    63 isnt' really lowball for a programmer unless you're some kind of star.. lots of coders well into careers only make that much...

    I believe nanyu said he works for a wall street corp? For many of those places 63k is the lower end of their salaries.
     
  12. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    $21,000 a year teaching jr high in 1996.
     
  13. BP348

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    Joined the military right out of high school. In the next 7 years I made a total of $70K.
     
  14. tweedydon

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    $6k, 1995. But by 2000 it had risen to a princely $8.5k! [​IMG] No, I didn't miss out a number there.... Welcome to graduate school.
     
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  16. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    Mine was a bit under 40k during my year between undergrad and JD/MBA program. As a liberal arts student, I thought it was pretty generous since I didn't have any skills.
    [​IMG] That's how I feel.
     
  17. random-adam

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    As a liberal arts student, I thought it was pretty generous since I didn't have any skills.

    QFT. I got a foot in the door in '07 with a startup ($32k, customer support) and am quite pleased with my current pay, considering my degree says "Music Performance" on it.
     
  18. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    After law school in 2003 it was 32k, but quickly increased as I proved myself willing and able to defend child rapists and drug dealers.
     
  19. gladhands

    gladhands Senior member

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    42K in 2000 (based on my Army training, not my degree)
     
  20. Piobaire

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    Btw, Conne, I'd not worry about starting salary. I'd worry about possible upside and how long it takes to get there. I'd rather start in the 30s and end up with an SF approved income that start in the 60s and pretty much stay in the 60s or 70s. Quite a few jobs will get you out the gate with a respectable income but the upside is limited and takes time to arrive at.
     

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