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Old 10-09-2009, 07:37 PM   #41
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I worked more than 40 hours a week as a short-order cook my junior year of high school. I made $1.60 an hour.
Isn't there a law against that? I thought high school kids could w*rk a max of 20-something hours a week while in school? In 1997 I was in a co-op program at school where I got to leave school a couple hours early every day to go to w*rk and I still wasn't allowed to w*rk a full 40 hours a week.
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:51 PM   #42
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3) What is the lowest paying job you've ever had?

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Old 10-09-2009, 08:19 PM   #43
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1) Paperboy from 1972 to 1975. I made approx 40 cents per customer per month (if I could successfully collect from them). I only had 35-50 customers, so it didn't pay well. But, I got tips. I also got $12 per month "hill credit" from the newspaper because my route was a mountainous mess. I wore out a lot of brake pads on the Schwinn Varsity. I also had a parallel weekly route for "throw away" papers that got delivered to every house--Mom and dad drove me on that, I threw the 1000 papers from the tailgate of the station wagon. That paid better than the daily bicycle route.

2) Worked in fast food in high school.

3) 2Lt in the USAF. In 1984 I earned $1143/mo plus $232 for housing and a bit more for flight pay. And I've never felt that rich since.
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:33 PM   #44
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Isn't there a law against that? I thought high school kids could w*rk a max of 20-something hours a week while in school? In 1997 I was in a co-op program at school where I got to leave school a couple hours early every day to go to w*rk and I still wasn't allowed to w*rk a full 40 hours a week.
There probably was a law against it, but who would report a violation? I worked Mon-Fri from 4 pm to 11 pm in a small pizza+subs diner and on Saturday from 4 pm to midnight. Often I was the only employee present, so I ran the whole restaurant.
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:45 PM   #45
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1) I had a few paper routes between ages 11-15. That was followed by McDonalds. I believe my starting pay at McDonalds was $2.35/hr.

2) Not counting summer jobs as an undergraduate and RA/TA positions as a graduate student, I was a "Research Specialist" at MIT beginning in 1985 (I was between an MS and PhD at different schools). The MIT position was software development and geophysical research. My starting pay was $25K/yr.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:24 PM   #46
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My first 40 hr/wk job paid me $2.42 per hour, 1965, age 16. Pounding spikes (literally) for the railroad. WE worked 12 hr/day, 6 days a week and could go to 16 hr if we wanted, I did. I lasted 7 weeks.

At 17, I took over the family farm and financed a farm rental that was my income. Made about $3500-4500 for the next few years.

My first "career" job was 1974. $8500/year as a Systems Programmer for IBM mainframes.
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Worked in family business stocking shelves after school from junior high on. After the Army, my first job was at a corner gas station in Phoenix paying $1.25 an hour. After two years, I got a part-time job unloading semi-trailers of packages at UPS in Phoenix for $3.75 an hour in 1975, then full time work for $5.12 an hour. I was rich. By end of '76 I had $10K saved and thought that I could retire when I saved $100K with 10% CDs and $10K of annual expenses. Hit some big potholes on that road, shown by retiring 30 years later.
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I worked on a cattle ranch in the high country of Montana for three summers during high school. $12/day the first summer, $16/day the second and third. Most of the work involved irrigating and putting up grass and alfalfa hay. I also got lunch each day. We're not talking soup and sandwiches here. The ranch owners wife made lunches that were more like feasts! The table was always full of fresh meat dishes and their garden produce. It was almost worth working just for the meals

The first job living on my own was laborer for a heating and air conditioning company. IIRC the pay was around $2.35/hour. The slave-driving tyrant guy who owned the company went through laborers like toilet paper and I bailed out after two miserable months. That turned out OK as my next job ended up being in my present field of work and led to a great career of 30+ years so far.
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I sold Cokes at Rice Stadium. If I remember correctly you bought a bucket of Coke and Seven-up $2.40 for 12 and sold them for $3. On a good day you could make $5 or more.
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The first job was a gasoline station pump jockey in 1967 at $1.25/hour. I worked two or three nights a week until 10:00 PM and most weekends. Three of us had small motorcycles like my 100cc Yamaha, paid for from the work income, and after work we went either riding the back roads or to Shakey's Pizza Parlor. No riding gear, no helmets. At that age you're invulnerable.

It was a thrill to have my own income but I can't say I spent it wisely. Mostly on wine, women and song.
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I mowed yards for $2.50 ea (acre-sized lots) in the mid-60s. Also "put up" hay for a farm down the road for a buck or two an hour + lunch.

First "real" job was pumping gas at a Sunoco station for $1.25/hr in 1971.

Other jobs:

disc jockey - $1.65/hr - 72, 73
can mfg - $4something/hr - 72, 73
janitor - UPS - $4/hr - 74
pizza cook - $2/hr - 75
auto parts mfg - $4-$6/hr - 76-79

Along with a few other short-term jobs for crappy pay, and some periods unemployment during the rust belt years...

