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Old 01-25-2016, 02:19 PM   #41
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First SS wages (full time) were in 1962 right out of trade school.

1964 - 1968 were 4 years active duty in the U'S. Air Force with 2 of those with combat activity in a "foreign land". So I count all 4 a "working" (2 pretty hard mind you!).

The 4 years of collage where I screwed around with part time jobs so those really don't count as "working". (degree in 1973, then full time job)

Then off to the races until 1998 working full time and then starting my own business (Sub S Corp) until last year (2015).

Adding all this up I get 7 + 39 = 46 years.
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Not counting the part time jobs while in school and college, 22 years of full time work. In ER, I now work about 4 hours a month, for <10% of my annual expenditure, but it's barely worth counting.

So, in effect, 22 years of full-time before hanging up my hat. Wish it had been a bit more, so that my stash could have been bigger, but I do value all the free time.
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40 years for my husband and 34 for me. Total 74 years, not counting paid internships, part time work in college and summer jobs in high school.


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Started work part time at 14. Joined the military at 16 (reserves) and worked while going to school and in the summers. Graduated at 23. Retired at 60.
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Old 01-25-2016, 02:53 PM   #45
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According to my SS record it was 33 years. That doesn't count work-study during college and some cash jobs in my youth. Now that just has to pay for a 50 year retirement!
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Full time wasn't until 1972 but there were periods of full time over the summer months in HS and College. Part time during the school year. Before that it was mowing lawns, shoveling snow and the like when it was available. Taking out a few years while retired and then working again, 38 years full time work.
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40 years full time and 3 years as a consultant at 20 hours per week.
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The 4 years of collage where I screwed around with part time jobs
That's quite a commitment to crafting. I'm impressed
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I'm at 35 not counting some summers with 1 to go. DW had 18 (for pay) and is done.
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About 35 years. From 21 to 56
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If, as planned, I retire when I'm 62 I'll have worked 44 years.

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Does an 80 hour work week count the same as a 40?
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Does an 80 hour work week count the same as a 40?
Not IMHO. See my post #7.
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34 years. 6 years I worked 2 jobs. 12 years I worked part time.
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From 18 till 55 - 37 years, age 33 through 49 I had a lot of overtime due to constant emergency call in at night and weekends, about 55 - 60 hours per week (HVAC tech).
DW is still working from age 16 part time and from 18 full time. From age 31 till now she puts on average 65-70 hours per week (associate director in accounting).
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Not IMHO. See my post #7.
Then I amend my earlier comment to 142 years.
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That's quite a commitment to crafting. I'm impressed
As you can see, us engenieers can't sprell (or type) very weel!
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11 years part-time (summer and part-time jobs during HS, college and law school); 1 yr full time++ in between college and grad school; 22 yrs after that full time ..

So 100% full time 23 yrs; 34 if you count part-time. All are W-2 years for SS

Still doing a v small amount of paid consulting, so perhaps it still counts as part-time for 16 as well -- though I plan to put a stop to it by summer.
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76 years between DH and myself. This includes our high school jobs also. I gave up working at 50, DH was 57.
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