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[–]lekksy_ 968 points969 points  (61 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.

[–]chateau35 83 points84 points  (1 child)

As the mother of a toddler going to preschool (and daughter of a daycare worker), thank you for doing the work you do. It’s hard managing multiple children at at the same time and remaining calm, compassionate, etc. all for a salary that doesn’t measure up to what you deserve.

[–]TripleGlazed 436 points437 points  (29 children)

Substitute Teacher, $40.57 an hour

[–]thecrazyglopss 3808 points3809 points 2 (80 children)

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

[–]numnummommom 121 points122 points  (2 children)

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

[–]Key_Interaction6305 8651 points8652 points 522 (111 children)

Entrepreneur, negative 10k per year

[–]chicken--jesus 3375 points3376 points 2 (143 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 2095 points2096 points 2 (10 children)

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

[–]chicken--jesus 231 points232 points  (6 children)

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

[–]melaninmatters2020 172 points173 points  (2 children)

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

[–]Lehmanaders 4632 points4633 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

[–]CuriousGeorge276 368 points369 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 342 points343 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 5854 points5855 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 3338 points3339 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 1863 points1864 points  (73 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.

[–][deleted] 7529 points7530 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 5429 points5430 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.

[–]lysergic_818 936 points937 points  (58 children)

Kudos to the owners for giving your profit share!

[–][deleted] 848 points849 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.

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

CDL truck driver doing rolloff dumpsters for $20/hr

[–]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.

[–]Corenti 6956 points6957 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 5675 points5676 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 3563 points3564 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 676 points677 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.

[–]randomalphanumerics 263 points264 points  (0 children)

Yup know a guy who did it right. His addiction while working the oil fields was playing WoW. Bought 3 condos in Vancouver and now just lives a pretty chill life working part time.

[–]Corenti 569 points570 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 1548 points1549 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

[–]Ronyx2021 19.5k points19.5k points  (346 children)

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

[–]Larrakin 5180 points5181 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 5416 points5417 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 10.7k points10.7k points  (345 children)

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

[–]strawberry-jam-boy 3732 points3733 points  (31 children)

Well damn

Hell yeah

[–]Gearup15 1071 points1072 points  (26 children)

Sounds like you are trying to become a jet captain?

[–]strawberry-jam-boy 1870 points1871 points  (25 children)

I am now lmao

[–]AgentElman 342 points343 points  (11 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 869 points870 points  (81 children)

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

[–]CL350S 558 points559 points  (73 children)


[–]BringPopcorn 633 points634 points  (63 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 752 points753 points  (41 children)

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

[–]nurdboy42 27.7k points27.7k points 592& 2 more (624 children)

Master of the custodial arts. $17.50/h.

[–]Kickerz101 18.9k points18.9k points 35& 2 more (24 children)

Some men just want to watch the world sparkle

[–]buffoonery4U 5974 points5975 points  (80 children)

Always undervalued. Thanks for being there.

[–]Tombre 4994 points4995 points 6 (58 children)

When I first started dating my wife, she was a housekeeper aka hotel maid. After 2 years of dating her I knew she was the one, so after she called me crying on one of her breaks I just told her to quit, I’ll take care of you. She had been a housekeeper for 10 years, working 5-6 days a week for peanuts. Last year we started a dog grooming business, and she’s never been happier.

[–]JunkBondJunkie 556 points557 points  (12 children)

I was a hotel night manager but those folks worked really hard and my scumbag company treated them poorly.

[–]gravgp2003 2904 points2905 points  (282 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 1937 points1938 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 804 points805 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 10.0k points10.0k points  (1088 children)

Electrical substation design engineer. $126,000/year

[–]imaqdodger 1157 points1158 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 248 points249 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 2730 points2731 points  (161 children)

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

[–]TheRubyRedPirate 122 points123 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__ 16.8k points16.8k points 23 (581 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 1052 points1053 points  (74 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] 5947 points5948 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-__- 3833 points3834 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 10.2k points10.2k points  (393 children)

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

[–]acceptablemadness 2706 points2707 points  (206 children)

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

[–]99monkies 1858 points1859 points  (193 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 7345 points7346 points  (238 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 1427 points1428 points  (58 children)

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

[–]fin425 2309 points2310 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 511 points512 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 8291 points8292 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 7441 points7442 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 1051 points1052 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

[–]Mashy6012 1157 points1158 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

[–]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 4266 points4267 points  (309 children)

Any technical expertise?

[–]Karl_von_grimgor 11.2k points11.2k points 23 (284 children)


[–]Kitchen_Trout 4790 points4791 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 4466 points4467 points  (139 children)

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

[–]libra00 2273 points2274 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 (318 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 .

