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Do You Remember Your First Pay Packet?  
User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

Your first real full time job, after you left school, how much did you take home after a week?

1973, I got £11 and had to work Saturday Mornings as well. I thought I was loaded. I tell my kids that and they laugh. I wish I was that rich now...

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User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1627 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2310 times:

Can't remember the total, but I was on £2.75 / hour at Waitrose! Left after a month or so because I hated it and went to work in a sport shop for a pay cut down to £2.34. Still felt rich!


All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

I was on a Youth Training scheme in a travel agent, earning £25 per week, that was 9 years ago now.

User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5359 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

are you trying to rub it in?? I start fulltime on monday after doing part time for the past two weeks, and ive got to wait a hole month for the next pay check  Sad

That'll teach you
User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

I was helping out a friend of mine's mom, who was the promotion director of Alameda Mall in Houston, in 1977, by running one of those kiddie trains. Made about $30 for two days of work.

My 11 year old daughter just earned her first "paycheck". We had bought some new furniture, and she took a great interest in the owner of the furniture store, who was unloading the truck. She asked the man if she could help. I took him aside, and let him know it was okay, but if she got in the way, to give me a me a nod, and I'd have her sit down. She carried stuff for him, helped assemble a bed frame, and stayed right behind him, the whole time. I was amazed as she has great difficulty completing tasks. When they were done, he gave her $5, and said that she works harder than his set up crew. She asked how old one had to be to work for him, during the summer, and he told her to give him a call when she was older.

If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2286 times:

I do, it was 3 years ago! I think it was about £600 for my first month, not bad for a 16 year old. Still at the same company too.

TriStarEnvy, great story there! Glad to see your kid has some enthusiasm to some hard work!  Smile

Justin Big grin

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2282 times:

I work in Human Resources area. My random pick result:

One worker started working in year 1972 - his hourly rate: $5.07

33 years later (right now) his hourly rate: $35.58

Airliners.net of the Future
User currently offlineArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3925 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

I got my first full time job during the summer when I was 16. I worked 8-5 Monday-Friday installing customer accessories and preparing new cars to be sold. I got paid 5.75 an hour.

User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

I bussed and washed dishes at an ice cream parlor/restaurant starting in the summer of 1977. Those were some nasty, sticky, dishes!!! I made minimum wage which at the time I believe was $2.75. Anyhow I thought it was a big deal when minimum wage went to $3.10!!

User currently offlineTheredbaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 3327 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

My first job was at Apple Computer in 1985, I entered the company on March 9 and for some weird reason and tax things my firts pay was made on the 30 of april (so I recieved 40 days of salary), since at that tim eI still lived with my parents and I had no $$$$ obligations I didnt care about the delay, I recieved USD$2115.00 that was a FORTUNE (at that time), I have been very lucky, but those years at Apple were like Disneyland...

The best seat in a Plane is the Jumpseat.
User currently offlineSacflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

I was 16 and got a job at a Hungry Hunter restaurant. I ended up quitting the job after a little more than a week because they were violating child labor laws.

Working full time including 8 hour days after school from 4:30-12:30. (Illegal x3)
I didn't get a single break the entire time I was there. (Illegal)

Plus, I was still wearing an immobilizer on my leg from dislocating my knee at school and having to work on my feet for 8 hours was agony.

But when I got that first check for $119, I swore that it was all worth it. But, it wasn't.

I then got a dream job working at a Malibu Grand Prix. I had a great time there for a few years.

I'm just happy that RR ratings can't be in negative numbers!
User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12976 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

Yes I do, got around $400-$800 per week, depending on how much over time I did, just a pity you didn't get extra pay for stress caused by the job.

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

My first pay cheque was for ZAR617.00 (about GBP52.00 these days, although quite a lot more back then !) for the month of July 1985. I was working at Cargo Accounts (International Inbound) at SAA, and I thought it was Christmas on a happy day ! Woohoo - I went out and bought a TV  Smile

User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2186 times:

When I left college in 1974 I went to work for Trust House Forte as an Assistant Manager at a hotel in Broadstairs. My pay was £13 for a 6.5 days week. Hours, 7.30am-2pm + 6pm 'til close of the bar, usually around midnight. On average I put in an 80 hour week, and it was bloody hard work, particularly through the summer season. It was live-in and had all meals provided, so I suppose you could put the weekly wage up to about £20 before tax!

I also did a couple of stints as a chef and lasted about 4 years before I decided there was more to life than the split shifts and low pay of the catering industry. It's no wonder I came across so many broken marriages and alcoholics in those few years. The many TV reality programmes you see these days seem to glamourise the industry, they may reflect the top end at the celebrity restaurants. However, I bet the average hotel or restaurant hasn't changed it work practices or pay structure that much in the 30 years since I was there.  worried 

User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2182 times:

My first pay packet was gone by the time i brought a rtn ticket ont eh train, and lunch at work, it was about £5 6 years to work all day in a fish and chip cafe. Good job, but strange pay considering i ended up out of pocket as the train cost £5.20 rtn. Only did it for 2 weeks though

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Can Never Forget.
It was on 1st August 1992.Rs 2222.50.
It was a big Amount for me,as those were tough days.
Handed it over to my Parents.Their smile said it all.

Think of the brighter side!
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