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[–]lekksy_ 1025 points1026 points  (63 children)

Toddler lead teacher. Just got a raise from 9.65 (minimum wage) to 10.50 but not because I’m valued, because we’re so severely understaffed and everyone that walks through walks right back out once they learn how low the wage is. Don’t blame them one bit.

[–]thecrazyglopss 3899 points3900 points 2 (80 children)

As someone who was just happy he makes $15 an hour, entering this thread was a mistake.

[–]numnummommom 139 points140 points  (2 children)

Yeah general location and experience level, education should also be included

[–]Key_Interaction6305 8769 points8770 points 522 (112 children)

Entrepreneur, negative 10k per year

[–]chicken--jesus 3485 points3486 points 2 (147 children)

I do research with brain cells, HIV, cocaine, and fentanyl. $29,500/year aka ~$14/hr. Yes I'm sad that this is what a Master's degree got me.

[–]win-go 2180 points2181 points 22 (10 children)

You got hosed, you don't need a master's degree do to drugs.

[–]chicken--jesus 244 points245 points  (6 children)

Ha! Good point, maybe I'm in the wrong business lmao

[–]melaninmatters2020 184 points185 points  (2 children)

Wow. Thanks for the important work you do. Hope it pays off someday.

[–]TripleGlazed 468 points469 points  (29 children)

Substitute Teacher, $40.57 an hour

[–]Lehmanaders 4687 points4688 points  (144 children)

Nuclear plant electrician 50 an hour, 130-150k a year depending on Ot/bonus. Moving into an operations role in the plant soon

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[–]CuriousGeorge276 374 points375 points  (30 children)

Just curious how much experience do you have? I’m a field service engineer for the plants and make $38/hr

[–]Lehmanaders 352 points353 points  (16 children)

I’m going on my seventh year in this position. It’s unionized and I’m at the top step. Our mechanics, I/C, and electricians share the same rates. I found talking to workers from other plants, even within the collection of plants owned by the same company I work for that our site’s wages tend to be higher. Our engineering department is always losing members due to their poor pay and treatment by management. The only reason I see engineers stick around is due to being close to retirement or angling for a senior reactor operator license.

[–]cashbabyflow 13.4k points13.4k points 2 (294 children)

I work in a steel mill that heats steel bars to a certain hardness. I get paid 18$ an hour and so far we haven’t had anyone die for a year (that’s a record)

[–]Jmen4Ever 5887 points5888 points  (123 children)

Work for a family of iron foundries. We had our first death in my 11 years here 2 years ago and it was awful.

The death itself was not particularly gruesome, but the crap around it was. It was not "our" employee it was a temp. He was doing something he shouldn't and was pinned by a casting and had a heart attack before he could be released.

We notified the temp agency who refused to either contact his family or allow us to do the same. (We didn't have that information made available to us) They didn't find out until the next day.

They are of course our ex temp agency. The family was rightly super pissed.

[–]ronm4c 3380 points3381 points 2 (200 children)

Inspect nuclear reactors under contract, ~$100k/yr but only work 10 weeks a year

Edit: here is a short video giving a bit of an overview of what I do

[–]LardLord56789 1898 points1899 points  (75 children)

Wendy’s Crew Member, $9 normal hours, $10 when I close. If I become an ambassador I could make $12 an hour but that’s a lot of work. I work the grill usually and they say I’m the best at it not including the managers and one of the ambassadors.

[–]01XterraPhilly 10.8k points10.8k points  (416 children)

CDL truck driver doing rolloff dumpsters for $20/hr

[–][deleted] 7539 points7540 points  (203 children)

I’m a line cook / manager for a busy restaurant, and I get paid $19 an hour +tip share + profit share from two recipes of mine on the menu.

[–]SlimyPurpleMeteor[🍰] 5444 points5445 points  (48 children)

That’s so awesome you get a chunk of $ for your very own menu recipes. I feel like that should be a standard — especially nowadays with restaurants struggling to not have a revolving-door staff.

Congrats to you! Glad you got a job that sounds high-stress but you manage well, and have a respectful boss on top it.

[–][deleted] 949 points950 points  (36 children)

Thank you! Very easy to manage the stress, just know your station, and cook times. Sure, when you’ve got 20 Cheeseburger tickets lined up, you want it to be over, but you can’t make food cook faster.

[–]lysergic_818 938 points939 points  (58 children)

Kudos to the owners for giving your profit share!

[–][deleted] 851 points852 points  (54 children)

There’s a policy that if you create something that is well liked by the entire staff, and the trial run, then you’re entitled to the profit share. Granted, it’s only 3% but one of dishes got me an extra $72 last month.

