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Posted: 6/16/2003 6:23:35 PM EDT
I don't know, maybe it's the profession I'm in (construction). And maybe the fact that I work by the foot, so the faster I work the more I make hourly. But people always seem concerned with how much money I make. Homeowners, builders, and guys in other trades as well. They're ALWAYS coming up to me asking me how much money I make. Either hourly, weekly, or by the year. Like it's any of their freaken business. The worst is when builders bitch because "you boys make too much money!", because they are stunned by how fast we can hang. First of all, I know they're making more than I am, so what the fuck? And secondly, they agreed to the bid before hand, but since we're doing it too fast we're "making too much"? Very fucking aggrevating. Is it just construction, or do you guys have the same problem?
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 6:25:15 PM EDT
Yes, and I always say "not enough"
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 6:33:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Belfry_Express: Yes, and I always say "not enough"
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Ditto. It's the perfect response to that intrusive question.
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 6:33:45 PM EDT
It's rude and obnoxious to ask someone how much they make. I was on a construction job when some guy who operated a backhoe we hired asked how much we (the three laborers) made. I just said 50% more than in town. That was me, my coworkers made 100% more than that. If you get paid according to your productivity, great.
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 6:34:51 PM EDT
It is not just construction. The business of America is business, as the saying goes, and what you earn or what you are "worth" is the measure of you. You may choose one career path over another, but it boils down to that. It is hard to quantify happiness, but everyone knows what a dollar is worth.
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 6:40:41 PM EDT
only when they need a good laugh.................
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 6:40:52 PM EDT
Heck, my pay is a matter of public record. I don't mind telling anyone (and it isn't bad; makes a good recruiting tool).
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 6:54:02 PM EDT
Yeah, I don't care telling anyone who asks. Not a big deal really. I'm not competing with anyone or paid by productivity though.
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 6:56:57 PM EDT
All the time. My answer is: "I'm not drivin' a Ferrari but I can eat steak."
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 6:59:16 PM EDT
I have a few friends who are somewhat greedy and focused on who makes what. One of them asked me and I told him to fuck off. The only people that need to know what I am bringing home are my wife, my accountant and the MAN. This friend is in the cotton business. He has a college degree but nothing higher. He asks one of our attorney buddies (who had to go to school for more years to practice his trade) how much he made and the attorney made the mistake of telling him. So on Monday the cotton boy goes into his boss's office and asks for a raise. [ROFL2] [ROFL2] [ROFL2] What a jackass.
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 7:50:14 PM EDT
Women always ask how much I make, but they are sneaky about it.. Her: "Where do you live" Acceptable answers:"Coto De Caza, Newport Beach, Dana Point" Unacceptable answers:"Stanton, Santa Ana, San Clemente" Her: "What do you drive" Acceptable answers: "Corvette, BMW, Mercedes" Unacceptable answers: "Camero, Kia, Escort" It would be easier if they just asked to see a pay stub...
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 8:33:41 PM EDT
Was back in MI in 1983 visiting the first wife's family. Her cousin had a town named after him and he was the principle of the local high school. Him and his bitchy wife asked us out for drinks so we went. They take us to their favorite watering hole, and he orders the first round. When the waitress comes he pulls out a few bills and makes a big show of paying the tab. Here it comes "Hey Ed, I make $35K and a town is named after my family, how much do you make?" "Well as a Jailer, I only made $24K last year but then I made another $16K in overtime. Plus I made another $30K as a Plumber." I then pulled out $3000 and paid for the next round and me and the wife left. ED
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 8:43:37 PM EDT
Yes they do and I stopped telling them, either they get pissed or they want a loan. I make it but I don't get to keep it all, as you know the more you make the more you spend and the more uncle sam wants your ass.
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 8:52:03 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/16/2003 9:30:09 PM EDT
Private paramedics make ~$9/hr in Southern California. I often got asked by women I was trying to date "So, I bet you make a lot with all your overtime, huh?" When I told them the truth the conversation went sour every time. Of course it also went sour when they asked "So, what's the worst thing you've ever seen?" and I told 'em. Just can't win.
