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Old 10-12-2009, 12:40 AM   #61
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1) First job was balinghay for neighbor farmers at $1/hour in the late 60's. My Dad said I was lucky- in his day, they maybe got lunch and $1/day if anything. Taught me I did not want to be a manual laborer for the rest of my life.

2) Got married before the last year of undergrad, and supported us through grad school on a TA -does that count? First "real" career job was in 1980 for $26K/year. That seemed like a lot, particularly since we had been saving some even on a TA stipend. That first year in an apartment, we saved every other paycheck.
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:08 PM   #62
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1) First job was balinghay for neighbor farmers at $1/hour in the late 60's. My Dad said I was lucky- in his day, they maybe got lunch and $1/day if anything.....
Although I didn't do it as "job", I used to help out some friends on their family farm by putting up hay. No money involved....only all of the ice cold well water you could drink, and an EXCELLENT feast that evening for everyone!!!

It was hard, hot, and dirty work from early morning 'til dark, and every muscle in your body was achy and sore for a couple of days after....but oooooh, the food!!!! Plus, the folks we did it for, REALLY appreciated our efforts and made certain that we knew it....and that's worth more than money can buy!
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:55 PM   #63
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1. Dairy Queen, $1.25 per hour, 1970
2. General Motors Assembly line- pay was great, job sucked, luckily, I was laid off in 1975 and I joined the Air Force
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Although I didn't do it as "job", I used to help out some friends on their family farm by putting up hay. No money involved....only all of the ice cold well water you could drink, and an EXCELLENT feast that evening for everyone!!!

It was hard, hot, and dirty work from early morning 'til dark, and every muscle in your body was achy and sore for a couple of days after....but oooooh, the food!!!! Plus, the folks we did it for, REALLY appreciated our efforts and made certain that we knew it....and that's worth more than money can buy!
Put up hay for my grandparents.

I recall feeling so successful when I could throw a bale into the truck; then Grandfather showed up with two bales in each hand.
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Old 10-12-2009, 11:33 PM   #65
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1) and 3) - Arby's for 3 years ('76-'79). Started at $1.95/hr, but they got in trouble with the labor folks and had to raise it to a whopping $2.20! (By the way, back then Roast Beef's were $0.94 and a 20-ounce Coke was the biggest we sold!)

2) After graduating with a Masters in Computer Science, worked for a defense contractor in Dayton, OH. Started at $27K in 1984.
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:53 AM   #66
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1) Paper route at age 10-11. 25 cents per subscriber per month plus tips. I started with just over 50 and ended when we moved a year and a half later with about 100. I was netting $50-60 a month including tips at the end.

2-a) supported myself thru college, working 25 hrs a week at the college cafeteria, $4.25 per hr in 1982-85. Married just before final year. DW found a job which helped a lot that year.

2-b) first job out of college paid $13,500 at the exchange rate prevailing when I got the job. The exchange rate swung the other direction a few months later and I was at around $20k. This was in 1985.

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Old 10-13-2009, 08:43 AM   #67
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Raking leaves for grandma had all the elements of a real j*b: good pay; perqs--she fed us; plenty of stuff to grumble about like the scratchy sweaters from the '20s she put us in; I think they were made of the same wool as the old-time swimming suits she kept on hand for those who forgot to bring their own once; we goofed off on company time by jumping into the piles of leaves; and we couldn't wait to retire.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:55 AM   #68
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1) Paper route at age 10-11. 25 cents per subscriber per month plus tips. I started with just over 50 and ended when we moved a year and a half later with about 100. I was netting $50-60 a month including tips at the end.
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1) I had a few paper routes between ages 11-15.
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Paperboy from 1972 to 1975.
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I started as a paperboy in grade school
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I did the paperboy thing in 8th grade with 2 different routes, but I don't think we should count that.
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Newspaper boy. Followed shortly by drug store clerk.
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First job was probably as a paperboy in Dayton, Ohio in the late 1960's.
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My first real job was as a paperboy, too. Even now when I have "responsibility" dreams, I dream that I have forgotten to do my paper route for like a week and that my customers are really pi$$ed.
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I started (in a small 7,000 pop town) with a 60 customer route and built it up to 120 customers.
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Paperboy for 9 years.
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Paper boy. I basically worked for tips, which in 1983 (?) amounted to roughly $1 per customer. I might have made $40 per month.
It's too bad paper routes, as we knew them, are history. The daily afternoon papers are almost all gone now, and every route is done from a car these days. Anyway, I don't think they'd find kids willing to do the work for the same rate, even inflation adjusted--better opportunities are out there, and money from other sources is too readily available.

