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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #250 on: January 22, 2018, 06:01:36 PM »
You should not overlook the value of “looking the part.”  Sometimes the advice on here to cut your own hair or touch up your roots makes me laugh. I did some of that when I was younger and it is not going to work in Boston or New York.

That's one reason I enjoy CA, none of that matters.  All that matters is what you can do.  My old boss, who is worth north of 100 M dresses like your average person on the street.  It's very difficult to tell what people are worth or earn here based on appearance/clothes.  Even attorneys and bankers don't wear suits here.  I guess it's an East Coast/West Coast thing.

It's the same for Arizona, I wear jeans to work every day. But I do admit that it depends greatly on your field. Engineers are usually skeptical of anyone in a suit

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #251 on: January 22, 2018, 06:03:58 PM »
You should not overlook the value of “looking the part.”  Sometimes the advice on here to cut your own hair or touch up your roots makes me laugh. I did some of that when I was younger and it is not going to work in Boston or New York.

That's one reason I enjoy CA, none of that matters.  All that matters is what you can do.  My old boss, who is worth north of 100 M dresses like your average person on the street.  It's very difficult to tell what people are worth or earn here based on appearance/clothes.  Even attorneys and bankers don't wear suits here.  I guess it's an East Coast/West Coast thing.

It's the same for Arizona, I wear jeans to work every day. But I do admit that it depends greatly on your field. Engineers are usually skeptical of anyone in a suit

I have noticed that the higher-ups tend to wear fancier jeans than the rest of us, often paired with dressier shoes. It's a subtle difference but there is still some status signalling going on there.

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« Reply #252 on: January 22, 2018, 06:06:48 PM »
You should not overlook the value of “looking the part.”  Sometimes the advice on here to cut your own hair or touch up your roots makes me laugh. I did some of that when I was younger and it is not going to work in Boston or New York.

That's one reason I enjoy CA, none of that matters.  All that matters is what you can do.  My old boss, who is worth north of 100 M dresses like your average person on the street.  It's very difficult to tell what people are worth or earn here based on appearance/clothes.  Even attorneys and bankers don't wear suits here.  I guess it's an East Coast/West Coast thing.

It's the same for Arizona, I wear jeans to work every day. But I do admit that it depends greatly on your field. Engineers are usually skeptical of anyone in a suit

I have noticed that the higher-ups tend to wear fancier jeans than the rest of us, often paired with dressier shoes. It's a subtle difference but there is still some status signalling going on there.

In healthcare it's scrubs vs. business professional, sometimes adding a white coat (even if not an MD)

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« Reply #253 on: January 22, 2018, 06:35:55 PM »
Even attorneys and bankers don't wear suits here.  I guess it's an East Coast/West Coast thing.

By most standards the east coast is definitely much more image conscious.  It's a combination of vanity and insecurity, in my experience.  People who lack self confidence in their own abilities will try to compensate by putting on a costume to trick people into thinking they are more competent than they really are. 

The west coast is less quick to judge people based on costumes, perhaps because they have their own sort of well recognized fake image problem.  Dyed hair and a fake tan are just the west coast version of a suit and tie, and they're driven by the same desire to put up a certain image.  The difference is that the west coast desired image is sort of youthful and relaxed, and the east coast desired image is all wrapped up in undeserved self importance. 




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« Reply #254 on: January 22, 2018, 07:21:13 PM »
You should not overlook the value of “looking the part.”  Sometimes the advice on here to cut your own hair or touch up your roots makes me laugh. I did some of that when I was younger and it is not going to work in Boston or New York.

That's one reason I enjoy CA, none of that matters.  All that matters is what you can do.  My old boss, who is worth north of 100 M dresses like your average person on the street.  It's very difficult to tell what people are worth or earn here based on appearance/clothes.  Even attorneys and bankers don't wear suits here.  I guess it's an East Coast/West Coast thing.
depends. Lawyers that are often in court will either wear suits every day or wear slacks and a nice shirt, and leave 2-3 suits in the office.  If a lawyer went to court without a suit, he could be sanctioned by the court and directed to pay a fine.  I had the horrible experience of seeing someone fail to wear a suit jacket.  The judge stopped a hearing to lecture the young attorney on basic professionalism. Frankly, the failure to dress for the occasion is mind blowing.  I think it’s actually well summed up with this YouTube clip.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x_9hYMVVv_Q

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« Reply #255 on: January 22, 2018, 07:46:24 PM »

Frankly, the failure to dress for the occasion is mind blowing.