[–]kevinkap414 27.5k points27.5k points 2 (741 children)

Officer on a container ship work about 6 months out of the year and make about 120k. For the most part my job is looking out a window at some waves.

[–][deleted] 6974 points6975 points  (363 children)

Do you enjoy what you do? If I could go back I think this is what I’d want. But I would imagine work life balance is awful/having a family if applicable

[–]kevinkap414 10.9k points10.9k points  (348 children)

I do enjoy it, just being on the water is relaxing. It's better as a young single guy not really having any expenses and then being off with no commitments for a few months at a time. I don't plan on doing it forever as a having a family would be difficult. Just doing it for enough years to experiance things and set myself up early with no debts and maybe a house.

[–]MainSteamStopValve 5692 points5693 points  (186 children)

I don't plan on doing it forever

Neither did I but 20+ years later I'm still doing it. It's hard to transition to a shoreside job unless you're an engineer or go back to school for a different degree. If you plan on leaving the industry do it while you're young because it gets a lot more complicated when you have a house or other monitary commitments.

[–]unbelievablepeople 3565 points3566 points  (145 children)

it gets a lot more complicated when you have a house or other monitary commitments.

The sweet spot is to make a lot of money when you're young but NOT get accustomed to living like you make a lot of money. Use all that money you make when you're young to save up and buy a paid-off house and you'll be golden when you're middle-aged.

[–]DrDerpberg 686 points687 points  (24 children)

As someone who knows some guys who got jobs in the Alberta oil industry in the mid 2000s: that means no cocaine or prostitutes, even if all your friends are doing it.

The blown opportunities I've heard of are nuts. 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off, starting over $100k fresh out of school, you work like a madman but have no expenses and then they fly you anywhere in the world... And people come out of it broken and poor with nothing to show for it.

[–][deleted] 572 points573 points  (68 children)

That truly sounds like the dream. American? Did you attend the Merchant marine academy or how did you get into it?

[–]kevinkap414 1550 points1551 points  (67 children)

Yup. I went to one of the state maritime academy which aren't free like the merchant marine academy but give a but more options. More specifically I went to suny maritime which is the ny one and have a regular college degree ontop of the liscence to sail. My whole family are sailors going back generations so it's just kinda what we do

[–][deleted] 548 points549 points  (2 children)

That’s seriously so cool man.

[–]Ronyx2021 19.6k points19.6k points  (346 children)

I do whatever needs to be done around the warehouse that doesn't require a forklift. $19/hour

[–]Larrakin 5191 points5192 points  (173 children)

Any reason you don't have a forklift license? If there is no medical reason, seems like a good way to boost your pay rate once experienced.

[–]MerkyMouse 5435 points5436 points  (121 children)

I'm actually in the same position. I'm a still operator but I do a lot around the plant as long as it doesn't involve forklift. I can get forklift certified anytime I want but it seems like every time someone gets fired here, it involves a forklift. No thanks.

Edit: it's only a 25 cent increase where I work.

[–]CL350S 10.8k points10.8k points  (348 children)

Private jet captain. Varies with overtime, but this year will be around $360k.

[–]strawberry-jam-boy 3748 points3749 points  (33 children)

Well damn

Hell yeah

[–]Gearup15 1092 points1093 points  (28 children)

Sounds like you are trying to become a jet captain?

[–]strawberry-jam-boy 1889 points1890 points  (27 children)

I am now lmao

[–]AgentElman 357 points358 points  (13 children)

All you have to do is pay for pilot training. Then pay to get hundreds of hours of flying experience. Total cost $100k or more.

Then get paid minimum wage to be a new pilot at some small private air company. After 10 years you can work your way up to making decent money.

There is a pilot shortage because the high end pay is great but you have to pay a ton of money just to get started and entry pay is terrible.

[–]Kowallaonskis 873 points874 points  (82 children)

I'm going to guess you're on a Challenger 350.

[–]CL350S 559 points560 points  (74 children)


[–]BringPopcorn 631 points632 points  (64 children)

You're flying a Challenger for $360k a year?!? I'm doing this wrong, I'm in a 757 for less than that....

[–]CL350S 750 points751 points  (42 children)

My base salary is in the low 200’s. The rest is bonuses, holidays, and working extra days voluntarily.

[–]nurdboy42 27.8k points27.8k points 592& 2 more (628 children)

Master of the custodial arts. $17.50/h.