Link Posted: 6/16/2003 9:38:03 PM EDT
Its kinda like that in farming only with acres.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 1:48:27 AM EDT
I have people all the time that tell me they know I do not make much money doing what I do for a living. Then they begin to tell me how much they make.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 2:07:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By M1-Ed: Was back in MI in 1983 visiting the first wife's family. Her cousin had a town named after him and he was the principle of the local high school. Him and his bitchy wife asked us out for drinks so we went. They take us to their favorite watering hole, and he orders the first round. When the waitress comes he pulls out a few bills and makes a big show of paying the tab. Here it comes "Hey Ed, I make $35K and a town is named after my family, how much do you make?" "Well as a Jailer, I only made $24K last year but then I made another $16K in overtime. Plus I made another $30K as a Plumber." I then pulled out $3000 and paid for the next round and me and the wife left. ED
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Dude, what the hell were you guys drinking? Three grand? That's a ton of booze.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 2:54:12 AM EDT
I am just about the only one of my groups of friends from back home that went to college, and I make more, and sometimes double, what my friends make. They can see by the toys I have and the things I do for fun that the money is there, but they never ask what I make. One thing I have noticed, living in South Florida, is that the Spanish cultures have no problem asking you what something costs. I can't go for a ride on my Harley without some spanish guy asking "how much", or go shooting, some spanish guy sees my holster "how much". That gets a little annoying.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 3:13:15 AM EDT
Yep. I get annoyed when people start asking "How much do you make?", "How much did you pay for your house?", "Are you refinancing?, and all that crap. I just say "It's personal and I don't discuss it." What I make feeds my family, it doesn't define who I am.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 3:58:52 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/17/2003 4:43:37 AM EDT
Most of my friends are engineers or have degrees and look down on folks without the same. About that time I ask them if they want to go for a drive in my Lexus or their 1995 Ford Exploder. That usually shuts them up... C4
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 4:49:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By C4iGrant: Most of my friends are engineers or have degrees and look down on folks without the same. About that time I ask them if they want to go for a drive in my Lexus or their 1995 Ford Exploder. That usually shuts them up... C4
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Sounds like you need some new friends. Either that or a shrink.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 4:52:58 AM EDT
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Well they don't do it to me because they know how much I make. I see them doing it to others at parties or other social gatherings... C4 P.S. Your right, I probably do need new friends...
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:59:17 AM EDT
Outside of work I don't care about anyone asking and I don't mind telling. I don't think it's that big of a deal, everybody knows that some people make more and some people make less. At work I won't discuss it with anyone except peers and above because our payscale is so much higer than some people that we work around it's kind of embarrassing to let them know how much we really make compared to them. I don't see what the big secret is unless you're absolutely worthless and are way overpaid for your abilities.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 7:11:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By C4iGrant: Most of my friends are engineers or have degrees and look down on folks without the same. About that time I ask them if they want to go for a drive in my Lexus or their 1995 Ford Exploder. That usually shuts them up... C4
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I am still wondering what is so special about a 1995 Ford Exploder or a Lexus... ?
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 7:14:41 AM EDT
Buy the nicest house you can afford, and the cheapest car possible. BTW, Lexus's are POS. Get something fun next time.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 7:17:40 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AR15fan: Women always ask how much I make, but they are sneaky about it.. Her: "Where do you live" Acceptable answers:"Coto De Caza, Newport Beach, Dana Point" Unacceptable answers:"Stanton, Santa Ana, San Clemente"...
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[ROFL2] I am familiar with the phenomenon. Luckily for the moment I [i]work[/i] in La Jolla. When women ask were I live I tell them "South Park", which is true. Only the ones who also live in or near South Park believe me. The rest think I am BSing, and that's just as well because I wouldn't want to get involved with someone with no sense of humor.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 8:11:34 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Belfry_Express: Buy the nicest house you can afford, and the cheapest car possible.
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Why?
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 8:18:17 AM EDT
Originally Posted By norman74:
Originally Posted By Belfry_Express: Buy the nicest house you can afford, and the cheapest car possible.
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Why?
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Because no matter how much you pay for that car, it will be damn near worthless in 25 years. The house, on the other hand, will double in value. You wouldn't invest in a company that was going out of business, would you?