Interesting, I find it mind blowing to find those who focus more on what they wear than on performance.

In my experience, the real high end pros in most fields don't care about appearances.  It's usually the wannabes that do.

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« Reply #256 on: January 22, 2018, 07:49:38 PM »


My most standards the east coast is definitely much more image conscious.  It's a combination of vanity and insecurity, in my experience.  People who lack self confidence in their own abilities will try to compensate by putting on a costume to trick people into thinking they are more competent than they really. 



Agreed, very much this.  We call them monkey suits.  I'm very weary working with any professional that appears to be trying too hard with his/her appearance.  In my field people won't even work with you if you are over dressed.
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« Reply #257 on: January 22, 2018, 07:53:53 PM »

Frankly, the failure to dress for the occasion is mind blowing.



Interesting, I find it mind blowing to find those who focus more on what they wear than on performance.

In my experience, the real high end pros in most fields don't care about appearances.  It's usually the wannabes that do.

Most fields, yes.  There are exceptions (court rooms, for example).

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« Reply #258 on: January 22, 2018, 08:06:05 PM »

Frankly, the failure to dress for the occasion is mind blowing.



Interesting, I find it mind blowing to find those who focus more on what they wear than on performance.

In my experience, the real high end pros in most fields don't care about appearances.  It's usually the wannabes that do.

Most fields, yes.  There are exceptions (court rooms, for example).
Indeed, lawyering still requires suits.

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #259 on: January 22, 2018, 08:12:11 PM »
You should not overlook the value of “looking the part.”  Sometimes the advice on here to cut your own hair or touch up your roots makes me laugh. I did some of that when I was younger and it is not going to work in Boston or New York.

That's one reason I enjoy CA, none of that matters.  All that matters is what you can do.  My old boss, who is worth north of 100 M dresses like your average person on the street.  It's very difficult to tell what people are worth or earn here based on appearance/clothes.  Even attorneys and bankers don't wear suits here.  I guess it's an East Coast/West Coast thing.

It's the same for Arizona, I wear jeans to work every day. But I do admit that it depends greatly on your field. Engineers are usually skeptical of anyone in a suit

I live in the UAE which is extremely hot for most of the year. I work for a government oil company and everyone has to wear professional clothes, men have to wear ties. No leggings, jeans or sweat pants allowed. Local people (Emiraties) have to wear their traditional dress, kandora (white robe) for men, and abaya for woman (black robe). Women put on a lot make up and wear expensive shoes along with expensive bags. Everything here is about appearances. My 2008 Honda CRV is looking too old next to their BMWs, Mercedes, even some guys have Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

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« Reply #260 on: January 22, 2018, 09:41:00 PM »
I sold my soul to the devil(current/forever employer) at the ripe ole age of 22.  In return I made over 100k my first year with out a college degree.  Most people would say my schedule sucks, but hey I make it work.  Last month I managed to only work 13 days and for the past year the most days I've worked in a whole month was 16.  So I kind of laugh to myself when people around me claim they'd never be able to put up with my schedule as they drive to work 5 days a week.  No thanks

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« Reply #261 on: January 22, 2018, 09:49:51 PM »
I have several friends who are all worth several million and I can't think of one that dresses like people think they would. My one friend owned a high profile racecar and when we would see him on tv we would always comment on his shoes because he wore the same worn out pair of tennis shoes for atleast 3-4 years. I went to a viewing tonight of our one older friend.... most everyone there was loaded and I was the only one dressed up at all (that's because that's the way I was raised). I'm usually in an old t-shirt and jeans like they were. I think maybe the people who think you need to dress the part either aren't there yet or have some type of problem deep down where they need to look the part. Same with cars & houses. Maybe they are there money-wise but not maturity-wise.

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« Reply #262 on: January 22, 2018, 10:41:32 PM »
$200K++ in tech, specifically leadership in the UX/product mgmt space. Wear whatever I want, usually nice(r) leggings and a sweater or cardigan except when I know I have to meet with a senior exec. and then I might wear nicer pants and a better pair of shoes. I would never be caught dead looking like I'm in banking or law, I'd kill myself. I am on the east coast.