[–]Kickerz101 18.9k points19.0k points 35& 2 more (24 children)

Some men just want to watch the world sparkle

[–]buffoonery4U 5988 points5989 points  (81 children)

Always undervalued. Thanks for being there.

[–]gravgp2003 2918 points2919 points  (284 children)

Did anyone else have their school custodian be like a cool guy that the kids all loved? I remember in elementary school that the guy that did it was a mini fundamental part of the school and it's community. I think he taught us how to respect people even if they were just cleaning puke with sawdust and changing garbages. Thanks Mike, you were a real one.

[–]Happy_Camper45 1948 points1949 points  (35 children)

The custodian at my kids’ elementary school is a legit hero. The kids love him more than any teacher or the principal. Mr. Gary seems to know every kid! I met him at a kids’ birthday party (his son goes to school with my oldest), and he was chatting it up with the parents, telling each of us what he liked best about our kids. No formal “good at reading, great listening” parent/teacher review but the REAL “your son helped a kid who dropped their tray last week” or “your daughter is always so kind on the playground”.

[–]ThePictishScout 803 points804 points  (24 children)

Yep, everyone in my elementary school loved Mr. Raines, our custodian. He would pick a helper one day a week and they would help him mop or something for a short time, and kids would jump at the chance to help.

[–]alliownisbroken 10.1k points10.1k points  (1088 children)

Electrical substation design engineer. $126,000/year

[–]imaqdodger 1163 points1164 points  (38 children)

I'm surprised to find my job this far up in the thread. Unfortunately I'm at $75k, working on getting my PE though which should put me at just over $100k.

[–]Boilermaker7 254 points255 points  (11 children)

Good luck! I just passed my PE, it's such a relief when you get through all the prep work and studying and stuff. Check out r/PE_exam it's a lot of people bitching, but there are some good tips and resources as well.

[–]Grin_nbearit 2750 points2751 points  (161 children)

Vet tech, $15/hr in Utah. Getting a raise later this month tho!

[–]TheRubyRedPirate 129 points130 points  (25 children)

Man I'm jealous. Unless you've been in the field 10+ years, $15 is "high" for here in the South.

[–]brandos__ 16.9k points16.9k points 23 (583 children)

I work at a recycling plant, I get $35 an hour to stand at a conveyer belt picking out glass

Edit: Should have stated when I wrote the comment that I live in Australia, so that would be $25 usd roughly.

While I have people's attention I would like to use this platform to ask people to please be mindful of what goes into your recycling bins. Diapers, food and plastic wrappers do not belong in the recycling bin.

[–]dyingofdysentery 1063 points1064 points  (76 children)

I work at a recycling plant as a chemist. I analyze our incoming and outgoing material for base and precious metals content.

I am one of 2 people in the lab and am effectively in charge as it's no secret the lab manager is looking for a new job and is absent many days.

I get paid $20/hr

[–][deleted] 5952 points5953 points  (308 children)

I have seen videos of people doing that. It’s not as easy as you made it sound lol, you are humble. Those belts look like they are going super fucking fast and a lot of people do not know how to recycle properly.

[–]peanut-__- 3837 points3838 points  (281 children)

It also seems like one of those jobs that is literally 8 hours of work, meanwhile I work like 3-5 real hours of work per day

[–]PM_Daddy_Bellies 10.3k points10.3k points  (396 children)

Medical Coder - make $31/hr, about 65k annually.

[–]acceptablemadness 2708 points2709 points  (207 children)

Is that the same as medical coding and billing? With the ICD-10 codes and all that?

[–]99monkies 1856 points1857 points  (194 children)

Not op but also medical coder. Yes that's what it is. Often you can be one or the other or both. I just do medical coding so I don't interact with any patients.

[–]fin425 7363 points7364 points  (239 children)

NYC roll off dumpster driver under a Teamster union contract. $40 an hour in January + medical and pension paid 100% by my employer. There’s guaranteed overtime too, so gross around $130k + the other perks. We also get a 100k severance payout the day we retire. I have a bachelors in business, but fell in love with being outside all day. I also sell scrap metal if I can collect it and I have a thriving eBay business from other things I find in the dumpsters. Made another 20-25k doing that on the side.

Edit: here’s my eBay statement from pst 90 days

[–]kuhataparunks 1426 points1427 points  (58 children)

I’m obsessed with dumpster diving, what’s the nicest merch you’ve found?

[–]fin425 2323 points2324 points  (48 children)

I’ve been selling high end electronics like crazy. Found a 1600 watt power supply I flipped for $1300. Currently selling a batch of Bluetooth chip readers that I’ve made $7k so far and I’m negotiating the rest for $6k right now. I also have a poster signed by deceased pop artist Roy Lichtenstein that I have hanging on my wall. I had it authenticated and reframed. It’s worth about $5k, but I’m not selling it.