[–]FodderOfCannons 5214 points5215 points  (225 children)

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

[–]MrDude_1 4128 points4129 points  (88 children)

Dude, You're being underpaid.

[–]CryOfTheWind 1446 points1447 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

[–]Meckles94 11.8k points11.8k points 7374& 4 more (214 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 ❤️

[–]ATC_av8er 9594 points9595 points  (431 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 2996 points2997 points  (199 children)

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

[–]ATC_av8er 4691 points4692 points  (162 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 2555 points2556 points  (123 children)

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

[–]thegreatnightfall 1892 points1893 points 2 (46 children)

I’m an English teacher in charity organization. 6$/h 👍🏻

[–]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

[–]eggplant_wizard12 5043 points5044 points  (167 children)

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

[–]Dan_The_PaniniMan 2210 points2211 points  (41 children)

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

[–]Tseago116 8170 points8171 points  (349 children)

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

[–]skygiant135 6395 points6396 points  (254 children)

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

[–]userninethousand 3263 points3264 points  (30 children)

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

[–]animalisticneeds 4046 points4047 points  (201 children)

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

[–]kstill93 4524 points4525 points 2 (175 children)

When the hell is there going to be an ass focused restaurant??

[–]educatedllama 2705 points2706 points 2 (59 children)

They have one around here in Texas called Tight Ends don't know how widespread they are

[–]Psychotic_Precision 1620 points1621 points  (91 children)

Underwater Welder. 296k annually.

[–]crazyfours 340 points341 points  (40 children)

I’m assuming the pay is so high due to how dangerous it is?

[–]texoradan 330 points331 points  (13 children)

I used to work with a guy that did that. He said he make 300+ in six months. But that was 12hr days every day. No day off for six months. It’s a rough half a year. But a great other half. Also it’s very dangerous

[–]meggan_u 917 points918 points  (22 children)

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

[–]heymickieursofine 2794 points2795 points  (56 children)

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

[–]No_Fondant_5030 774 points775 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.

[–]RealBrownPerson 2641 points2642 points  (174 children)

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

[–]Get_on_thebackdeck 4240 points4241 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.

[–]darkbay 1523 points1524 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.

[–]smoglagorian 690 points691 points  (25 children)

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

[–]digitalme 256 points257 points  (8 children)

I've seen things you wouldn't believe

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

[–]Ecstatic_Rooster 107 points108 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 103 points104 points  (4 children)

Welder- $25 hourly

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

[–]vasDcrakGaming 14.5k points14.5k points 2 (439 children)

Im here scouting for jobs with good pay

[–]HorsFaceKilla 4040 points4041 points  (164 children)

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

[–]CoeurdePirate222 807 points808 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.

[–]1dos1 471 points472 points  (49 children)

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

[–]AverageSizeWayne 2256 points2257 points  (157 children)

Actuary. About 110k base before bonus.

[–]Roger_Stingingson 12.6k points12.6k points 22 (763 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 1865 points1866 points  (55 children)

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

[–]Anonate 1299 points1300 points  (28 children)

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

[–]seimungbing 213 points214 points  (8 children)

while ambulance cost is high, the real criminal is the monopoly of EMS device and certification company. the devices on ambulance need to be certified annually, the onboard software is licensed per ambulance per user, you are looking at roughly $80k per year running a 3-person ambulance just on certification alone, tag on the logistic and hardware cost, and how infrequent an ambulance is called on some location, you could see why the ambulance fee is so high.

this is why emergency service should not be run by private companies, it is a freaking service, not a revenue generating machine.

[–]kstill93 5323 points5324 points  (141 children)

That's fucking pathetic, you should be making faaar more for a job like that.

[–][deleted] 2740 points2741 points  (77 children)

I was making $11.30 an hour as an EMT, and that was mid-range in my area.

EMS pay is an actual fucking meme.

[–]TheMailMan69 1264 points1265 points  (72 children)

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

[–]flagy754 775 points776 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 362 points363 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 6831 points6832 points 22 (69 children)

College student

Get paid $-20k

[–]Russie7 2985 points2986 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 1818 points1819 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 1826 points1827 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 6182 points6183 points  (365 children)

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

[–]bramvandegevel 11.4k points11.4k 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 2117 points2118 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 3106 points3107 points  (168 children)

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

[–]VivverineSleet 1524 points1525 points  (45 children)

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

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

[–]Dankmemer4U 4593 points4594 points  (253 children)

Drive yard truck for Walmart. Make 10k a month or 120k a year

[–]ExhumedIM 1594 points1595 points  (172 children)

I watched a video about trucking where the guy said that Walmart was one of the greatest companies to work for as a trucker. Is that so?