Keys for me:
- Lucky that UX/product types are in as high demand and nearly as high paying as software engineering
- Willingness to quickly move into and move up management to make big bucks even if I don't like it
- Fell into a blue chip at the right time in 2008 and have made out like a bandit in stock in big bull run

I also never made much money - never more than $50K/year - until I was 35 and finally landed in just the right field, at just the right company at just the right age for it all to come together to make hay.
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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #263 on: January 23, 2018, 12:03:17 AM »
That's it? That's the secret?

No they are all having you on, for only $29.99 I will mail you my book about the actual secret, and if you subscribe for another $59.99 I will make you a gazillionaire.


Seriously though, it is as straightforward as what you are being told, it will take a few years of diligent effort regardless, whether in school or on the job.

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« Reply #264 on: January 23, 2018, 12:39:09 AM »
You can dress like a slob but overcome appearances with hard work and brains. You can act and sound like fool and try to hide behind a suit. But if you are sharp, well organized and sharp looking in your environment (whether that means a suit or a crisply pressed jump suit), you will feel and do better.

I work for a megacorp where the neckties faded out around the time I was hired. Things went downhill from there and I see quasi-grunge outfits these days which frankly look ridiculous. My last four bosses included one who wore hiking boots and lumberjack shirts, another in sports team jerseys, a lady attorney who stepped from the pages of Vogue and the current one who wears a different $3000 suit with tie and cuff links five days per week. The underdressers were underperformers and the last two really, really have their act together. Mr Suit is an incredible executive who is also perfectionist who, for example, won’t drink from a plastic water bottle or cup at work, or allow a single stray paper on his desk. He is the smartest and hardest working boss I have had. He outdresses most people he meets. He also outworks and outthinks them. He definitely outspends them!

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« Reply #265 on: January 23, 2018, 04:47:50 AM »
Yes I was on the Microsoft campus for a Toastmasters meeting and one of the upper executives was wearing a ratty T-shirt and holey jeans. I am sure he made a lot of money back in the  90s. He looked 25. Must have compensated by being super smart. But you don’t have to be him to make a lot of money. But you do need to look like you care enough about yourself to project a certain image. For me it was a total turnoff.

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« Reply #266 on: January 23, 2018, 04:50:31 AM »
And he must have known that day he would be interacting with the insurance people down the street. He obviously did not care.

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« Reply #267 on: January 23, 2018, 04:56:51 AM »
You can dress like a slob but overcome appearances with hard work and brains. You can act and sound like fool and try to hide behind a suit. But if you are sharp, well organized and sharp looking in your environment (whether that means a suit or a crisply pressed jump suit), you will feel and do better.

I work for a megacorp where the neckties faded out around the time I was hired. Things went downhill from there and I see quasi-grunge outfits these days which frankly look ridiculous. My last four bosses included one who wore hiking boots and lumberjack shirts, another in sports team jerseys, a lady attorney who stepped from the pages of Vogue and the current one who wears a different $3000 suit with tie and cuff links five days per week. The underdressers were underperformers and the last two really, really have their act together. Mr Suit is an incredible executive who is also perfectionist who, for example, won’t drink from a plastic water bottle or cup at work, or allow a single stray paper on his desk. He is the smartest and hardest working boss I have had. He outdresses most people he meets. He also outworks and outthinks them. He definitely outspends them!

I think it depends on your industry or your role.

I had several high importance meetings yesterday with a few different industries and I wore my winter “power suit”, which is head to toe stretch merino wool with a pair of winter running shoes and I carry a back pack instead of a purse. It’s what I wore to my last job interview as well. Everyone else was wearing suits.

I also always try to walk to meetings, especially if it’s down to something horrifically cold like -40. Most people here hibernate and whine about the weather all winter, so it makes a serious impression when you *walk in* from the hostile outdoors.

I’m 35 but I look like I’m 19 and I have braces, lol,  so if I show up in a suit to meetings with middle aged men, then I look like a teenage girl who is trying too hard. So instead I turn up unapologetically looking like a college kid and then lean-the-hell-in.

