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Old 01-25-2016, 11:23 AM   #21
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I like it, 37.5% goofing off to work ratio already. I hope I end up well over 100% I am still at 0%.
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Old 01-25-2016, 11:47 AM   #22
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25 years at Megacorp, averaging 50-55 hours per week. Probably around 65-70 hours/week if I factor in commuting, travel, and working email nights/weekends/holidays. So, in terms of wear and tear on the old body, it felt like 40+ years.

Prior to Megacorp, I worked full time during grad school and at least 30 hours per week during high school and undergrad, mostly in restaurants. SS has earnings records on me from 1977 through 2015, which is 39 years. But 2014 and 2015 were just from stock option exercises. I retired in 2013. So the real answer is 37.
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Old 01-25-2016, 11:57 AM   #23
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I worked 10 years before leaving to raise a family. In April it will be 10 years at my fun part-time job as a School Crossing Guard.

The 10 years before kids was a couple of different jobs. My 10 years as a Crossing Guard is the longest I've ever worked at one job.

DH had 4 years of summer jobs, then 5.5 years at one job and then 21 years at his last job before retiring = 30.5 total.
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Old 01-25-2016, 11:58 AM   #24
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40 yrs, but if you throw in jobs while in grade school which were continuous between the ages of 12-18, plus military service it would become 48 yrs.
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:01 PM   #25
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32 years on my SS statement.
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:02 PM   #26
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32 years on my SS statement.
my SS statement goes back to 1979...but that was lifeguarding, etc


lifeguard - best job I ever had
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:08 PM   #27
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4 years as a lab tech
31 years as an engineer

I also worked part-time during high school, college, and grad school and full-time every summer - a total period of about 10 years. Equivalent to 3 years full-time. So total is 35 to 38 years depending on how you calculate it. I'm ready for retirement!
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:25 PM   #28
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My first SS earnings were in 1970 and last in 2012.

I worked part-time for the family business in high school. Did not work my first semester in college, but worked from second semester through graduation... and about 20 hours a week during the school year from the end of my freshman year on.

After graduation I had about 6 weeks off and started my career in mid June 1977 and retired at the end of 2011 (but stayed on payroll for the first month of 2012) with no breaks in between other than vacation time and 2-3 weeks between jobs. I was 50-80% part-time from mid 2004 to the end of 2011.

So all-in-all roughly 37 years of work over a 42 year period.
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:29 PM   #29
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Not counting the high school and college jobs, I've been at this for 20 years since I graduated. Probably going to be at it for 10 more, which would make me 53 when I retire.
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My work started when I was swimming for the egg. Kicked those other guys' butts, too.
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:53 PM   #32
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I've been working around 15 years full time as a professional. My guess is that I will need to work another 5 more years before I can retire.
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Old 01-25-2016, 01:03 PM   #33
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27 years for me in April, when I retire at 49.
My wife worked for 7 years before our son was born.
= 34 years total


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Old 01-25-2016, 01:13 PM   #34
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I like it, 37.5% goofing off to work ratio already. I hope I end up well over 100% I am still at 0%.
I like it too.

April 2026 is my break-even date.
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But you are the egg! At least, 50% of you.
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Old 01-25-2016, 01:26 PM   #36
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Old 01-25-2016, 01:28 PM   #37
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Work or job? First part time job when I was 16, so Social Security payments for 27 years. However, growing up on a farm with 5 siblings, its hard to define "work" as I was working since 3rd grade, just not getting paid. You don't get an allowance and your chores are most people's full time jobs. You get a JOB so you can avoid chores Jobs are easy, they involved far less work than being home and helping on the farm.
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Old 01-25-2016, 01:31 PM   #38
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Old 01-25-2016, 01:33 PM   #39
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Started delivering newspapers in 1968 and will retire from my full-time career later this year. If you include all of that, then 48 years.

Earned enough working after school to pay FICA starting in 1973. If you include that, then 42 years.

Started working full-time in my career in 1979. If you include just that, then 37 years.
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Old 01-25-2016, 02:01 PM   #40
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33 Years continuous full time after graduating college at age 22.

College was 6 months at college, 6 months full time work over 4 years so really another 2 years full time.
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