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Old 08-14-2019, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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When I retired as a state police officer in 2009 I was making $41,000 a year. Most money I ever made.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm about $70k in a rural part of TN. Some of that is bonus and I wouldn't exactly rely on it.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:42 AM
 
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I made the most money as a night charge RN in a big psychiatric hospital. I had the same job (with several comings and goings) from age 28-64. I kept leaving and going back to school or leaving town, etc. Had I stayed right through, I'd have made a lot more. My highest with a lot of overtime was $147k near Boston.

Before the RN, when I was 25, I made $15k in public TV. The COL was so much more reasonable around Boston then. I could have bought a 3-family house but had no clue or interest. Rent was very reasonable. I was living better then on $15k (before the software industry happened).
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:16 PM
 
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I made the most money as a night charge RN in a big psychiatric hospital. I had the same job (with several comings and goings) from age 28-64. I kept leaving and going back to school or leaving town, etc. Had I stayed right through, I'd have made a lot more. My highest with a lot of overtime was $147k near Boston.

Before the RN, when I was 25, I made $15k in public TV. The COL was so much more reasonable around Boston then. I could have bought a 3-family house but had no clue or interest. Rent was very reasonable. I was living better then on $15k (before the software industry happened).
Boston, while not SF, is still a large enough tech hub for big companies to double already six-figure salaries with RSU grants. These are paid out annually and tied to stock performance. With the market doing well (or even staying flat) it is not uncommon for a single software engineer to make as much as a dual-degree, dual-professional household.

This, of course, is a problem for anyone NOT in that industry.
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:49 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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In my first job, the minimum wage was $1.25 an hour. That was in the 1970's.

One of my more "interesting" job was a summer job in High School. I was living in NYC then, that summer I got lazy so I just applied for a messenger job. Well, the messenger's office was on the 2nd floor of a XXX rated theater in Time Square. Time Square at that time was a well known "red light district". As a 17 year old, coming out of subway at 8 in the morning, the stench of beer on the street is enough to make you vomit. Then you see the 3X life size poster of XXX movies, it makes your head hurts. But going in & out of those fancy NYC office building looking at pretty secretaries had its own rewards.

The following year, I got smart and took a taxi license test and passed. I drove the yellow cab all day and make a 30% commission of what's on the meter + tips. But it was hot in the summer and the taxi has no AC. The next summer, I got even smarter and drove at night. That was an eye-opening experience. Passengers are in a better mood after work and the traffic are much lighter. I have many "first" experience as taxi driver, for example; the first time I saw a young man kissing a "boy" in the back of my taxi. This was in the 70's and the word "gay" is not well known then. Eventually, I learned different "gay district" like the upper east side (50th street & Lexington for "yuppy gays"), lower west side (SOHO for well-to do older gays), then the "blue oyster cult" biker gays by the westside highway, and west side loading docks (muscular men with skirt and hairy legs).

Many drunk passengers were more than happy to give me generous tips. I made $300 a week which is equivalent to an Engineer's annual salary then. By the end of summer, I've made enough for my college tuition and living expenses. It was a fun job.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Right, it's like someone saying "I get 300 miles out of a tank of gas!". Well, is that a 35 gallon tank in a truck or a 10 gallon tank in a Honda Fit. LOL
My Ford F-150 averages 20 miles in the city and 26 on the Freeway. Range is about 460 miles to the tank.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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The most dollars I have ever made is in my current job. I don't plan on leaving for at least the next 20 years. I work in Facilities management for a Healthcare organization. Joined the 6 figure club last year.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:05 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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My Ford F-150 averages 20 miles in the city and 26 on the Freeway. Range is about 460 miles to the tank.
That's a dang good gas mileage.

MY Chevy Silverado gets only about 15 miles combined city and freeway
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:07 PM
 
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When I retired as a state police officer in 2009 I was making $41,000 a year. Most money I ever made.
Did you have opportunities for overtime?
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:34 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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My Ford F-150 averages 20 miles in the city and 26 on the Freeway. Range is about 460 miles to the tank.
Mine (2017 5.0 V8) averages 15 city, 20 highway and has a 36 gallon tank, so on a road trip as much as 700 miles on a tank.
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