The experience probably formed a lot of my attitudes about work, money, and saving. And you guys that built up your routes--congrats! I didn't like that part of the job very much.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:29 AM   #69
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My first job that was not paid for by a family member was working for a Hardware store in Gainesville, Florida. I worked 20 hours a week for extra money while I went to college (U of F). My wife and I lived in married student housing. She also started working at the hardware store, until I graduated and we moved on to graduate school in another state.
My first job that supported me/us was in 1985. I had just finished school and began work as an Assistanf Product Manager for $38.5k/year. It sounded like lots of dough. But the job was in NYC where the cost of living is high; so we did not live much better than we did as school kids (at least for a while). As time went by, we saved little by little.
I've been blessed by a great wife and family. Kinda nice to stop for a moment and reflect :-).
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:32 AM   #70
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Well, I worked alot throughout my childhood laying concrete and tile, cutting and edging a lawn when nobody edged their lawn, painting the entire house by myself at 15, etc. etc. Parents were big on me working...don't ask (Depression era people).
Anyway, my first "real" paying job was working at a grocery store as a checker. Did that thru high school and first 2 years of college. Since it was a Union job in Illinois, I was making really good money for a kid after 5 years. It was about the best job a girl could get then.
I remember I loved working for money so much--I mean, people really paid me to work unlike the parents (what a novel idea)--that I used to beg them for more than 25 hours, which was the max allowed for part-time by the State. Sometimes I could pull off 30 hours, but they had to take the extra 5 hours and put it on another paycheck to hide it from the auditors. And I've never stopped loving working for money. Must have been all the hard work the folks made me do for zip.
(Sorry, I can't remember the pay amount, tho.)
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:57 PM   #71
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1) First job was working at a city municipal golf course, starting at the age of 16. Started out making $1.65/hr - 5 years later made $2.35/hr. Worked after school in the Spring and Fall, and then at least 44 hours/week in the Summer. This was before all of the "child" labor and OSHA laws - or, maybe the city just ignored them all. Sometimes I worked 50 hours a week, with no overtime rate - just the normal hourly rate. Did not wear any sort of safety equipment, even though I operated all sorts of very loud (and dangerous) power equipment and spread all sorts of pesticides and herbicides - some which were banned a few years later. Best job I ever had - even though I am pretty sure it gave me tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

2) Right after college graduation, got married, and then started my engineering career with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for the princely sum of $12,500/year.
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:30 AM   #72
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1. Paperboy was first job but it took so little time that I don't consider it as such. First real job was installing hardware on the decks of fiberglass boats in a factory. It was 1975, the year between dropping out of college and returning to it. Costa Mesa, CA, no idea what I was paid.

2. After grad school first job was doing consumer research in 1980, also in Costa Mesa. I think salary was 25k a year.
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:12 AM   #73
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1. Making plaster statues at $3/hr in 1974. Getting in touch with my "artistic" side I guess.

2. Selling cable tv door to door in 1981 was first real job. Made about $24k the first year and thought I was rich! Moved to management a year later and took a pay cut to about $20k but it beat the hell out of knocking on doors!
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:54 PM   #74
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1) I guess I don't count the paperboy job...I consider mine a dishwasher at age 15 (1977). I made about $2.10/hr and I remember getting really excited when I asked for a 10 cent raise and my boss gave it to me. LOL

2) Auto mechanic at age ~23 (1984) making about $15k/year. The most fun job I've ever had, but also the least respect I've ever received as an employee.
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The most fun job I've ever had, but also the least respect I've ever received as an employee.
Interesting. If you do what I think you do, I'd guess that the least respect you'd ever got would be posting here.
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1. As a paperboy peddling my bike from house to house. Made about $30 a month in mid-1960s.

2. Independent?........as a too young 2nd Lt. in the Air Force immediately out of college in 1971 (Vietnam era). Think I got $450 a month plus about $150 housing/subsistence allowance.

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Old 10-16-2009, 06:49 PM   #77
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First paid gig was transplanting flower seedlings from flats to pots and trays. Got $.25/hour in 1956 - age 9. Not bad money in dose days.

Parlayed that job all the way up to delivery driver at age 16 for $1.00/hour.

Gave up that gig to drive for another "firm" delivering body shop equipment $65/week - that's a 44 hour week - when I was 20 and in college.

First "professional" gig was at megacorp (for 36 years) starting at $775/month ca. 1969.

Last paying gig - back to delivering flowers albeit at $10/hour and strictly to help out original "firm", in fact.

All in all, it's been a good ride!
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1. First job - paper boy -- we were independent contractors who bought the papers from the publisher at a discount. I think I netted 7 cents a paper. I had 55-60 customers, so it came to about $80 per month. First actual paycheck job -- McDonalds -- $2 per hour in 1975

2. First self supporting job -- Ensign, USN -- about $12k per year in 1981.
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1) First real job, running a merry go round and twirly cars at a kiddie park for $1 an hour, I was 11. Different times

2) First real independent support job - Trainee at an Insurance co. for 18k a year, my first paycheck paid my first months rent, and it went on from there.
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I guess it was as a 2LT in the Army @ Ft. Bliss, TX. Pay was about $400/month or so, but I always had money left over to save. LBYM established? Yea, probably so.
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