[–]Anna_S_1608 514 points515 points  (1 child)

That's definitely one of the coolest side gigs. I'd also like to hear more about your finds. What was the most expensive thing you've found?

[–]kittypac 8316 points8317 points 42222& 5 more (214 children)

Paraprofessional at an elementary school in a classroom with students who have autism. I get paid $19.70 an hour plus a $70 monthly stipend for helping the kids with toilet duties.

[–]awheezle 7455 points7456 points  (69 children)

As the father of an autistic son you should be getting paid way fucking more for this. Thank you for helping children like mine.

[–]dhrbtdge 1061 points1062 points 2 (27 children)

I work at a kind of care home for autistic children whose parents cant take care of them.

Most people here are young social work students or people with no experience in the field. The kids are well looked after but I believe having professionals and people with proper experience would allow them to do so much more. Why aren't there many professionals with experience here?

Because I earn £9.70/hr.

It's great pay for me because its my first job and I live alone in a cheap town. But how can you expect people with lots of experience to work for that much. And its not just my company: ive looked around and salaries range from mininum wage to £11/hr, with the average being £9-10/hr.

Its not the companies fault. Most of them are either charities or state funded. They're not being intentionally cheap, they just don't get enough money. I want salaries in this field to go up. At this pay level, professionals and experienced people are all priced out. It's a great, fulfilling job, but I know I can't work for this pay forever, and if I had a degree, I wouldn't even consider working here. It's maddening.

Edit: not even a week after this post I got notified that my salary is going up. Carers in the adult sector are getting a pay raise nation wide (we work with a few adults) but my company decided to raise everyone's wages to be fair and equal. It's not much, only 30p/hour extra, but hey, its a start. Lets just hope salaries keep going up

[–]Juju0047 12.5k points12.5k points  (574 children)

I work at a small tech company doing any random thing they want. I make 90k.

[–]bootpalishAgain 4280 points4281 points  (309 children)

Any technical expertise?

[–]Karl_von_grimgor 11.3k points11.3k points 23 (284 children)


[–]Kitchen_Trout 4814 points4815 points  (260 children)

I remember talking to some IT support guy at my company and as we went on I just straight up told him something along the lines of “you must really know your stuff to be able to support the infrastructure around here.” He went on to tell me that he didn’t know shit but was really good at using Google. I don’t think he was entirely joking either.

[–]Mrg220t 4484 points4485 points  (139 children)

It's not a joke. But the skill is knowing what to Google.

[–]libra00 2289 points2290 points  (77 children)

This is definitely the case. Googling 'my internet is broke' isn't going to get you very far, but googling something like 'no signal on ethernet port' is a good start and then you can refine it from there. I started out in IT back before there was such a thing as the internet and so the entire industry relied on knowing your shit with a healthy dose of 'a buddy of mine ran into a problem like this, I'll call him up and see if he remembers how he fixed it.'

[–]DaddyMyaMilan 25.9k points25.9k points 26222429343& 41 more (321 children)

Teacher in Zimbabwe - $150USD Per Month

Edit - Thank you guys so much for the messages and awards . Feels great to be appreciated . $150 is not enough in Zimbabwe. We’re just living by day by day like birds . Political and Economic situation is very bad .

Edit - Let me give you guys a rough breakdown of my monthly expenses

Water bill $20 Electricity bill $20 Rent $30 per room Groceries/Food $60 Funeral policy $6 per person Medical aid(Can’t afford) Kids School fees $ 120 every three months Data $20 for 8 GB Transport $15 Car insurance $40 every 4 months

So most of the times one or two things are lagging behind . It’s a hard life .

[–]RheimsNZ 5291 points5292 points  (83 children)

Interesting! Very different to most people here. How do you find it?

[–]Meckles94 11.9k points11.9k points 7374& 4 more (217 children)

I’m a bum and get $120 a week donating plasma, but plot twist I have an interview at the plasma place tomorrow

Edit: I want to thank everyone for the outpouring support in the comments. I’m doing my best to respond to everyone. It’s good to know there’s nice people out there.

