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What was your starting salary (approx.)?

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

  1. Pale Male

    Pale Male Member

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    I ask: What's the Poverty Line where the job is?

    If salary less than PL, helps to have a kindly parent or two, or aunt/uncle...
     
  2. uNiCoRnPriNcEsSx

    uNiCoRnPriNcEsSx Senior member

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    Graduated recently, working through a temp agency, maybe interviewing for a firm that manages 1 tril.

    $18 an hour
     
  3. Texasmade

    Texasmade Senior member

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    2006 to work at a large accounting firm - $48k with $1.5k sign on bonus for my first year
     
  4. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    Hard to recall.

    2003 - 30 or 40k?
     
  5. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    Got hired in 2000 for $32,000/year in Finance. Ended up making closer to $40,000 because a lot of overtime was available and I took whatever they let me take.
     
  6. jesse10

    jesse10 Senior member

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    Public Accounting after graduation next year, set to make about $52,000.
     
  7. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    I haven't been drinking as much as I used to. But I guess I'll have to start seeking out those $1 or $2 happy hour beers. [​IMG]

    There's no negotiation. It's a public sector job so you just start at the same amount as everyone else.

    At the interview today, they told me two things that kind of impressed me. The benefits package is extremely comprehensive and worth about $15,000. Secondly, they only promote from within, so if I distinguish myself there should be opportunities to advance.


    You're young and won't use it. Doesn't that piss you off? Better start drinking again to make the most of it!
     
  8. otc

    otc Senior member

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    now that I have my final paycheck for the year...I actually know what my salary is. I get paid overtime so it was hard to tell how much I would make (a reasonable amount of OT is expected but the hours vary so it is nice to clock out at 35 hours on a slow period and get fat checks when you are raking in the billables).

    I met my personal goal to within a couple hundred bucks for how much I would make vs how much overtime I would put in. Still pretty clueless as to what the bonus will look like though...I hear it varies a lot and isn't based on any sort of set formula.
     
  9. xpress

    xpress Senior member

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    Just graduated

    50-65k (depending on commissions) in sales for a communications company.

    Luckily, the cost of living in my city is basically free. (Looking at brand new 2 story homes for ~150k)
     
  10. LeadSmall3BetAllIN

    LeadSmall3BetAllIN Well-Known Member

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    I'd say around 500-700k when I start a shop after i retire from poker and write a check to myself for some sinecure position.
     
  11. thromb

    thromb Senior member

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    finished grad school 2007 - starting 120k in houston.
     
  12. thenanyu

    thenanyu Senior member

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    finished grad school 2007 - starting 120k in houston.

    Nice work! Law?
     
  13. Johdus Fanfoozal

    Johdus Fanfoozal Senior member

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    A shade over $21,000 with no benefits for a four-day workweek at a major metropolitan newspaper that hired recent graduates and paid them peanuts to provide coverage of its suburban communities. This was 13 years ago and it was arguably the best job I ever had.
     
  14. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    im still making single digit hourly figures like the good old nineties. it's the same but just a little harder to get by on it these days . thats the only difference.

    maybe i already answered this thread. im not sure but who cares
     
  15. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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  16. OakCreekHitter

    OakCreekHitter Senior member

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    $500/week working 10 hour days 5 days a week
     
  17. Michigan Planner

    Michigan Planner Senior member

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    First real job out of college (and halfway through grad school) was about $40k in the public sector.
     
  18. 997CTSurg

    997CTSurg Senior member

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    Intern year: 31K for 120hour+ work weeks (no work hour requirement at that time)
    10 years later as a Chief Resident in Thoracic surgery 50K
    Starting salary as a Cardiac surgeon was 250k
    I figure I earned every penny the hard way.
     
  19. ennui

    ennui Senior member

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    51k, 1997, software engineer
     
  20. rjakapeanut

    rjakapeanut 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.

    LOL. good man. that's hilarious.

    no first salary yet =X
     

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