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Old Yesterday, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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Started my first W2 job at 16 and at 71 I am still working so that's 55 years and counting for me.
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Old Yesterday, 07:59 AM
 
Location: NC
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Reported to IRS? 46 yrs. But quite a few of those early years were too low to pay federal taxes.
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Old Yesterday, 08:14 AM
 
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Same here.

Started at 15 for a regular paycheck if some cash paid farm related work is not counted. Went to school full time while working full time . Forced out at 58, but have been doing contract work on and off since then. I am stopping that now. So I suppose 47 is a good number as well.
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Old Yesterday, 08:44 AM
 
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46 years
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Old Yesterday, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I started working for a paycheck, filing taxes and contributing into SS, when I was 15.

I retired on pension when I was 42.

So that is around 27 years.

I turned 60 this year, I have been retired for 18 years.
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Old Yesterday, 10:46 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I counted '40 hr equivalency', so... 99 yrs service by age 49 (when I pulled the plug)

Farmer (kid and adult)
Dairy Farm boarding School (Escaped by age 15)
Worked 3 jobs simultaneously during employment yrs

I've had enough of "work" (-ing for others)
Do lots of equivalent activities in retirement.. (volunteer and help neighbors / family with all kinds of work-related activities) Farm, Garden (and Glean commercially for hunger projects) build homes, invention projects, truck and equipment repair and rebuilding, harvest crews...

It is no longer work.
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Old Yesterday, 11:52 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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My first real job was at age 14, and I stayed there until college when I got a different job, stayed there thru graduate school, and have continued to work in 3 careers of 17, 16, and 10+ years since. Now at age 67 I have been working for 53 years, and plan to go another 3 before retiring.
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Old Yesterday, 12:30 PM
 
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48 years for me, seems longer.
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Old Yesterday, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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18 to 70, broken up by periods of college attendance for my undergrad degree and graduate degrees in computer science and clinical psychology. Plus a year and a half unemployed after the 2008 financial problems. Total of 45 years working in various full-time positions: government clerk, post office, a couple of universities, various high-tech positions including research, and a second career as a clinical counselor..
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Old Yesterday, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Real W-2 type jobs...from 16 until retirement at 51. No breaks in employment longer than 3 weeks. Babysitting for neighbors, etc, started at 14. Have supported myself 100% since age 18, the middle of my senior year, when I moved out to an apartment with a friend.
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