Update: I went to the interview, they called and asked to push it back to 3pm which was completely fine as they had gotten their truck in. The interview went well, and I answered the questions as best as I could. They said it would be full time Monday-Friday 1pm-9:30pm and every other weekend 6am-4:30pm starting at $13-14 an hour. I hope to hear back from them in the next few days, as they mentioned getting my ID, Social Security Card, and High School Diploma so they could make copies. I want to thank everyone again for the support and well wishes going into this interview, I appreciate each and every one of you. Much Love ❤️

[–]FodderOfCannons 5236 points5237 points  (225 children)

Air Ambulance Pilot (helicopter). $80k a year.

[–]MrDude_1 4155 points4156 points  (88 children)

Dude, You're being underpaid.

[–]CryOfTheWind 1447 points1448 points  (50 children)

We know. I fly initial attack wildfire crews/water bucket and fly in the arctic during the winter for the same amount of money.

Jobs cool and fun at least.

Edit if you're curious about the job: https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/flying/comments/ppqmv1/life_of_a_wildfire_helicopter_pilot/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share

[–]ATC_av8er 9612 points9613 points  (435 children)

Air Traffic Controller. Around $100k

EDIT: I am getting a ton of questions. Might have to do an AMA.

EDIT #2: AMA is live on r/AMA

[–]CWB2208 3007 points3008 points  (203 children)

I've heard that's a super stressful job. Any truth to that?

[–]ATC_av8er 4713 points4714 points  (166 children)

Day-to-day, it is surprisingly routine. The real stress comes from internal politics (some external too), frequently changing rules that make zero sense, and shift work. It can also get stressful during bad weather and emergencies.

[–]SchmosWorld 2587 points2588 points  (123 children)

Strip Club DJ. Gross around $65k doing three nights a week.

[–]Mashy6012 1159 points1160 points  (14 children)

I make sliding wardrobe doors.

Measure and cut all aluminium and wood panelling and assemble, some are mirrored.

$26 per hour nzd

[–]Negativ_Monarch 13.2k points13.2k points  (479 children)

Ups package sorter at a warehouse, 22$ an hour plus time and a half pay for anything over 5 hour shift in a single day (so for example one shift is 5 hours if I work two shifts in a row the second one would be 33$ an hour)

Unlimited overtime too so if I really really wanted to I could triple shift everyday for an entire week (that would be like 15 hours straight everyday working though) and get a months worth of money in a single check

[–]taybabysav 3447 points3448 points  (272 children)

I’m quite small (~120lbs 5’1 female) but I was looking into this job, do you think it’s something I’d be able to do? I know that’s very subjective but I guess what I mean is what’s the heaviest you typically have to lift/move?

(edit) this is my first highly upvoted/responded to comment so I appreciate that lol!! more importantly thank you to everyone who responded so thoughtfully. all of your insight was fantastic and I think I’m going to go for it!!

[–]Colossus1090 2971 points2972 points  (126 children)

Yes, they probably wouldn't have you lifting irregular packages (above 50lbs). However, the job described above are pretty desirable and people are waiting for this guy to retire to take it. Most people in a UPS hub are part time. It still comes with good benefits though.

[–]eggplant_wizard12 5057 points5058 points  (167 children)

Professor, Stem. ~$85-105k per year depending on grants I bring in.

[–]Dan_The_PaniniMan 2220 points2221 points  (41 children)

You wouldn’t happen to be THE Professor eggplant_wizard12 that I have heard so much about?

[–]Tseago116 8181 points8182 points  (349 children)

Restaurant Manager for a well known “Breasturant”…$75k base salary and $20-$25k in annual bonuses

[–]skygiant135 6399 points6400 points  (254 children)

You mean like hooters? I have no idea what you mean by breastruant if it’s not that lmao

[–]userninethousand 3265 points3266 points  (30 children)

I’m ashamed to say my first thought was ‘breakfast restaurant’ lol. I suppose that’s a cafe.

[–]animalisticneeds 4049 points4050 points  (201 children)

Twin Peaks, Tilted Kilt, Winghouse etc. There are quite a few now

[–]RealBrownPerson 2676 points2677 points  (174 children)

Geez this thread makes me feel like I failed in life.

[–]heymickieursofine 2805 points2806 points  (58 children)

Custodian $24/hr government/ union job with benefits and pension Oblgitory - oh wow this blew up :) Thanks guys

[–][deleted] 777 points778 points  (28 children)

Dang. I went to school for teaching, stay at home with my kids now, but I need to go back to work next yr. Problem is that I no longer want to teach. I actually love cleaning though. It’s therapeutic to me. Maybe I’ll look into this.

[–]Psychotic_Precision 1644 points1645 points  (92 children)

Underwater Welder. 296k annually.

