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First salary: 'It meant pride, freedom, independence'

December 15, 2019 09:00 IST
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We'd asked you, dear readers, to tell us what your first salary was and what it meant to you at the time.
reader Bill, 37 from New York, US shares his story:

First salary

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I got my first summer job in July 2005.

I was an electrician on campus at The State University of New York and received $440 biweekly.

It meant pride, freedom, independence, ability, being your own man and of course wealth!

I still have the NY state pay stubs and annual wage statements.

I was majoring in engineering, earning a salary of $10.98 per hour.

I splurged a bit at some Irish pubs (wing nights and beers rocked), saved the rest of it and sent it right back to the state next semester in tuition.

I sent a part of it home too.

A significant other was a luxury for a student, which one couldn't think of affording then.

The state refunded me the taxes at year-end too, so no net losses!


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When did you receive it? Which year was it?

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What did it mean to you at the time? Tell us all about it.

What was your first job and salary? And how did you spend it?

Did you buy a sari for your mum or a gift for your girl/boyfriend?

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