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 9:34:30 AM EDT
happens to me sometimes "enough" is my answer
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 9:37:47 AM EDT
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
Originally Posted By norman74:
Originally Posted By Belfry_Express: Buy the nicest house you can afford, and the cheapest car possible.
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Why?
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Because no matter how much you pay for that car, it will be damn near worthless in 25 years. The house, on the other hand, will double in value. You wouldn't invest in a company that was going out of business, would you?
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Sounds pretty boring.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 9:48:04 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Astrogoth: Private paramedics make ~$9/hr in Southern California. I often got asked by women I was trying to date "So, I bet you make a lot with all your overtime, huh?" When I told them the truth the conversation went sour every time. Of course it also went sour when they asked "So, what's the worst thing you've ever seen?" and I told 'em. Just can't win.
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9 bucks an hour? Come to Wisconsin. We'll pay you what you're worth. Most of our basics make more then that.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 6:10:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ponyboy: Outside of work I don't care about anyone asking and I don't mind telling. I don't think it's that big of a deal, everybody knows that some people make more and some people make less. At work I won't discuss it with anyone except peers and above because our payscale is so much higer than some people that we work around it's kind of embarrassing to let them know how much we really make compared to them. I don't see what the big secret is unless you're absolutely worthless and are way overpaid for your abilities.
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It's not that it should be a big "secret". But at the same time, I can't figure out for the life of me why so many people are so fucking worried about my income either. Is it really that much of their business? And as far as someone being "way overpaid for their abilities", that is the crap that annoys me the most. It's funny, I've heard many builders and contractors tell me "you boys make too much money", after seeing how fast we work. They seem to think I'm overpaid. But for some strange reason I've never seen them hang a sheet of drywall. Funny how that works.
Link Posted: 6/17/2003 8:54:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By darealickt: Dude, what the hell were you guys drinking? Three grand? That's a ton of booze.
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No I didn't pay $3 grand. He had pulled out a handful and made a big show of it. And it pissed me off. So when I paid I just pulled out everything I had which was $3k. BTW: Once when I was hauling race horses, me and my buddies stopped at this gas station. Went in to pay for the gas and pulled out a $100 bill. The cashier, a real good looking gal said "I've seen $100's before boy's so don't try to impress me." I said "I'm sorry that all I had was $100's". She said "Sure". I then pulled $10,000 out of my pocket, all 100 dollar bills. She wanted to go home with me. ED
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 2:23:43 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By ShamusMcOI:
Originally Posted By Ponyboy: Outside of work I don't care about anyone asking and I don't mind telling. I don't think it's that big of a deal, everybody knows that some people make more and some people make less. At work I won't discuss it with anyone except peers and above because our payscale is so much higer than some people that we work around it's kind of embarrassing to let them know how much we really make compared to them. I don't see what the big secret is unless you're absolutely worthless and are way overpaid for your abilities.
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It's not that it should be a big "secret". But at the same time, I can't figure out for the life of me why so many people are so fucking worried about my income either.
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Because people are curious by nature. You can't honestly tell me that you've never wondered how much money somebody else makes. The news is full of articles on how much this person makes, or how much that person makes. Just last week I was reading an article about how much the senators make and their estimated worths.
Is it really that much of their business?
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I guess it isn't if you want to keep it a big secret.
And as far as someone being "way overpaid for their abilities", that is the crap that annoys me the most. It's funny, I've heard many builders and contractors tell me "you boys make too much money", after seeing how fast we work.
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I get paid for what I know, and not always what I do. Sometimes I'll sit around doing jack shit all day long and get paid big money for not hitting a lick all day, but I'm there just in case. I can easily make $250 sitting on my ass before I ever have to do anything. Is that too much money?
They seem to think I'm overpaid. But for some strange reason I've never seen them hang a sheet of drywall. Funny how that works.
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No it isn't. Everybody seems to think that professional sports players are overpaid, but I've never seen anyone that bitches about it on TV playing with themselves, much less a sport. The same people say that CEOs are overpaid, but I've never seen them run a company. I'd say that a $20/hr ditch digger is overpaid, but there ain't no way in hell you'd get my ass out in the July Texas heat digging ditches for $20/hr. I don't see what is so funny about it. Just because you say that someone is overpaid, it doesn't mean that they are or that you would, or are even capable of doing their job. I just think you worry too much about little stuff...
