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What was your starting salary (approx.)?

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

  1. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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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.

    I agree with this, but not sure how much potential upside there would be in this field. I guess if one distinguished one's self, there is always lobbying or something like that, but I would expect the number of highly-paid jobs in the political appointee sphere at the state level would be pretty limited? I may be wrong.
     
  2. Eason

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    Right out of college, 30k, and it wasn't nearly enough because I stupidly rented a place that was half my salary.
     
  3. Szeph el raton

    Szeph el raton Senior member

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    Studied Business & IT and started afterwards in 2008 (age 23) in 2nd Level IT-Support. 65k CHF, with todays exchange rate appr. 67k US$. Was more than I hoped for.
    But who cares how you start, 3 years down the line you're somewhere else. I've been promoted away into a different department and what I do is really different in daily business and also paid different. So I'd say take whatever you get as long as it pays your bills.
     
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    Out of grad school in 2009: 43K (Sociology major, so there was a similar lack of skills, but thank god for SPSS)
     
  5. chas

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    $31K in 2002 in NYC. It was a lean couple years but well worth it.
     
  6. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Senior member

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    20k in California in 2009. I have since gotten rich! Up to 23k now!!!!
     
  7. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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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.
    This is how I've always approached it. Politics tends to be the former. People always say "Just gotta pay your dues early on."
    I agree with this, but not sure how much potential upside there would be in this field. I guess if one distinguished one's self, there is always lobbying or something like that, but I would expect the number of highly-paid jobs in the political appointee sphere at the state level would be pretty limited? I may be wrong.
    Not in NY. The NY Legislature, plus the Executive branch, have thousands and thousands of appointee gigs. And then there are the lobbying, PR/communications, etc. jobs. If I had stayed in Ohio politics, I'd absolutely agree with your caveat.
     
  8. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Senior member

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    This is how I've always approached it. Politics tends to be the former. People always say "Just gotta pay your dues early on."
    People say that in every field. It's just to make you feel better about being worked like an asshole.
     
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  9. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    Stop shattering my world!
     
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    120ish, this year but oh boy do i have a lot of debt to go with that [​IMG]
     
  12. eglbc

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    college '08 first job- 55k
     
  13. pebblegrain

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    It's a public service job (not civil service; political appointee position). Benefits are extremely good, naturally, and salary is $33K. It would be in a fairly low COL place (Albany).

    I don't know anyone my age, in this field, who makes much more than that. So I think it's fairly standard, but it's not stellar.

    I may also get an offer that pays considerably more so we'll see.


    If it's the right position and will help you towards the next step, then it sounds fine.

    I would ask for them to raise the offer, and if they don't, take the original offer anyway.

    Just make sure you aren't still under $40k in 3 years.
     
  14. ektaylor

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    So much misery in this thread.
     
  15. whymakemedothis

    whymakemedothis Senior member

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    2006, 60k
    2010, 120k
    same company, texas, energy services, 9-5 office job
     
  16. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    dont know why these types of questions would be asked but...

    mine was about minimum wage.
    it still is today, but times have changed. min wage has increased since the early 90s.
     
  17. gort

    gort Senior member

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    2006, 60k
    2010, 120k
    same company, texas, energy services, 9-5 office job


    Doubling your salary in 4 years, impressive!
     
  18. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    First real, full-time job:

    $9,600 as a starting assistant professor (but this was in 1969).
     
  19. HomerJ

    HomerJ Senior member

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    One year as a paid intern between college and grad school, $25/hour, roughly equivalent to $50,000 [​IMG] First real job after grad school, $39,000 [​IMG]
    First real, full-time job: $9,600 as a starting assistant professor (but this was in 1969).
    So about $56,000 in today's dollars? I think it's about $70,000 these days (at tier 1).
     
  20. PITAronin

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    $12k - educational testing in 1971
     

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