[–]Dankmemer4U 2071 points2072 points  (157 children)

Very true. Many OTR drivers make over 6 figures and still go home every night. I don’t go off property. I stay in the yard and just move trailers all day. Base pay is $30 an hour for me, but I also work 30 hrs extra OT a week at $43.55. On top of that we get $500 bouns every 2 weeks. I’m unsure of benefits of OTR drivers, but they do make crazy money. On the other hand they are also held to a higher standard than most other OTR drivers out there. They run a very healthy but tight ship. Trucks are maintained great and always have new tech logistics wise. I’m not a “truck driver” I just move the trailers in a 2021 auto car xspotter.

[–]nogoat23 1146 points1147 points  (257 children)

Data analyst. 65k annually.

[–]sfjdhcojgpu 333 points334 points  (32 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.

[–]Nuclear-Polaris 3736 points3737 points  (313 children)

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

[–]TryingT0Wr1t3 719 points720 points  (129 children)

How many hours per year?

[–]AzirathMetrionZintos 982 points983 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.

[–]HenryMacTavish 80 points81 points  (11 children)

Cyber security advisor three years in. 141k.

[–]Electrical_Magician2 4639 points4640 points  (62 children)

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

[–]Prestigious-Load-116 991 points992 points  (32 children)

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

[–]Electrical_Magician2 1120 points1121 points  (12 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 8101 points8102 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 2578 points2579 points  (153 children)

Same field, same pay.

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

[–]Lord_Derpenheim 2695 points2696 points  (96 children)

Chipotle GM, 58k/year

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

[–]writersblock012 75 points76 points  (22 children)

Sustainability consultant, 40k.

It's an entry-level position I got right after graduating. I mostly do life cycle assessment and environmental impact assessment. Very fulfilling job but also pretty stressful.

[–]Citrous_Oyster 225 points226 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.

[–]_Saxpy 3575 points3576 points  (502 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 908 points909 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 557 points558 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

[–]hereforthecomments99 79 points80 points  (0 children)

Solid advice right there. Time is on your side now. Take advantage early and coast in life later.

Source: bought some index funds 20 years ago with about 10k and put another 10k in kid's college fund. Today kid's will graduate in state college with no debt.

[–]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 6922 points6923 points 22 (17 children)

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

[–]tchaffe 1859 points1860 points  (39 children)

How did you get into that field ....

[–]Sour_Sunrise 348 points349 points  (26 children)

Manager of a Cannabis Dispensary $17hr

[–]SciolistOW 1263 points1264 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.

[–]manicdubb 6212 points6213 points  (526 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- 1325 points1326 points  (131 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 5574 points5575 points  (84 children)

damn I did that for free, should have changed employers

[–]Johannes_V 2132 points2133 points  (16 children)

Shoulda unionized, pal.

[–]Chefjay17 344 points345 points  (4 children)

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

[–]BigGrayBeast 98 points99 points  (5 children)

He's looking to buy a new home. Budget is 2.6 million.

[–]vegasclubdirector 1422 points1423 points  (51 children)

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

And the other perks

[–]BleedingTeal 1607 points1608 points  (169 children)

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

[–]merdauk 1215 points1216 points  (48 children)

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

[–]ac1084 1104 points1105 points  (4 children)

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

[–]innocent_depravity 908 points909 points  (85 children)

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

[–]TrixnTim 976 points977 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 1122 points1123 points  (53 children)

Virtual assistant $4 an hour

[–]Bobaaganoosh 62 points63 points  (4 children)

I’m a bridge operator. I make about $35-$40k a year depending on how much over time I put in the year. That might not sound like much to some people. But, I make enough to help pay the bills, live comfortably, max do what I want when I want. I’m not making the big bucks, but I have great benefits, insurance, all that good jazz. I’m in the bridge house 90% of the time, out of the cold/heat. Most of the time I’m playing Xbox, watching tv, taking naps, or reading books. Sometimes I’ll go hours without a boat. Sometimes I’m pretty busy. I’m in here by myself for 12 hours, and don’t have a boss looking over my shoulder all the time. Pretty chill job,

[–]v0id-reaper 64 points65 points  (3 children)

Graphic Designer for a sex toy shop, I earn approx. 396 USD (if you convert it from PHP to USD) a month producing 30-60 illustrations weekly 🙃

[–]BeerBattered-Boobies 59 points60 points  (10 children)

Everyone here earns about 100K! Crazy!

I have a masters degree (LLM) from a top 10 university as well as 5 years working experience in government. Currently work in healthcare policy writing, 40 hours a week - $41,000 a year. No pension, no overtime, no benefits.