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Dancing Fire

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how much are you expecting to earn (starting range) annually with your degree?
 

wildcat03

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In 2003 my chemistry degree earned me a whopping 24K a year, but at least it came with health benefits!
 

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I went straight into a grad school/professional school after undergrad. So it was $0. :lol: Actually, more like -$XX since I was going to be accumulating more debt. LOL
 

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wildcat03|1314839576|3006944 said:
In 2003 my chemistry degree earned me a whopping 24K a year, but at least it came with health benefits!
This, but in 2002.
 

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Out of undergrad, my best offer was $50k (humanities degree from a state school, graduated in 2006).

Out of law school, more than half of people at my school make $160k. I don't have an offer yet in that range, and if I don't get one, I'll probably get knocked back down to what I could have made out of undergrad :((
 

charbie

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With a BS in Geriatrics, I had no idea what I would make. Most starting positions were around $32k. I gladly took a job making $36k with benefits and bonus payouts. I've been blessed to finally be at industry standard here at my second job (Ive been in the professional world 4 yrs) and make substantially more now :)
 

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I made a whopping $15 an hour working in buying with my fashion merch degree and DH made just under 6 figures working in finance. When I graduate with my teaching degree I'll probably make in the 40's and DH's starting salary this year right out of law school is double what he made right out of undergrad.
 

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Dancing Fire|1314837139|3006901 said:
how much are you expecting to earn (starting range) annually with your degree?

Aren't you supposed to answer the questions you ask? What is DF expected to make? Hmmmm......

If I had thought about money when I was actually going to college I would have picked a different path. My Elementary Ed degree does not pay well. I made a little bit more using my Psych degree. I taught and ran group therapy in a Child/Adol Psych Hospital before I became a SAHM. Thank God my DH does well. I don't work anymore. It's not worth it now that I have children.
 

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I never really thought about how much I would or could earn after college. I spent most of my time scheming up ways to *stay* in school for as long as possible. Mission accomplished! ;))
 

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lbbaber|1314841957|3006976 said:
Dancing Fire|1314837139|3006901 said:
how much are you expecting to earn (starting range) annually with your degree?

Aren't you supposed to answer the questions you ask? What is DF expected to make? Hmmmm......

If I had thought about money when I was actually going to college I would have picked a different path. My Elementary Ed degree does not pay well. I made a little bit more using my Psych degree. I taught and ran group therapy in a Child/Adol Psych Hospital before I became a SAHM. Thank God my DH does well. I don't work anymore. It's not worth it now that I have children.
i don't know... :confused: how much should one expected to make after graduating from pool halls and bowling alleys?... :oops:
 

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I'm not sure. I didn't really go for the money, I wanted to go to school so that I could have a stable job, without all the awful hours and pressure and fluctuating hours/workload that I had before I went back to school. Oh, and I want to enjoy what I do for a living.
 

Rhea

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I made $25K for my first full time job after college when I graduated in 2004. I don't make any more now when you take into consideration that I live in a larger, more expensive city!
 

dragonfly411

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I'd imagine at least 25-30k as an R.N. I'd hope for more, depending on my specialty.
 

Kismet

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Right out of school in 1989 I made $27.5k plus overtime in public accounting. That was a really good salary back then.
 

chemgirl

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dragonfly411|1314883240|3007297 said:
I'd imagine at least 25-30k as an R.N. I'd hope for more, depending on my specialty.
That's shocking to me. I'm in Canada and several of my friends have graduated with BSc's in nursing (required to be an RN here) and they all made in the 60's right out of school. They worked long hours, but they were payed accordingly. 25-30k seems really low for the number of hours you're expected to put in!
 

chemgirl

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I made $56k right out of school with my masters in chemical engineering. That was in 2008.
 

jlp86

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Being a teacher I didnt expect much with only a BA. My first job started at $32K with benefits. Once I go to grad school I know to expect more.
 

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I earned 29K in my first job right out of undergrad with a BA in English in 2002. This was a job in a faceless corporation. I worked with actuaries and did manual calculations of retirement benefits for clients. Don't even ask how I ended up in that job. The actuaries were hilarious, though. :cheeky:

After earning my master's my salary went up to 64K in 2007. I had already been teaching for a couple years at that point, though.
 

NewEnglandLady

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My first job out of undergrad paid $40K. I was a research associate at a commercial real estate firm and that was in 2003. I remember being so excited, haha.

I am not 100% sure, but I think a starting undergrad salary at my company (and in my capability) is about $60K. I don't know if that's above or below average for a starting salary these days.

