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Old 01-25-2016, 06:54 PM   #61
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I first paid social security in 1975 and have paid every year since. Full time job has been 32 years and counting (8 years after undergrad, 3 yrs of summer only employment during law school, and 24 years since). The young wife has worked full time for about 28 years, since grad school. I think we have about 3 more years to go.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:11 PM   #62
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Started selling greeting cards door-to-door as a little kid to earn enough to buy a bike. Then paper route until I could get a W-2 job in high school. Probably will end up with 50 or so years worked.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:27 PM   #63
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:43 PM   #64
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14 years of full time work after far too many years in grad school. Retired 2013.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:05 PM   #65
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Summer jobs from 13 to 21 1/2 and full time from then until 56. So 35 full and 8 part time.


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Old 01-25-2016, 09:09 PM   #66
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As you can see, us engenieers can't sprell (or type) very weel!
My grammar is quite good, which probably explains why I graduated with an electronics degree and promptly embarked on a career as a DJ! (I realized partway through my course that I wasn't cut out to be an engineer).
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:16 PM   #67
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First W-2 wages in 1976. So 40 years. Graduated college in 1986 so about 30 years in my profession - accounting. Very much getting to think that's about enough. It's been a good ride. Time for a different life while there's still time (hopefully) to enjoy it.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:23 PM   #68
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Joined the Army in July, 1983 at age 18 and took off the Army uniform in June, 2013, 30 years later at age 48. DW and I have been enjoying retirement ever since, despite the consternation of our friends who insist that I will "have" to go back to work someday soon ("don't you get bored, what do you do all day, how can you pay for this or surely you are going to run out of money soon?!"). I just smile and do the happy dance inside my head.

DW was the stay-at-home commander in chief of our household throughout our time in the military, so she retired as a military spouse the same day that I retired.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:33 PM   #69
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:15 PM   #70
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PhD. until age 24. Started paid work at 25 and clocked out at age 52....so that makes 27 years of salaried toil.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:26 PM   #71
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For me, ~40 years full time. Before that, maybe 5 years part time (20 to 30 hours a week). (always had a job since I was about 15 until I retired.)
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Old 01-26-2016, 08:50 AM   #72
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:46 AM   #73
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First SS wages in 1974 at age 15. Ten years of part-time while in school, and then 32 years full-time after that. Last year of SS wages..... 2016!
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Does an 80 hour work week count the same as a 40?
I sure hope so. Otherwise the math would be too hard! I had a few 18x10 weeks in the formative (read naive) years! But it did make me appreciate time spent with family and friends later. In one job, I assumed the roles of 5 people for one year!
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:14 AM   #76
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Old 01-26-2016, 02:09 PM   #77
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19 years according to SSA. I am not RE yet and am only 34yrs old though. Been unemployed a few times during that stretch, never longer than four months though.

My career didn't really start until about 8.5yrs ago. And I didn't actually start making a career salary until this year IMHO. Finally six figures after 19 years in the workforce.

If someone told me it would take that long, I might have quit trying. Been dreaming of ER for 8years now ever since I got the first taste of a 401k.

Sure glad I didn't. I believe I only have 14 more years of working fulltime left, so I've passed the half-way point.


If I take out vacation time and holidays it probably comes out to around 36,000 hrs of work over the past 20yrs or so or actually 4.8years of work over that period. What the heck have I been doing with all my time?
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Old 01-26-2016, 02:12 PM   #78
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39 years, 2 months, 3 days, and 5 hours. And 80% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
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Started full time summers when I was 15, and part-time during school for 8 years between those summer full time jobs. Been working as engineer for 29 years now. So depending on calculation methods, anywhere from 29-37 years. SS statements say 37 years of wages. 37 makes it seem longer, no wonder I want to get out!
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