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#51 alex

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    Posted 21 May 2008 - 09:39 PM

    Originally Posted by Pisces
    There are some school districts up north (in our cold cold regions) who make upwards of 100k due to Northern living allowance. (basically the government gives those who live in extremely remote areas a monetary allowance to make up for the cold and remote conditions!)

    ETA: I don't know why I keep saying "down south" I just mean the US! lol
    I learned about this while working for Revenue Canada last year! I think it's awesome, especially for the people working the hard industries (mining, etc) because alot of them don't live there year round & it's expensive to travel back & forth & maintain 2 residences!

    If it makes you feel better, I call the Toronto area here in Ontario "down south" as I live 8 hours north of it! lol So don't feel so bad!

    #52 jodylynn007

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      Posted 21 May 2008 - 09:53 PM

      I wonder if there are more areas than just teachers where folks make more in Canada, I am a legal assistant and I make a base salary of $55K, plus taxable benefits (paid transit and parking, full medical and dental) which all in all really add up to around $60K (transit is VERY expensive here). I have been doing what I do now for 15 years (ever since high school), but my salary is all based on work experience and not a degree of any kind. I took a legal secretarial program out of high school (one year and cost $5K), plus a few "upgrade" courses along the way, but I feel that I am very fortunate to be working in a field that I love and getting paid well for it.

      That said, my fiancee does make more than I do. He probably wouldn't feel comfortable with me posting what he makes, but it's plus or minus the $100K mark and he works in HR, a higher management position.

      Both of the women in my bridal party are well paid too (better than me but less than my fiancee) and they work very different jobs than myself. One is a policewoman and the other is in real estate.

      #53 LadyP

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        Posted 21 May 2008 - 10:06 PM

        well I am a teacher with a Masters and I make 55K When I finish the doctored program i can make 75+ FH makes well more than me. He works the family business. I can increase if I put more faith in myself and start my school. I need the benefits that i get from work for my son (our benefits are awesome) So I will start my school when I finish my program

        #54 Dez921714

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          Posted 21 May 2008 - 10:06 PM

          Hey....those of you who mentioned being in journalism and broadcast......do you happen to cover financial topics? Mutual Funds? Personal Finance? Money Managers? LOL If so....I have some "experts" who you may want to talk to ;-) (can't blame me for trying...every contact helps).

          FI makes a lot more than me. He works for the NYC Department of Sanitation as a Mechanic. We can live TIGHTLY on just his salery...but we don't like to live tightly lol
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          #55 Jen_S

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            Posted 21 May 2008 - 10:52 PM

            I am a QA Manager for a software co. I have been there for 10 years and with my bonus I make around 120,000.
            Our Honeymoon In Ireland!!

            #56 Alyssa

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              Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:19 AM


              here is the follow up thread for the men...


              #57 Mel

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                Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:06 AM

                I just graduated so I will be converted to a permanent position in the Forest Service within the next month. I have worked for them since 2005 under the SCEP position which was a student position where I could work as many hours as I wanted and they would pay me $5k a year to go to school. Catch is for every year I borrow I have to work that many years for them or I pay it back. I thought it was great, no worries about having to find a job once I graduate.

                I work as a an assistant biologist on the Coronado National Forest in Tucson. My main projects include writing assessments that comply with federal laws on threatened an endangered species, surveys of different species on the forest, habitat assessment, resource advising on fires, and fighting fires. I get to go out an hike a lot and see lots of cool stuff (of course if you like the outdoors), but then I pay for it when I have to do all of my reports.

                FI told me that he was marrying me for my $$$, I told him you picked the wrong girl. Most I will ever make is around $50k (max out a GS-11), right now I will be lucky to make $35k (GS-7). But I love my job and I get to see and do really cool stuff so its a tradeoff. And its not like I will ever be living in a large town where cost of living is outrageous because most FS districts are in tiny towns. And its the government so they compensate you some for living somewhere expensive.

                #58 lucy106

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                  Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:18 AM

                  I am a police officer in a suburb of Chicago. I make a decent salary but when I stop to think that we are basically a walking target on a daily basis then I think we should get paid a little more.

                  #59 Jenn3878

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                    Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:31 AM

                    I work as an office manager in a small office and make around $35K a year with no college here in S. Florida and I guess that is pretty good compared to what comparable jobs offer in my area.

                    #60 Allaballa

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                      Posted 22 May 2008 - 01:05 PM

                      I'm a financial analyst for a pharmaceutical company. I make very decent money, ($70K+) however I think that the cost of living in Toronto is pretty high so that's why my salary is higher than it would be if I was to work in a more remote city.

                      As to the "glass ceiling" I would say that I am on par with my friends in terms of pay but I know that some of them will get capped pretty soon whereas my earning potential will continue to grow. In my opinion, the glass ceiling has a lot to do with your chosen career path as some jobs unfortunately get capped (I'm think of teachers and health care professionals).

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