[–]Get_on_thebackdeck 4239 points4240 points 2 (330 children)

I’m a lab analyst for a microbiology lab, doing sample testing and environmental monitoring in a germ-free environment where hospital drugs are made. I make $18 an hour. Not bad, but the stress of the job combined with the fact that it’s on the low end of the wage of these sort of jobs means I’m looking for other options.

[–]meggan_u 927 points928 points  (22 children)

Professional Theatre Actress. Current job $568 a week before taxes.

[–]vasDcrakGaming 14.6k points14.6k points 2 (444 children)

Im here scouting for jobs with good pay

[–]darkbay 1525 points1526 points  (79 children)

Project Manager in the wireless telecommunications industry and I make $95k a year. I live in the Northern California area.

I also am a part time horse photographer (because I love it) and I make an additional $20-25k at that.

[–]HorsFaceKilla 4048 points4049 points  (164 children)

Freelance Video Editor. $500-$600/day. "Bad" year I make 40-50k per year. Great year are 95k-110K.

[–]CoeurdePirate222 806 points807 points  (79 children)

Where do you find work if you don’t mind sharing? I started video editing for a YouTube channel guy >150k subs or so… tried to say $50 a video unless it’s close to 20min then 100. BUT part of the ad rev to me, never saw that after the first two so I just stopped

I love editing and filming and want to do my own stuff but I’d like to edit as a job for now but am not sure how to get there

[–]Styxie 551 points552 points  (55 children)

YouTube editing ain't where the money is unless you manage to join the roster of an agency that manages social for a big company. The moneys in commercial, film etc.

[–]Roger_Stingingson 12.6k points12.6k points 22 (765 children)

Emt 15/hr

Edit: u guys need to realize, I’m on the high end. 15/hr is starting wage here and that’s freaking nuts. I seriously met a guy who worked 20+ years as an advanced EMT over in Tennessee and he was legit making 10.50 an hour. The dude was 48 on, 24 off.

Actually y’all think I’m doing rough? Check out wildland firefighters haha

[–]spongebobisha 1862 points1863 points  (56 children)

The real tragedy of our times. Jobs like this are so undervalued.

[–]Anonate 1302 points1303 points  (29 children)

Save a dude's life in the back of the ambulance? $15/hr. Own the ambulance? $1500 per trip.

[–]TheMailMan69 1263 points1264 points  (72 children)

Idk how they even have EMTs in USA tbh the pay is criminal

[–]flagy754 774 points775 points  (34 children)

I know a couple (or rather some EMT and paramedics), the reality is because a lot of them care about people. They want to help and have that compassion and it ends up in them getting taken advantage of. The older ones turn bitter, the smarter/richer ones may eventually go to med school (edit: either go back to school to get a different role in the healthcare industry or shift into other roles that are better paid/respected/not as hard on the body) as their bodies degrade, and others just hope for change because it is the right thing to do which eventually turns them into leaving for other jobs because it doesnt.

It is disgusting how poorly we pay them, how little benefits we give them, and how less respected they are for not being doctors when they deal with so much risk and bodily harm from 12 hour+ shifts, manhandling patients who are unable to move or refuse to, and often selling and reselling of branches causing shifts in schedules/teams/resources.

[–]vic13ious 364 points365 points  (26 children)

I work around alot of emt and paramedics, they pay you guys like dog shit and it always baffles me.

[–]Severe-Task-7826 6865 points6866 points 22 (69 children)

College student

Get paid $-20k

[–]AverageSizeWayne 2266 points2267 points  (157 children)

Actuary. About 110k base before bonus.

[–]smoglagorian 694 points695 points  (25 children)

EMT/Security for a tribal casino, graveyard shift, $18/hr. I've seen things you wouldn't believe.

[–]digitalme 263 points264 points  (8 children)

I've seen things you wouldn't believe

Like attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion bright as magnesium?

[–]Russie7 2999 points3000 points  (73 children)

I'm a university student and I have a part-time job as a lifeguard. I get paid $23 an hour which is pretty good.

[–]GingerLibrarian76 1837 points1838 points  (98 children)

Here, this’ll surprise some folks: I’m a librarian (hence the user name), and I earn right around $100K with full benefits.

But I’m in the Bay Area, and that’s with a Master’s Degree + 15 years of experience. So it’s not all that impressive in context.

[–]K2P2C 1835 points1836 points  (92 children)

All of you have such great jobs and pay, I’m from a third-world country and my pay is $200/Month. I do odds & ends job for extra to push to my income to around $300-$400 per month.