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« Reply #268 on: January 23, 2018, 05:47:05 AM »
Become a licensed HVAC technician. Today my Hub got a postcard from a local HVAC company soliciting for employees. Hub is licensed in CT with an S1 HVAC license. All kinds of bennies, vacation, 401k, cell phone and most employees make $100K a year.

Oh, I forgot, and a $5,000 sign on bonus! This is the second offer from two different companies in just 3 months time. Both offered sign on bonus and $100K a year plus bennies.

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« Reply #269 on: January 23, 2018, 06:00:58 AM »
$100k is basically $50/hr.  Many skills can bill that and more (plumbers, electricians, etc).  Of course you can't be set up in some employment situation where you have a boss keeping half, though thats usually the best way to get some experience and a steady paycheck until you pull it off.

Nursing is one of those few things that seems to have high pay and flexibility of where you live and low risk steady paycheck working for an employer that makes enough to get rich while also paying you well (the medical field).

A good salesman's upside is only limited to their actual ability at what they do as long as they are wiling to move around to find the job that is smart enough to appreciate and compensate their ability.

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« Reply #270 on: January 23, 2018, 08:44:28 AM »
You can dress like a slob but overcome appearances with hard work and brains. You can act and sound like fool and try to hide behind a suit. But if you are sharp, well organized and sharp looking in your environment (whether that means a suit or a crisply pressed jump suit), you will feel and do better.

I agree that environment counts, but in technical fields a suit is usually frowned upon.  They pay me to do math.  Neckties clearly interfere with mathematical abilities.

At some jobs, the image IS the job.  A lawyer is representing, so how they look absolutely matters.  I understand the need for a particular costume for lawyers, and police officers, and real estate agents.  If being visible IS your job, then you should absolutely dress for it.  Even I dress up to look the part of the expert on days when I'm on tv or when I stand on a stage and talk to the public, but otherwise my jobs is to think hard, give good advice, and not be seen.  Tshirts are fine for that.

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« Reply #271 on: January 23, 2018, 09:06:20 AM »
You should not overlook the value of “looking the part.”  Sometimes the advice on here to cut your own hair or touch up your roots makes me laugh. I did some of that when I was younger and it is not going to work in Boston or New York.

That's one reason I enjoy CA, none of that matters.  All that matters is what you can do.  My old boss, who is worth north of 100 M dresses like your average person on the street.  It's very difficult to tell what people are worth or earn here based on appearance/clothes.  Even attorneys and bankers don't wear suits here.  I guess it's an East Coast/West Coast thing.

It's the same for Arizona, I wear jeans to work every day. But I do admit that it depends greatly on your field. Engineers are usually skeptical of anyone in a suit

I live in the UAE which is extremely hot for most of the year. I work for a government oil company and everyone has to wear professional clothes, men have to wear ties. No leggings, jeans or sweat pants allowed. Local people (Emiraties) have to wear their traditional dress, kandora (white robe) for men, and abaya for woman (black robe). Women put on a lot make up and wear expensive shoes along with expensive bags. Everything here is about appearances. My 2008 Honda CRV is looking too old next to their BMWs, Mercedes, even some guys have Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

The guy at the Doha, Qatar airport who checks visas and passports drives a Ferrari.  We were informed that the Emirati troops guarding our compound outside of Dubai made more money than our colonel.  Alongside the lesson in local economics, it was also a warning not to confuse our professional/social status in the US with what we could expect to accomplish in the Gulf.  We had Thanksgiving dinner with a group of American families in Kuwait who do 6-12 month tours working the oilfields.  These were already 6-figure managers who nearly doubled their salaries doing this rotation.

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« Reply #272 on: January 23, 2018, 10:13:57 AM »
You should not overlook the value of “looking the part.”  Sometimes the advice on here to cut your own hair or touch up your roots makes me laugh. I did some of that when I was younger and it is not going to work in Boston or New York. You are also not going to get away with thrift store clothes. You don’t have to have a lot but they need to be quality. I buy suits from Banana Republic and can often get on great sales. Trendy cuts and 100 percent wool with stretch. Sign up for their e-mails. They also have talls and petites. I changed my hair once and the first thing jealous boss asked me was whether I was after her job!

I'm in the office at my $200k+ job right now. :D


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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #273 on: January 23, 2018, 10:21:30 AM »
Luck and being friendly.

