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Would you say a 40K salary is poor?

I just got my first official physicist job in a lab and my salary would be 40K. After 10 years of service, it will get promoted to 50K. Would you consider this to be poor and not worth it?

Asked By: - 4/8/2011
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It is not high, but, for a physicist, not bad. Physicists simply don't make all that much money. Which sucks, considering what it takes to become one... More
Answered By: capitalgentleman - 4/8/2011
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I think it is kind of poor. I am a nursing student and when I graduate with a BN I will start at 60k
Answered By: jj133 - 4/8/2011
 
if your saying you will only be getting a total amount of 40k in 10 years then yeah that is low, my dad make about 50k a year
Answered By: Nicholas - 4/8/2011
 
If it is just you and you are not supporting a family or anything else, then it is about middle class If not then a bit.
Answered By: Tay - 4/8/2011
 
Due to economic conditions employers are not paying higher salaries. Also, as you stated this is your first official physicist job. I think you are doing pretty good. There is however, one point I need to mention, do not set your sites on staying with one company. Once you are experienced, you will have a chance... More
Answered By: Irishgal59 - 4/8/2011
 
If it is only you then it is fine for a start. Also need to consider benefits, vacation and any other perks. And must consider the value this position/company can have in the long-run of your career. These things are just as important as the $40,000.
Answered By: Eli.K - 4/8/2011
 
When I started working as chemist in an enviromental lab i started out only making 25k, but today i make 70k working in an industrial lab... don't compare yourself with jobs in the government sector, those mutherfcukers are a bunch of leaches to the real economy and get higher salaries than private sector workers for... More
Answered By: Silverbolt - 4/8/2011
 
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