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Living Wage

What’s does everyone consider a decent living annual salary?

  • 20,000-30,000

    Votes: 4 5.6%
  • 40,000-60,000

    Votes: 40 56.3%
  • 80,000-100,000

    Votes: 19 26.8%
  • 125,000+

    Votes: 8 11.3%

  • Total voters
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Lickwx

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Cost of living has really gone up however . Now gas prices are rocketing , thanks ... well this ain’t the politics thread . The working man got to suffer for the whims of these god dang soulless people in power . Wonder when inflation will pick up again since we printed tons of money .
 

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When you find out what people are making out there its pretty eye opening. You can live a nice modest life in Greenville, SC with a household income of 80k, but you're driving cars that cost lest than 20k and living in a sub 200k house, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you have a child who is coming through their teen years (no kids here) I would heavily influence them to get into banking or healthcare. Nurse anesthetists are making north of 150k depending on the type of gig they choose and they work as little as 30 hours or as much as 50. All the ones I know are in the Baja every other month and drive 75k cars. Commercial loan underwriting is another good avenue to go, they are all making 80-150+ for a basic 40 hours a week job. It doesn't take much to make 60k in a household, like others of mentioned, duel $15/hr incomes is 60k. A good benefits package can outweigh extra salary depending on what your needs are too. My dad has worked for a small construction company that is based out of Las Vegas, his salary isn't terribly high in the low 100s, but he also got a 50k bonus last year. Each company offers different types of perks, but this is why you better yourself with education, work ethic, and not be a whining ---- that complains about his or her situation. For those that want a simple life making 25-30k per year, absolutely nothing wrong with that.

I should preface that I grew up lower middle class. My mom cleaned houses and my dad did vinyl siding, but they had their home paid off in their early 30s from working hard and remodel flips. They haven't had a mortgage in 30 years, and my father finally went to work using his skills in project management about 25 years ago. Its all about choices, work ethic, and IQ. We all can't be smart, I'm sure as average as they come, but we can all work harder to get a comfortable life.
 

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Shoot my woman better understand I could care less about how new the car is or pairs of shoes . All my extra money is for my kids future , our future retirement , and experiences !
Seriously tho, She'll zero in on the kids being an Achilles Heal. Next thing you know she'll be texting you from the grocery store parking lot on a cold Jan day, or a hot July day about how the car isn't acting right. And she'll slowly lead you to think about the baby in the hot car while she waits for a tow truck... and boom, next thing you know you're worried about them stranded and you're buying a newer vehicle.
 

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Yeah but it’s more than enough to live comfortably ( pay all the bills without sweating or picking which ones to pay , which ones to hold off ) , save a little in emergency funds , and live in a modest enough area . To be fair I don’t have my own family or kids yet , so I’m basing this off what I experienced growing up .
Most generations want more for their kids than they had... I'm sure you can get by on less, but it really depends on where you live.
 

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Seriously tho, She'll zero in on the kids being an Achilles Heal. Next thing you know she'll be texting you from the grocery store parking lot on a cold Jan day, or a hot July day about how the car isn't acting right. And she'll slowly lead you to think about the baby in the hot car while she waits for a tow truck... and boom, next thing you know you're worried about them stranded and you're buying a newer vehicle.
Shoot ! Man come to think of it looking back on my mom thats exactly what she does . She even recently convinced my dad that HE needs a new car . Though I’m suspicious SHE will end up with the new car while he takes he older one. All the times she has used terms like “ we NEED to” or “we HAVE too” such definitives! Why hasn’t this level of manipulation by women worldwide not been brought forth in front of an international court for war crimes !
 
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My wife and I made it work with one child making around 60k while she stayed home. With a mortgage it was tough as my old truck needed constant work and her little Hyundai required a loan too. We weren't able to save at all as something always came along to eat up any money we had. I broke into the management ranks when my daughter was born and it became a little easier with better income and a company truck. She's back to work now and it's unbelievable how nice it is to have duel incomes.
 

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All depends on location and how you want to live. We live rather well on the income I’m blessed to make. If we find ourselves in a hole it’s nearly always because we mismanaged our money. You have to just do trade offs. Wife stays home so we don’t have to worry about childcare. We cook our own meals and don’t eat out a lot. Don’t take waste money on extravagant trips. Live within our means and for goodness sake stay away from credit cards. Oh and learn to fix what you can around the house yourself.

I say if you make 60-70k a year, you can live comfortably in the south as long as you don’t live in a city or on the lake.
 
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If you’re a couple and you’re gonna buy a house in Durham, you better be pulling down 90-100k as a family. Houses are appreciating here at 9% a year.


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If you woke up this morning,had heat,running water,roof over your head and transportation to work. You are wealthier than 95% of the worlds population. Sobbering and humbling. Everyone on here is in the top 5% wealthiest in the world.
 

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A married couple both making 15.00 a hour is 60k?
1200$ a week gross, times 52. So yes
Wife and I make over $150k together and have rent at $800 a month, zero debt close to $150k in savings. Yet I still don’t feel comfortable or upper class despite technically being so.
should definitely not be renting! With interest rates like 1.9% on 15 year mortgage, coul get a good house for about 1000-1200$ mortgage and paid off in 15 years
 

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Wife and I make over $150k together and have rent at $800 a month, zero debt close to $150k in savings. Yet I still don’t feel comfortable or upper class despite technically being so.
Not trying to affront you here but you live in a cheap area , have no debt , good income ? Not feeling comfortable is likely a result of personal views on what comfort and lifestyle you want versus living on edge or having to worry about bills . Definitely upper middle class and you should be a bit at ease ! You are doing good for yourself man .

Money comes and goes ! You are a successful person so don’t worry so much . That’s what I was raised to believe , don’t worry no matter what it seems like . Money comes and it goes . Don’t got it today might got it tomorrow .
 

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Wife and I make over $150k together and have rent at $800 a month, zero debt close to $150k in savings. Yet I still don’t feel comfortable or upper class despite technically being so.
I think this is where you need to look. You're more than stable and solvent, and yet you haven't purchased a house either?

I think therein lies the crux of your situation.
 

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Not trying to affront you here but you live in a cheap area , have no debt , good income ? Not feeling comfortable is likely a result of personal views on what comfort and lifestyle you want versus living on edge or having to worry about bills . Definitely upper middle class and you should be a bit at ease ! You are doing good for yourself man .

Money comes and goes ! You are a successful person so don’t worry so much . That’s what I was raised to believe , don’t worry no matter what it seems like . Money comes and it goes . Don’t got it today might got it tomorrow .
Yes, successful but not sure of myself. As some of you know, I have many struggles as we all do, history of addiction and consistent struggles of mental depression. Been sober 7 years now and have found a great career path and have been smart with money. I am afraid of life and the unknown so it’s hard for me to make a big purchase knowing that money does come and go.
 

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The key is to make money and it never goes. Saving money is great but you need to grow the money you make. Buying and house, property, investments etc. The worst place to keep your money is on a bank. I got lucky in my early 20s buying property for the land it was on. The key is to never pay taxes on the investment you buy so you are always buying and Selling which makes you money but it’s not real money you can spend because it’s always going to the investment and turn so you keep that train moving and if you’re doing it right you growing your portfolio with bigger investments each time.
 
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