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« Reply #274 on: January 23, 2018, 10:27:39 AM »
Even attorneys and bankers don't wear suits here.  I guess it's an East Coast/West Coast thing.

By most standards the east coast is definitely much more image conscious.  It's a combination of vanity and insecurity, in my experience.  People who lack self confidence in their own abilities will try to compensate by putting on a costume to trick people into thinking they are more competent than they really are. 

The west coast is less quick to judge people based on costumes, perhaps because they have their own sort of well recognized fake image problem.  Dyed hair and a fake tan are just the west coast version of a suit and tie, and they're driven by the same desire to put up a certain image.  The difference is that the west coast desired image is sort of youthful and relaxed, and the east coast desired image is all wrapped up in undeserved self importance.
I'm not really sure if it's vanity/ insecurity, but more "this is how it's always been".

When I lived in DC, the requirement was to dress nice at work.  I was in the military but worked at one of the few places where we did not wear uniforms.  So, at my office men were required to wear ties and slacks, and women whatever the equivalent was.  I started in skirts and dresses but by year 5 was down to dress pants and blouses.  Men complained about the ties.  Whatever.  Within a few years of leaving, they went more casual, no ties.  That was the 1990s, who knows where they are now.  Many people we interacted with were military and they were in uniform.  So, in DC "everyone" dressed like that.

In California, my first job was way  more casual (manufacturing) - jeans and t-shirts, even sweats, because who sees what you are wearing in a bunny suit anyway?  Now 20 years later it's even more casual - shorts and flip flops if you aren't in the fab.  Of course, weather plays a role.  It's nice year round here, where in DC, wearing a suit would keep you warm right now.

I hate shopping, so recently I found myself wearing my nice dress slacks from 5-10 years ago.  Relatively timeless, though the flare at the ankle changes a lot for women, and I don't much care.  My current jeans were either too big or wearing out. Funny the looks you get in engineering when you start wearing slacks.  "Where's the interview?"  I've now moved "up" the chain a bit, so it doesn't hurt to dress a little nicer when the board members are in town.

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« Reply #275 on: January 23, 2018, 11:21:45 AM »
This discussion is reminding me of: http://theoatmeal.com/pl/minor_differences5/suit

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« Reply #276 on: January 23, 2018, 12:01:22 PM »
There's really only 4 assets in the financial space:

1. Paper assets (stock market)
2. Real estate
3. Business
4. Employment

All of those have income limitations except for one: Business. Business is the one category where the financial upside is unlimited.

And a business works because you solve another person/business problem who is willing and able to pay. Here's a great article on how to find a profitable business idea: https://growthlab.com/my-checklist-for-finding-a-profitable-business-idea/

Another great place to learn about turning up the income side of FI is at Brennan Dunn's Double Your Freelancing free course. It's unbelievably valuable. www.doubleyourfreelancing.com

PM me if you want to talk more about your situation and where you're trying to go.

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« Reply #277 on: January 23, 2018, 02:53:12 PM »
Thought of you all today when I read that hamburger shop managers make $160,000 per year on average with no diploma required.  Could be a good retirement side hustle if you have the energy. I believe there may be a dress code in case that is an issue for you.

http://www.businessinsider.com/in-n-out-employee-pay-2018-1

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« Reply #278 on: January 23, 2018, 03:12:01 PM »
All the dress code discussion makes me smile....I work from home, normally in my pajamas.
Working from home worth a lot of money in my opinion.

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« Reply #279 on: January 23, 2018, 05:31:42 PM »
All the dress code discussion makes me smile....I work from home, normally in my pajamas.
Working from home worth a lot of money in my opinion.


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« Reply #280 on: January 23, 2018, 09:07:54 PM »
There's really only 4 assets in the financial space:

1. Paper assets (stock market)
2. Real estate
3. Business
4. Employment

All of those have income limitations except for one: Business. Business is the one category where the financial upside is unlimited.

And a business works because you solve another person/business problem who is willing and able to pay. Here's a great article on how to find a profitable business idea: https://growthlab.com/my-checklist-for-finding-a-profitable-business-idea/

Another great place to learn about turning up the income side of FI is at Brennan Dunn's Double Your Freelancing free course. It's unbelievably valuable. www.doubleyourfreelancing.com

PM me if you want to talk more about your situation and where you're trying to go.