Started at megaconglomocorp in 83 at $8.10/hr. Laid-off in 07 making $31/hr. Title: wafer bitch

Not making that much now...
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:11 AM   #52
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1) First job cook at More Burger in Austin TX - 1968 - $1.15/hr. I proudly deposited my first paycheck in the bank and it bounced!. My coworkers laughed at me - you did what with your check? Hell you just put it in the till and take your money out you dummy! Classy outfit that More Burger.

2) Right after MBA - Business manager for Large Engineering Construction firm $1250/mo 1976
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Old 10-10-2009, 03:08 PM   #53
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My first real job was as a lifeguard at the town swimming pool. I think it paid about $1.25 per hour back in 1971.

My first real grown up job was in 1980 as a computer programmer making $13,500 per year.
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2) What was your salary/pay (and year) for the first job you held that supported you independently?

3) What is the lowest paying job you've ever had?
1) Babysitter for neighbors across the street on weekdays/weekends, followed by a newspaper advertised "Mother's Helper" for 2 married professionals getting their Masters' degrees in the evenings after w*rk. He was a Chemist, she was an RN in the psychiatric field.
I would go over on weekdays after school and every Saturday for several hours. On weekdays I did laundry, put the pre-made casserole in the oven for their late coming-home dinner, watered plants, fed the cats, and did some light dusting. On Saturday, I helped Mr. & Mrs. clean the entire house and/or do yard stuff. After HS, this evolved into house-sitting solo for them every summer while they disappeared for 3 weeks vacation to NC plus cleaning the entire house solo. It was a great job! I can't remember how much they paid me, but I felt rich!

2) 1980 - Small engine mechanic immediately after college graduation. Recession was roaring and it was all I could get. I had already done this type w*rk during summers in college, so it was a no brainer to hire me.
I can't recall the pay rate.

3) Lowest? Hmmmmm...1979...I ran out of money until the next semester when financial aid checks arrived, so I w*rked 5 weeks on the semester break in a dingy dark book warehouse for minimum wage (?). It was a awful j*b and an awful place. New paperback book edges are like razors. Ouch!
I also handsewed a wooly liner inside some guy's motorcycle jacket. I advertised "custom sewing" on a campus bulletin board. He wanted to take me out for dinner besides paying my fee, but I passed.
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Worked at a Ford dealership in 1965. I was working as a mechanic and I was only 17. I think my I made about $75 a week which was a lot for me at that time. I left that job after 9 months and give college a try. Stayed one year and then got drafted. How lucky young people are today not being forced into the military. I think maybe they should bring back the draft.
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:15 PM   #57
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1) My 1st 'real' job was in 1973 when I was 16 working demolition at a defunct brick factory, along with 3 other guys. We tore the place down 'brick by brick' and had to clean all the old mortar off each brick. I made $2.10/hour, and they took back 10/hour to pay for work boots and safety gear. Plus we got 1 can of ice cold soda pop once per shift....Whoopee!!! We processed about 1 1/2 tons of fire bricks an hour....and the owner sold them for 50 each....the cheap b*st*rd!!!

(Prior to, and during that time, I worked for my Grandad in his welding shop and concrete business beginning at age 12, and continuing in one degree or another until he retired when I was about 22. The work was hard, the pay was lousy, the included lunches were great, and the boss was awesome!!!)

2) I went from "part-time" to "full-time" for the municipality in 1976, at $5.36/hour.....and ER'd from there 31 years later....at a much higher hourly wage!!!
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1. My first real job was as a lifeguard. I was 15. I cannot remember what they paid me -- $4.50/hour or something like that, whatever minimum wage in Oregon in the 1980s was.

2. First "supporting myself job" was as a research project coordinator at a major medical university. It paid the unreal sum of $27,000/year, triple what I'd ever made in a year before. I blew it all on a chic little apartment in a trendy district, plenty of clubbing, and books, books, books. For 18 months. Then the job began major suckage, and I ditched the apartment, clubbing and books, moved in with college friends, and saved $10K in 6 months so I could quit and go back to grad school.

Prior to this I cobbled together a living as an RA, a part-time research assistant at a university, and a columnist, page editor, copy editor and night editor for a daily newspaper. I made less than $8,000 a year but it paid the bills and let me get through my undergraduate degree. I was technically supporting myself (including scholarships) but in such a scrappy way that I think of the research project coordinator position as my first "real" job, though honestly I'd been working constantly since I was 15.
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My first job was in 1984 mowing lawns in my townhouse development. The townhouses had small 20'x20' backyards that were too large for the owners to mow by hand but too small for each owner to own a lawn mower. The pay was great for a teenager, something like $20/hour. We'd start out in the morning and be at home by dusk with $300+ in our pockets every weekend. The worst part was managing my "employee" who also happened to be my sister who considered the job beneath her because she was turning into a teenage beauty queen. Well, I guess standing at the counter at a 7-Eleven is so much more high class.

I also did some garbage collecting for the townhouse association. The owners in that neighborhood didn't believe in real garbage bags, so on windy days after the garbage collection, there would be quite a mess of loose garbage being blown around the neighborhood. Let's just say that I got to know what my neighbors did in their underpants and what happened to their left over dinners.
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