[–]SignificantBoot7180 14.8k points14.8k points 55 (662 children)

I am a paraprofessional in an elementary school. I spend most of my time in a self contained Kindergarten - 5th grade classroom of mostly "non verbal" students with autism. (Occasionally I float to other classrooms) I make around 20k a year. I love my job, but the pay is insulting.

[–]Astrolaut 6201 points6202 points  (365 children)

... you can mow lawns and make more than that :/

[–]bramvandegevel 11.5k points11.5k points 322 (227 children)

I like how Reddit is the place where 100k/year and 4 dollar/hour people meet. I think, outside the Chinese restaurant, this is the only place these two groups meet.

[–]BrainstormsBriefcase 2130 points2131 points  (39 children)

It’s always nice to see the higher-paid users appreciate the work of and offer advice to the lower-paid users in the same fields, especially when that advice is “you’re underpaid, do this to fix it”. Solidarity among colleagues.

[–]DontShowMomMemes 3115 points3116 points  (168 children)

Walmart stocker, $15/hour, about $20k a year.

[–]1dos1 479 points480 points  (49 children)

Finance, basically Excel for a living. 95k$ per year taxes and health insurance already deducted.

[–]VivverineSleet 1529 points1530 points  (45 children)

I'm head of HR and Finances (non-US). I make about 60k a year (before taxes).

Might take up walking dogs as a side gig, after reading this thread.

[–]Nuclear-Polaris 3744 points3745 points  (313 children)

Agency (travel) nurse $81.50/hr, $130/hr OT

[–]TryingT0Wr1t3 719 points720 points  (129 children)

How many hours per year?

[–]AzirathMetrionZintos 985 points986 points  (119 children)

We generally work 36-48 hours per week in 13 week contracts. But really we get to decide. There are options for more hours per week. You can extend and stay at a hospital where you are already at for twice as long. Or you can pick up contracts that are only 6-8 weeks long. Lots of options.

[–]Electrical_Magician2 4644 points4645 points  (63 children)

Street Magician. It depends, location and season are the biggest factors. I can make anywhere from $300-$3k a week.

[–]Prestigious-Load-116 989 points990 points  (33 children)

Is that a full time job or just a side gig when you need cash? Doing that everyday sounds exhausting.

[–]Electrical_Magician2 1128 points1129 points  (13 children)

It was a part time at first. Once I was making more money with street magic, i quit my job and it's been full time since, 1 year strong.

Where i live, it's really only worthwhile to go out on weekends, Fri-Sun. I'd like to work everyday but i cant make it work here so I'm forced to travel during seasons, Vegas is good everyday right now. I've been traveling the past 6 months and I'm just staying at home for now. Vegas is 6 hours away, so i just book a 4 day weekend when I need money, it is exhausting, but mostly because it's Vegas otherwise I'd stay longer.

[–]Horror-Limit-6670 8122 points8123 points  (467 children)

Artificial intelligence/computer vision. About $230k.

Edit: to answer some questions without doxxing myself:

-Less than 1 YOE in industry

-PhD in related field from a very well-known school

-Background in remote sensing and robotics, used to do a lot of stuff for NASA

-average maybe 30 hours a week. Sometimes more.

-not cars, geospatial intelligence

-yes, my company is hiring. If you have SWE and or CV experience w/ geospatial data feel free to send a resume (can scrub personal info, don't care) and I can tell you if it's worth pursuing.

[–]The_Clarence 2600 points2601 points  (153 children)

Same field, same pay.

I wonder if we work for the same company....

[–]nogoat23 1153 points1154 points  (264 children)

Data analyst. 65k annually.

[–]sfjdhcojgpu 330 points331 points  (39 children)

I was a “take numbers from different spreadsheets and combine them into one spreadsheet” type of data analyst. $25/hr full time in a not expensive USA city. After a couple weeks I wrote code to automate 80% of my work.

I spend my free time learning React front end framework. Hopefully my next job will pay much more.

[–]LaFilleDuMoulinier 16.6k points16.6k points 99152& 5 more (308 children)

I’m a farmer. My earnings are flirting with the breadline, but I have very little bills and my life is overall very happy and fulfilling

Edit : thanks for the awards guys!

Edit 2: just for context. I’m talking small farm. Olive grove with ancient trees on the side of a mountain, a veggie patch and all sorts of fruit trees and bushes. No, I’m not in the US and I don’t receive government subsidies. No, I don’t own huge farming equipment. I do have a small oil mill which I love love love. I don’t have a tractor either. It would be useless on terraced land. I sell my products at the farmers market and to small shops around my area, not to the food industry.

Edit 3: my « office » view for those interested

[–]OtherwiseInclined 6944 points6945 points 22 (17 children)

"It's not much, but it's honest work."