You forgot number 5, spamming.

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #281 on: January 23, 2018, 09:30:24 PM »



You forgot number 5, spamming.

Haha, post of the day.  Thank you for that.

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« Reply #282 on: January 24, 2018, 07:14:12 AM »
Sales....

I am in the minority I am sure. High School grad, started my own manufacturer rep firm 21 years ago with a partner.

It's a good gig but it certainly doesn't bring income in quickly. Typically as a rep, you are on commission for everything you sell. I am in tech, selling services for printed circuit board assembly, commission is 3.5%.  Other services like metal fabrication, cable assemblies etc, commission is higher 5-7%.

So developing a few lines, you can make a very nice living. Sales is the easiest way to earn a nice living without having to take on a mountain of student loans.

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« Reply #283 on: January 24, 2018, 07:17:26 AM »
Admittedly did not read the 6 pages before me but I work a job where most wouldn't expect 6 figures. Just crossed the 6 figure mark after 10 years of being a police officer. The 5 years before were all hovering around 90K. I do have a Master's Degree, but that only influences pay a bit. Someone could make the same in my department with just two years of undergrad. And it's a sweet/fun job, so that's cool.

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #284 on: January 24, 2018, 07:35:33 AM »
Admittedly did not read the 6 pages before me but I work a job where most wouldn't expect 6 figures. Just crossed the 6 figure mark after 10 years of being a police officer. The 5 years before were all hovering around 90K. I do have a Master's Degree, but that only influences pay a bit. Someone could make the same in my department with just two years of undergrad. And it's a sweet/fun job, so that's cool.

In the NYC suburbs, police commonly make six figures. That’s a job that depends heavily on geography to determine salaries.

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #285 on: January 24, 2018, 08:55:12 AM »
I work in Tech in a medium COL area, and find that salaries here top out around $150k, aside from upper management -- which I wouldn't consider 'Tech' based on the businesses here.  Seeing what folks in SV & elsewhere are making makes me question sticking around vs. relocating.

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #286 on: January 24, 2018, 09:33:07 AM »
You should not overlook the value of “looking the part.”  Sometimes the advice on here to cut your own hair or touch up your roots makes me laugh. I did some of that when I was younger and it is not going to work in Boston or New York. You are also not going to get away with thrift store clothes. You don’t have to have a lot but they need to be quality. I buy suits from Banana Republic and can often get on great sales. Trendy cuts and 100 percent wool with stretch. Sign up for their e-mails. They also have talls and petites. I changed my hair once and the first thing jealous boss asked me was whether I was after her job!

I'm in the office at my $200k+ job right now. :D

At least it is not ratty :)

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #287 on: January 24, 2018, 06:59:05 PM »
You should not overlook the value of “looking the part.”  Sometimes the advice on here to cut your own hair or touch up your roots makes me laugh. I did some of that when I was younger and it is not going to work in Boston or New York. You are also not going to get away with thrift store clothes. You don’t have to have a lot but they need to be quality. I buy suits from Banana Republic and can often get on great sales. Trendy cuts and 100 percent wool with stretch. Sign up for their e-mails. They also have talls and petites. I changed my hair once and the first thing jealous boss asked me was whether I was after her job!

I'm in the office at my $200k+ job right now. :D

At least it is not ratty :)

I just got that shirt, it hasn't had a chance to get ratty yet. :)

Some people in my office look like homeless people TBH, they're taking west coast casual a little too far.

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #288 on: January 24, 2018, 08:09:59 PM »
Sales profession has made me over 100k most of the last 20 years.  I am thankful I did not adopt the flashy lifestyle to go with it, and invested instead.  :)

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #289 on: January 24, 2018, 09:39:26 PM »
After 4 years in the Air Force I found out my same job paid over 6 figures as a civilian. I was lucky that I had a lot of friends who were already out and working for companies that were hiring.

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #290 on: January 24, 2018, 11:06:31 PM »
How about how NOT to make $100,000 a year..... worry about or have the goal of making minimum wage.

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #291 on: January 25, 2018, 03:28:04 AM »
Union job with excellent benefits plus OT can easily get you there.

Also a City Government job with years of service can get you a high salary either just below $100K or more. Plus you may also still get a pension and lots of other great perks such as 12 paid sick days a year and low health care costs.