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 4:31:40 AM EDT
Energizer, well since you don't know me or my background, the car thing doesn't make any sense to you. I do not have a degree and have made it in a world surrounded by engineers and folks with computer science degrees. I make more money than they do and didn't have to go to school for 5 years which really chaps their ass... Belfry_Express, while I appreciate your most likely "from experience" opinion of my car being a "POS" I would have to strongly disagree with you. Lexus auto's are some of the best on the road. I also agree that you should put your money into something that appreciates (house) and not a car. I have a nice house as well... C4
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 4:46:15 AM EDT
If someone asks that I don't know. I ask them why they want to know. If they have a good reason I will tell them only if they tell me what I want to know. I think there is a time and a place for sharing information. Doesnt bother me at all.
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 5:00:19 AM EDT
I agree with you Baddog. I find it very interesting to hear what folks make in different career fields.... C4
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 6:13:51 AM EDT
They pay me enough to get my arse out of bed every mornin...
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Link Posted: 6/18/2003 7:17:10 AM EDT
I married my wife and she is a conservative as am I in a family of liberals. I was asked one day what we make and I promptly replied. "I pay enough taxes [argue] (38% Tax Bracket)to make sure you and your liberal friends can take from those that have something and give to those who don't so everyone is equal. I wouldn't want your friends to get a job or anything that wouldn't be fair." [pissed] Most of the time if I am asked, I ask them to tell me what they make, and then respond with I do well enough, thanks for asking.
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 7:32:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By C4iGrant: I do not have a degree and have made it in a world surrounded by engineers and folks with computer science degrees. I make more money than they do and didn't have to go to school for 5 years which really chaps their ass...
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Please don't take this the wrong way, as it's meant as an honest question. How old are you in relation to them? I know that Superindendents on my job are in thier 50's, and make more than me. Many of them have no college at all. However, the VP of operations that is over my project is in his 40's, and makes more than them. It's important to compare apples to apples.
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 7:35:11 AM EDT
I've rarely been asked how much I make. When asked, though, I generally reply, "None of your business," since, of course, it is nobody's business but mine and my company's. However, if someone starts the whole, "I make more than you" crap, I generally respond, "Probably not, but who gives a shit?"
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 9:19:16 AM EDT
"I'm paid for what I know, not what I do." The last guy who said that around here was fired. That is damned hard to do. Here, if the septic tank needs shovelling or trees need cutting, don't be surprised to see the superintendant out there doing it with the laborers. I wager he makes a hell of a lot more than me. Don't be caught sitting on your muff when the superintendant is working.
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 9:56:18 AM EDT
Norman74, no hostility taken. My friends are the same age as I or are within a year.. C4
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 10:47:47 AM EDT
C4iGrant, I also know engineers, software developers, etc. who have been able to "get by" without a degree. Someone gives them a chance, and they are able to run with it and do pretty well without a degree. I also know several people with degrees, certifications, etc., who can't do sh*t. I have family that didn't have degrees when they started working... and have been doing really well. In fact, some companies will hire you, pay you to go to school, get your degree, and then give you a raise.
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 11:14:20 AM EDT
Energizer, I agree with you. I know lots of folks with certs and degreees that I wouldn't let use my pocket calculator! Just goes to show you that you can do be anything you want to be in this world if you work for it... C4
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 11:16:27 AM EDT
I never get asked directly... I do remember when I got transferred to St. Louis, Mo. to work for SWB Mobile Systems. I often got asked "what school did you go to?" I would tell them what college I had attended. They would then say no..."What HS did you go to?" I would aswer and then the "ohh you didn't grow up in St. Louis." Next question was where do you live(as in N,S,E,or West). I got this ALL the time. I finally asked a guy I worked with what the deal was. He informed me that this was a way to sum up what you were worth and your family background. He did tell me that I should make it a point to say that I lived "out west". You guys in St. Louis may know what i'm talking about.
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