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Old 12-20-2008, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Livingston, Montana
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What is considered "good/decent" money (or enough to survive on w/o having to live in a craphole apartment in a bad neighborhood)
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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$30.00 an hour or $60,000 a year?
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Old 12-26-2008, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Yep, $60k per year would be decent money and give you a good quality of life in Alaska, at the lower end. I believe the average income in Alaska is about $41k. You'd be able to make it on that without a lot of traveling, dining out, etc.
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Old 12-26-2008, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Livingston, Montana
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41K is that per person or a husband/wife team?

Before hubby got laid off between us were making 75K. We have since found that we can survive quite okay w/quite a bit less than that.

we are not materialistic or have to have the latest trend so not spending alot is along our lines LOL
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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41K is that per person or a husband/wife team?
Per person. There's quite a bit of wage info, among other things like cost of living at this site:
Workforce Info, Home, HOME
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Don't be mislead into believing that you will arrive in Alaska and land a job that pays $30-60K. Yes, it's possible, but mostly if you have already been offered the job before you arrive here. You can land a part-time job at a fast food joint, janitorial, and maybe as a dancer. However, most of the companies are not going to hire you full time right away since they would have to provide you (or at least offer you to buy) health insurance, etc. So, they hire you part-time and avoid going through the added expense to their budget, which means that you may be able to get around 30 hours per week, just below the 40-hour mark.

You can survive on $30K if you are single, but to make that you may have to make around $15.00 per hour. Lets look at something: you would have to make around $15.00 per hour x 40 hours per week, which would leave you a little over $24K after paying nearly $6,000 in Federal taxes.
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