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Do You Make More Than Your Partner?

Not to stir the pot with Valentine's just around the corner, but with new studies indicating that wives are earning more than their husbands, my mind began to wander and wonder about the financial breakdown in relationships. Juggling love and money issues can be a tricky balancing act to pull off, and money talks with your partner can definitely be awkward and uncomfortable if you don't know where your sweetie stands on finances. All in all, I'd like to think that when it comes to matters of the heart, money is irrelevant — unfortunately, the reality is that it's not always avoidable and sometimes can weigh heavily on our relationships. Often, we have to deal with it head on, especially when partners' earnings are uneven. So, tell me, do you make more than your partner? And does it really matter?

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snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
plus you'd be hard stretched to meet somebody who makes less than me. working in the non-profit world doesn't have me rolling in dough :)
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
runningesq, i'm marrying for convenience, i don't really believe in the whole love thing.
lovekailua lovekailua 7 years
I make more than him and I always will...we're both fine with that.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My husband makes more than I do, mostly because we chose very different fields...he is well paid for his job and even though we both have BS degrees, my field is not as high paying as his is.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
The truth is, I have no idea how much my boyfriend makes. He at least has a steady income where I , on the other hand, am freelance in the Entertainment Business (audio engineer, live show coordination, publicity/marking)... With that being said, I can have a week, or even a day, where I make a couple thousand, but then I can have a month (mainly December) where I make only $50 the entire month... Needless to say, I love savings accounts and investing, its the only way I can live!
luna08 luna08 7 years
I'm single, but a LOT of my friends make more than their SO's...I think it's becoming more common, and less of an issue.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I also make about $20k more than my bf, but he has the potential to make MUCH more after he gets his PhD.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
My husband and I have the same degree (both MSEE), and we are in similar field. He is 8 years older than me, and hence started his career 8 years ahead of me. I can never catch up with him until he retire.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Wow, snarky, you might be missing out on a lot of great guys. To each her own, though. I make $20K more than my husband... I only recently started making me, though. When I was in law school I made practically nothing, and then just a little more as a judidical law clerk. We both are government employees so we have sweet benefits :)
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i'm single, but would never be able to date anybody who makes less than me.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
no, he makes more right now, but if you factor in the levels i can move in my career, i am very likely to be making more money than him by the time we retire (maybe even by the time we're abour 40 or 50 depending on how quickly i advance and how much baby time i put in and whether or not he decides to take on a management role eventually in his career)
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
im almost done with my studies so currently no but since im studying the same thing my hubby did, after i get licensed,well have the same career so well make about the same amount of money
mek123 mek123 7 years
I've made more than my husband for a number of years and at first it really bothered him. Now he just enjoys working less hours than I do and when our son was younger, he was able to pick him up at school.
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