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Old 06-17-2020, 10:21 AM   #1
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How long did you work?

I was curious ... how long do people work full time before they retire?

For me, I plan to retire this year. It will 41 years of full time employment.
I do not count any years doing odd jobs or part time.

What's normal? what's average?
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:26 AM   #2
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For me, it was 36 years (21.5 in the Army, 6.5 as a DoD contractor and 8 as a Fed) and then the numbers said I didn't need to do it anymore.
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26 years but I stayed home with my kids until all were in school. Have been working part time in the 8 years since retiring but didn’t count that.
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:44 AM   #4
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22 years of full-time work for me before I semi-FIREd, then another 5 years of part-time, freelance consulting. As of this year, I am about 99% retired, only doing a few hours of paid consulting w*rk per month on average. I'm in my early 50s.
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:50 AM   #5
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:55 AM   #6
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27.5 in the military guard reserve and active duty mixed.age 17-45
Civilian age 16-45
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:55 AM   #7
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40 years in the career I choose and 35 with the same company.
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Old 06-17-2020, 12:20 PM   #8
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22 years of full-time work for me before I semi-FIREd, then another 5 years of part-time, freelance consulting. As of this year, I am about 99% retired, only doing a few hours of paid consulting w*rk per month on average. I'm in my early 50s.


DW is now 57 and semi-FIREd for two years after a 26 year career and it looks like I will be semi-FIREd in July at age 54 after a 28 year career.
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Old 06-17-2020, 12:21 PM   #9
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If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life!

Worked 35 years for MegaCorp, then 6 years in academia. So a total of 35 years!
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Old 06-17-2020, 12:44 PM   #10
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35 years full time. The last 6 years part time. Plan on 2 more years part time.
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Old 06-17-2020, 12:46 PM   #11
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Old 06-17-2020, 12:49 PM   #12
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Old 06-17-2020, 12:57 PM   #13
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Two years full-time while finishing college, 8 years in the military, then 27 years in the corp world = 37 years.
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Old 06-17-2020, 01:25 PM   #17
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43 years when i call it quits in Dec 2020. Jan. 1977 joined USN , got out in Dec 1979, Been where i am now since Jan 1980, i'm done!
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