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Old 08-19-2019, 06:40 AM
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$20 an hour as RN in Dr office. No overtime. Retired in 2008 in my mid 50s.
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Old 08-19-2019, 06:52 AM
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My best year was either 2011 or 2012. Salary was about $130K but I'd bought "phantom stock" in the company 2 years before when it was at its low and part of the deal was that it had to be liquidated in 2 years. If you left before then you just got your money back plus a little interest- we had a lot of departures right after that distribution! Purchase price was $14/share and it went to something like $50. I wish I'd bought more but I ended up with a $50K gain. All taxable as ordinary income, of course.

I never made big bucks compare to others in my profession but living in a LCOL area and having a second husband who was truly a partner in the finances meant that it was enough.
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Old 08-19-2019, 07:32 AM
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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I'm 35 with an associates with lots of previous experience and I can't seem to ever get past $50,000/year. I've been doing this for seven years now and it's always been a bear finding a job that is worth while let alone having the luxury of getting regular raises, and bonuses. I think the last time I got a real raise was in 2008 when I topped the pay scale at $13 doing factory work. I love what I do but I have bills to pay, and I want to do something interesting with my life other than paying bills and working.
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Old 08-20-2019, 12:11 PM
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Looking at my Social Security statement, I had a $737,015 year. A $500k divorce settlement a couple of years later wiped that out, sadly. Inflation-adjusted, it took 20 years to get my net worth back to what it was then. Like usual, the "get married, stay married" rule for financial success is pretty important.
Unfortunately for many of our financial plans (no matter how solid they are) it takes two to say yes, but only takes one to say no. Someone can divorce you and you literally cannot do anything about it.
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Old 08-20-2019, 01:27 PM
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Topped out at about $150K in a tech position 12 years ago. Then my dept was eliminated and I was unemployed 18 months. Took a $60K pay cut at age 50. Now back up to about $110K. Set for early retirement, but likely stick to it for a few more years.
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