Edited because sometimes I forget how to use my words.
 

dragonfly411

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chemgirl|1314886347|3007339 said:
dragonfly411|1314883240|3007297 said:
I'd imagine at least 25-30k as an R.N. I'd hope for more, depending on my specialty.
That's shocking to me. I'm in Canada and several of my friends have graduated with BSc's in nursing (required to be an RN here) and they all made in the 60's right out of school. They worked long hours, but they were payed accordingly. 25-30k seems really low for the number of hours you're expected to put in!

Well that's good to know lol. I tend to set my expectations a bit low so I don't wind up disappointed. My friend made around 50-55 out of school working night shift just basic floor rounds. I'm hoping to specialize in ER or Intensive care, so hopefully that will raise the cap a bit too.
 

tyty333

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I made $23k out of school in 1984 with a BS in Computer Science. Now I make $0...SAHM. Rewarding (sometimes) but the
pay really stinks!
 

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chemgirl|1314886347|3007339 said:
dragonfly411|1314883240|3007297 said:
I'd imagine at least 25-30k as an R.N. I'd hope for more, depending on my specialty.
That's shocking to me. I'm in Canada and several of my friends have graduated with BSc's in nursing (required to be an RN here) and they all made in the 60's right out of school. They worked long hours, but they were payed accordingly. 25-30k seems really low for the number of hours you're expected to put in!

I graduated with a associates in nursing about 7 years ago and started at around 60 - 70k I believe but I have worked in metro hospitals, there is a huge pay disparity in MN between metro and rural hospitals , certs do make a difference also, sad to say when I finished with the bsn that is only about a dollar more an hour :nono: We do not work long hours really, that pay is for 36 hours a week :D , of course there is always overtime!
 

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Dancing Fire|1314851656|3007143 said:
lbbaber|1314841957|3006976 said:
Dancing Fire|1314837139|3006901 said:
how much are you expecting to earn (starting range) annually with your degree?

Aren't you supposed to answer the questions you ask? What is DF expected to make? Hmmmm......

If I had thought about money when I was actually going to college I would have picked a different path. My Elementary Ed degree does not pay well. I made a little bit more using my Psych degree. I taught and ran group therapy in a Child/Adol Psych Hospital before I became a SAHM. Thank God my DH does well. I don't work anymore. It's not worth it now that I have children.
i don't know... :confused: how much should one expected to make after graduating from pool halls and bowling alleys?... :oops:
Quite a bit actually! My ex-husband spent his time in pool halls as I studied. He made a killing swindling people (but he is an EXCELLENT player/bull sh#tter). Sadly, he is also a ladies man and that is why he is my EX.

DF the pool shark. I never knew :bigsmile:
 

jaysonsmom

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After graduating college with a Biology degree in 1995, I expected to make 30K, I think my first offer was around $17K :((

Yup, $1400 a month. I eventually took a job that was $2000/month or $24K, but that took 6 months post graduation to find.
 

April20

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My first job out of college (1999) earned me $31k. My second job started at 34k and when I left nearly eight years later I'd been promoted and was making $72k plus bonus. It was about $80k at the end of the day. My last job paid the same but no bonus and waaaay more responsibility. Totally underpaid (by about $20k) but times were tough for my field. I'm in retail interior design/space planning and construction mgmt (as an owners rep).

Im doing volunteer work for now, so my pay is ZERO, but it's worth it!
 

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dragonfly411|1314883240|3007297 said:
I'd imagine at least 25-30k as an R.N. I'd hope for more, depending on my specialty.

Ummmm, unless you're planning to be a nurse's aid, I think you're going to make a lot more!
 

MichelleCarmen

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dragonfly411|1314888934|3007383 said:
chemgirl|1314886347|3007339 said:
dragonfly411|1314883240|3007297 said:
I'd imagine at least 25-30k as an R.N. I'd hope for more, depending on my specialty.
That's shocking to me. I'm in Canada and several of my friends have graduated with BSc's in nursing (required to be an RN here) and they all made in the 60's right out of school. They worked long hours, but they were payed accordingly. 25-30k seems really low for the number of hours you're expected to put in!

Well that's good to know lol. I tend to set my expectations a bit low so I don't wind up disappointed. My friend made around 50-55 out of school working night shift just basic floor rounds. I'm hoping to specialize in ER or Intensive care, so hopefully that will raise the cap a bit too.
Yep, you should be making great money after graduating! A couple of my friends are nurses and they're the only ones who have a lot of disposable income after paying for daycare! ;-)
 

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I made $25k my first year out of school with a BA in English. I was an Editorial Assistant for a medical journal. That was in 2003. It's taken me almost a decade to double that salary.
 

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graduated in 1978, starting salary was $10/hour, 37.5 hour week. I made $19,500 that first year working for a phramaceutical company.
 
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