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #292 on: January 25, 2018, 06:42:16 AM »
In California, my first job was way  more casual (manufacturing) - jeans and t-shirts, even sweats, because who sees what you are wearing in a bunny suit anyway?  Now 20 years later it's even more casual - shorts and flip flops if you aren't in the fab. 

When I started working in a fab (early 90s), us engineers still had to wear shirt & tie underneath the cleanroom suits. Was pretty much gone by the mid 90s though.

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #293 on: January 25, 2018, 09:14:04 AM »
In California, my first job was way  more casual (manufacturing) - jeans and t-shirts, even sweats, because who sees what you are wearing in a bunny suit anyway?  Now 20 years later it's even more casual - shorts and flip flops if you aren't in the fab. 

When I started working in a fab (early 90s), us engineers still had to wear shirt & tie underneath the cleanroom suits. Was pretty much gone by the mid 90s though.
Looks like I just made it!  First fab job 1997.

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #294 on: January 25, 2018, 12:32:33 PM »
Academia could work,
I'm guessing that the most abundant 100k job in the country is something boring like "manager" or "supervisor" and is therefore largely independent of industry choice.  Go to work for a large corporation.  Work hard, be dependable, slowly climb the corporate ladder, graduate from doing the work to supervising the people who do the work, and bam you're there. 


Any pharma sales reps in this thread...?  I feel like you have to certain kind of personality (and perhaps age/look) for that type of job for sure. 

Totally agree. And I am one of them. Nevertheless, some industries pay better than the other.

Ditto both points. I'd put tech on the list of industries that pay well

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #295 on: January 25, 2018, 02:17:44 PM »
All the dress code discussion makes me smile....I work from home, normally in my pajamas.
Working from home worth a lot of money in my opinion.

That's fabulous! Is the beer tasty?
(wfh but actually got dressed today, jeans and a nice sweater)

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #296 on: January 25, 2018, 09:12:07 PM »
All the dress code discussion makes me smile....I work from home, normally in my pajamas.
Working from home worth a lot of money in my opinion.

That's fabulous! Is the beer tasty?
(wfh but actually got dressed today, jeans and a nice sweater)

Really good beer. Most of the craft IPAs in the PacNW are pretty high alcohol, like 8.5-9%. The work from home stuff is 4.2%, perfect for working on bikes. New drivetrain and new brakes. Damn, I guess that technically means I *WAS* working from home instead of slacking. :(

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #297 on: January 26, 2018, 01:07:50 AM »
Admittedly did not read the 6 pages before me but I work a job where most wouldn't expect 6 figures. Just crossed the 6 figure mark after 10 years of being a police officer. The 5 years before were all hovering around 90K. I do have a Master's Degree, but that only influences pay a bit. Someone could make the same in my department with just two years of undergrad. And it's a sweet/fun job, so that's cool.
Wait! You're saying that "being a police officer" is "a sweet/fun job"? Care to elaborate?

Edited to fix wonky quoting.
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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #298 on: January 26, 2018, 06:58:47 AM »
Jaguar can reply with his thoughts, but a good friend of mine just switched careers at 40 and is now highway patrol. He *LOVES* his new job compared to his former career which he described as soul crushing. He patrols an area by himself. No boss looking over his shoulder. While he does pull over and write tickets it's generally just speeders. He responds to accidents more than anything else (mountain ski town) and that of course is a situation where you're there to bring order to chaos and help out on what is someone's worst day in a while. His wife and kid are proud of him. He's got a job for life and great bennies. Obviously results might vary if you were a cop in Compton or something. :D

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Re: How do people make $100+ salary?
« Reply #299 on: January 26, 2018, 01:56:28 PM »
Perhaps you didn't realize, but you completely contradicted yourself in two adjacent posts:


Interesting, I find it mind blowing to find those who focus more on what they wear than on performance.

In my experience, the real high end pros in most fields don't care about appearances.  It's usually the wannabes that do.


Agreed, very much this.  We call them monkey suits.  I'm very weary working with any professional that appears to be trying too hard with his/her appearance.  In my field people won't even work with you if you are over dressed.

Appearance does matter. But it's not a single appearance (ie a suit) - it's wearing what is appropriate for the work location and local culture.