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Old 07-15-2021, 11:51 AM
 
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I bet this thread goes over most folks heads, but how low of a salary would you accept to work in a low stress slow paced position. One where everyday wasn't a fire drill and you actually liked your boss.

I understand we have all been brain washed to believe that the more more money we make the better off we are. But would you take a pay cut to move to a career that wasn't a daily battle of stress, backstabbing, rushing, and being dumped on?
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Old 07-15-2021, 11:58 AM
 
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usually low pay jobs end up being under the watchful eye of a grunt supervisor making it anything but low stress
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Old 07-15-2021, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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That number totally depends on where you live and other factors. $75k in the South is far different than $75k in NYC or the Silicon Valley. It also depends on the type of low-stress job. Government job with guaranteed pension, excellent healthcare at a low cost, generous vacation/sick leave or a standard corporate staffer job with middle-of-the-road benefits? Even at lower salaries with the benefits, Government jobs can often be the golden handcuffs as they can provide more security than a private sector job.

With that said, all jobs are a PITA. I've had good bosses, bad bosses, stressful and non-stressful jobs, road-warrior vs. cube dweller, public and private/corporate and Government. At the end of the day, it's all work. Any job with monumental stress and long hours that's outright miserable isn't worth it. The most amount of money for the least amount of BS would be the goal if you're a wage slave; otherwise, it's better to go out on your own. That's the only way to really make good money and have the stress make it worthwhile.
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Old 07-15-2021, 12:13 PM
 
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what you need is a mid salary in a company that has culture that values work/life balance. You may get 75% of top comp but if you can get a 9/80 schedule with every other friday off then you may be able to get the best of both worlds.
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Old 07-15-2021, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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what you need is a mid salary in a company that has culture that values work/life balance. You may get 75% of top comp but if you can get a 9/80 schedule with every other friday off then you may be able to get the best of both worlds.
^ This is also key. Flex-time is priceless, as well as a job that doesn't have mandatory expectations that you put in over 40 hours of facetime.
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Old 07-15-2021, 12:29 PM
 
Location: NNV
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I bet this thread goes over most folks heads, but how low of a salary would you accept to work in a low stress slow paced position. One where everyday wasn't a fire drill and you actually liked your boss.

I understand we have all been brain washed to believe that the more more money we make the better off we are. But would you take a pay cut to move to a career that wasn't a daily battle of stress, backstabbing, rushing, and being dumped on?
There's always stress in most jobs so your premise is pretty much a fallacy.

I've worked long term with some "low stress" employees.
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Old 07-15-2021, 12:32 PM
 
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No it isn't. Most jobs involve some kind of stress, so you might as well get a job that pays well.
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Old 07-15-2021, 12:39 PM
 
Location: IN>Germany>ND>OH>TX>CA>Currently NoVa and a Vacation Lake House in PA
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The more money I've made in my career the less stress I've had due to autonomy and skill. My current position is by far my highest paid position, and I have very little stress. I do have amazing work/life benefits working for the federal government though.
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Old 07-15-2021, 12:50 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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I have to say that the more I have made, the less stress, not only at work, but also at home. There are plenty of jobs where you can make decent money (100k+) and yet have a good work-life balance, low stress, backstabbing etc. In my current position as a manager my boss leaves me alone, I have a good, well trained staff, and enjoy what I do. Yes, I will sometimes have to "put out a fire" but it's not very often, and I can usually do it without working any extra hours.
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Old 07-15-2021, 01:13 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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The people who are in low paid jobs for life, that is their comfort level and they aren't interested in taking on any more stress. So I would say there are a heck of a lot of people who are willing to take a lower, minimum wage type of salary in exchange for not having to make decisions or take any responsibility.


I'm happy where I am so there is no reason for me to switch to a minimum wage job with no responsibility, which means I can't really answer your question, since your question doesn't make much sense to me.


If your job is a daily battle of stress, backstabbing, rushing, and being dumped on, it is possible to change to a similar job that pays the same sort of wage without the hostile working conditions. Although if your dream job is one that doesn't involve doing any work, you aren't going to find many jobs like that that pay a generous salary.
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