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Are You Making As Much Money As You Expected?

We all had to start somewhere, and that somewhere is probably an entry level job. When you're fresh out of college and know nothing about the job market, it can be easy to overvalue or undervalue your salary potential. No matter where you are in the workforce — entry level or well into your career — it's a rare worker who doesn't harp on her paycheck. Are you making as much as you expected at this point in your career?


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SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
No, but I don't know what my expectations were. I know that they were too high...
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I was happy with my starting salary, but not with my hours. I never realized how hard it would be to get a full time job and benefits. I'm applying to other places right now, but it's really the budget and the economy that is restricting things like that, so I don't have high hopes. When I was in college I expected to make between $20K and $30K to start, but even if I get a better job I'm still looking at about half that.
sugsug sugsug 8 years
I've worked at the same company for over a year without a "yearly raise" I wanted to discuss it with my boss but feel nervous because of this week's economic uncertainty. It hasn't affected my industry yet...but we'll see! Ideas?
baybug baybug 8 years
I am not making as much as I would like. It is a little irritating.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I knew coming out of college that I would never make a huge salary - media and publishing jobs tend to be pretty low-paying unless you're in management, and I never had my eye on being a big boss - so I didn't have any particular expectation. I should be making more than I do - I took on a lot of responsibility when I switched departments a few years back, and my salary was never updated to reflect that, despite my boss lobbying for me. So my salary's reasonable for my experience level, it's just low for the responsibilities I have.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I've actually been pleasantly surprised by the raises I've gotten while working at the company I'm at now. After years of being underpaid, I actually feel like I'm "making a living" now... phew!
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I thought I would have gotten a bigger raise for being promoted ... but I feel like it was just like my yearly raise.
ohkate ohkate 8 years
it doesn't help that my boss at the time dangled a promotion and raise over my head for 6 months and then when it finally went through it wasn't as much as he'd originally said.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's a more complicated question than that. i'm making decent money but knowing what i do and what i should make, i think that i'd like to make more money by this point in my career. its' a hard thing since i didn't have expectations on what i should be making and when i moved from Florida to NYC my salary more than doubled..but still - it's not the same thing. i kind of would like to have more security at this point in my life and it doesn't seem to be the case right now.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I'm definitely making more than I expected, especially in my field. I thought I'd have to work for free for a couple years getting work experience before getting a real salary, but I'm happy with what I'm on now, though it could ALWAYS be higher!
chocolatine chocolatine 8 years
The amount I earn is not that bad, but I never expected living costs to be so high in the city I moved to for the job (Munich, Germany). Also, thanks to the "social state" that Germany is, my net salary is only slightly more than half of my gross salary :(.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
HeidiMD I'm lucky to be in your boat as well. I randomly started at the right company at the right time. It's not like I even make as much as a first year lawyer or anything, but for what I do I am happy!
CYL CYL 8 years
Well I want to make as much as I make now..but I didn't realize that after taxes, union dues, pensions, company health insurane etc how much I would really have uh no. Plus I think I need to get paid more for what i do!
PinkLizzie PinkLizzie 8 years
I'm in grad school, and by some lucky policy loophole I'm making more than the minimum tuition-and-ramen stipend, so my salary is actually much better than expected. Especially considering it's "scholarship" and tax free.
katie225 katie225 8 years
i'm a first year teacher, 23 years old, and i'm making almost 50k. that's definitely better than many kids my age, and i'm pretty happy with it. no complaints. the boyfriend is still in school (studying to be a doctor), so we're still tight on cash, though.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I am actually making more than expected, which is a very pleasant surprise.
Neekoh Neekoh 8 years
When I first got my job, I definitely wasn't making what I had hoped (or what my friends were making!). After a year, I started looking for a new job and when I announced to my boss that I wanted to leave, he met my expectations to keep me here :) Definitely a boost in self-confidence.
Jyramiah Jyramiah 8 years
Well I haven't gotten out of college yet. So my expectations for a current salary are a little non-existant. And when I get out of college, they might still be that way. As long as I have enough to be comfortable, I'm gravy. Which is good I suppose.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I get a pretty good deal for what I'm doing, but that doesn't mean I don't think I should get more.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
If you had asked me when I graduated what I thought I'd be making now (3yrs since I graduated college) I would have said a number significantly less than my actual current salary, so that's pretty awesome!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
i think i could definatly be making more with my experiance and good work ethics. plus i am attending school part-time too...
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
I took a really large pay cut in changing careers, but am very no, I am not making as much as I expected, but I am not unhappy with my current salary. My job has many other perks.
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