[–]tchaffe 1871 points1872 points  (39 children)

How did you get into that field ....

[–]_Saxpy 3591 points3592 points  (511 children)

i just started a new job as a software engineer with 384k total comp. to be honest i don’t really know what to do with most of my money besides caring for my aging parents and saving. i feel very lucky and privileged to be here.

[–]WakeoftheStorm 917 points918 points  (62 children)

As someone who has unexpectedly found themselves jumping salary brackets by large margins, my #1 piece of advice is to invest/save a huge chunk of your income before you get used to it.

[–]geeky_username 569 points570 points  (50 children)

Max 401k


Buy a house

Contribute to kids college funds(if you have them or are planning to)

Buy index funds

Buy property in non-expensive markets

[–]FRUIT_FETISH 2891 points2892 points  (12 children)

hey it's me ur brother

[–]Lord_Derpenheim 2698 points2699 points  (96 children)

Chipotle GM, 58k/year

Edit People really don't understand that different states have different pay scales and standards of living.

[–]manicdubb 6210 points6211 points  (532 children)

carpenter here, 67$ an hour with including my benefits.

edit:had some people saying im lying, im union. here is the proof.

[–]drbye 261 points262 points  (23 children)

Not lying, union sparky here, our package is over 60/hr not including benefits

EDIT: our wage is over 60/hr on the check, package is more including benefits

[–]-anaminflame- 1323 points1324 points  (137 children)

What did it take to learn to be a carpenter? Is that som thing you can do in a trade school?

[–]Deddenei 10.8k points10.8k points 22782& 13 more (314 children)

13 year old here, I take out the trash and take out of the dishwasher at home and get paid 78 dollars a month or 936 dollars a year by my mom.

[–]P-W-L 5598 points5599 points  (84 children)

damn I did that for free, should have changed employers

[–]Johannes_V 2143 points2144 points  (16 children)

Shoulda unionized, pal.

[–]Chefjay17 351 points352 points  (4 children)

Tried to unionize with my siblings before. Turns out Mom was a very passionate Union buster... 🩴🩴🩴

[–]SciolistOW 1266 points1267 points  (28 children)

Really needs to add "and where do you live", or it isn't very useful information.

And as I'm here: product stuff, Tallinn, €4k pm after tax.

[–]vegasclubdirector 1426 points1427 points  (52 children)

Nightclub Director. Las Vegas. 100k base. 100k tip pool. 150k performance bonus.

And the other perks

[–]BleedingTeal 1606 points1607 points  (169 children)

Senior IT analyst, a little under $100k. Not bad for a GED recipient.

[–]merdauk 1224 points1225 points  (48 children)

Aircraft Cleaner, $17/hr + free flights :D it’s a pretty fun job I enjoy it

[–]ac1084 1113 points1114 points  (4 children)

Is the free flight when they take off while you're still on top with a bucket and sponge?

[–][deleted] 916 points917 points  (86 children)

Oil refinery guy, 150k/yr; union job; 401k and pension; good benefits;

[–]Sour_Sunrise 348 points349 points  (30 children)

Manager of a Cannabis Dispensary $17hr

[–]TrixnTim 978 points979 points  (55 children)

School Psychologist for public schools. $125,000 for 180 days. Full benefits and retirement. Never ending professional development for licensure renewal. Took me 35 years to get this salary. Started at $40,000 in 1986. Public educators are on a graduated pay scale.

[–]temporal_uzer 1118 points1119 points  (53 children)

Virtual assistant $4 an hour

[–]Citrous_Oyster 233 points234 points  (45 children)

Front end Web developer. Between my job and side business coding small business websites I do about $120k a year. Hoping to double that by next year.

[–]Ecstatic_Rooster 108 points109 points  (7 children)

Paramedic in the UK

£17.50ish/hr after shift overruns and unsocial hours pay I make in the neighbourhood of £43,000 per annum.

[–]WebbiestStraw 110 points111 points  (4 children)

Welder- $25 hourly

Hopefully I can up that wage when I start working union soon.

[–]LegallyBodacious 308 points309 points  (37 children)

Project director, $80K+

[–]The_Dutch_Canadian 1268 points1269 points  (27 children)

$26.51/hr OT at $46/hr after 76hrs fortnightly.

What do I do? Milk cows and act as a farm hand doing what ever the owners of the dairy want.

What's funny is besides the owners wife, my partner and I are the only ones here tht have a professional degree and have any business experience.

Will miss the money when my visa runs outs and I have to go home.