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creek14
01-08-2006, 10:15 AM
At your first job? I was just reading an article where a guy said he was paid once a month and brought home $275 a month. :eek:

My first job in high school was at a Lawson's (similar to UDF). I made $1.65 and hour.

My first job out of college I made $4.65 an hour working on a Psych inpatient unit at a hospital.

I don't remember my hourly rate at my second job, which was at a domestic abuse shelter, but we were paid montly and I brought home $711 a month. I had a knife pulled on me, a gun aimed at me, and a bomb wired to my car in that job. All that for 700 bucks. :help:

RFS62
01-08-2006, 10:53 AM
I had a knife pulled on me, a gun aimed at me, and a bomb wired to my car in that job. :help:


And NONE of that ugliness would have been necessary had you just agreed to go out with me, dammit.


I made $1 an hour on my first job, in the summer between my sophomore and junior year in high school. I ran a roto-tiller, busting up very hard soil. It nearly shook me to death the three weeks I worked for this guy.

But, it enabled me to buy those new spikes from Sears, the ones Ted Williams endorsed, 'cause he was on their advisory board, you know. Bought a cool fly rod too.

westofyou
01-08-2006, 10:56 AM
My first job was at the Mariemont Theater - $2.25 an hour, 30 hours a week.

Once I delivered Auto Parts and made $4.00 an hour... after a year I got a 25 cent raise.

I quit.

Dom Heffner
01-08-2006, 11:09 AM
I made $3.50 an hour working at Ayer Electric on Duck Creek Road.

Once the Summer was over I took a pay cut to work for Sporty's Pilot Shop
at the Clermont County Airport: $3.44/hour.

This was 1985, I believe.

KittyDuran
01-08-2006, 11:17 AM
$2.50/hour in 1979. (still have my tax returns) I worked as a receptionist/secretary in a non-profit counseling agency. I remember my oldest sister making $5/hour doing the same job for the county Board of Elections and then quiting before the year was up because she couldn't take the stress.... :thumbdown


I don't remember my hourly rate at my second job, which was at a domestic abuse shelter, but we were paid montly and I brought home $711 a month. I had a knife pulled on me, a gun aimed at me, and a bomb wired to my car in that job. All that for 700 bucks. Never had any of that but would get some wild looking husbands wanting to know where their wives were (if the wives went to the women's shelter) - I remember one wearing a heavy wool coat and never taking his hands out of his pockets. I called security, but he had already left when they arrived. The office building was opened in the morning around 5:30 but the office didn't open until 8 - so anyone could come in - mostly what we got was homeless people coming in out of the cold/heat.

guttle11
01-08-2006, 11:19 AM
I was a caddy and made about $30-$35 a round. Around $8 an hour. Then started carrying doubles and would make $60-$70 a round. Cash. It's the way to go.

MrCinatit
01-08-2006, 11:57 AM
in high school, i worked very briefly as a dishwasher at a local restaurant for about 3 bucks an hour, at most.
thing was, they had me punching out under some other guy's timecard. thought that was kind of fishy and left.
oh...i never DID get paid for that job. but, i'm betting the other guy did

savafan
01-08-2006, 02:05 PM
I had a paper route, and made $30 a week. If that doesn't count, then my first actual non-paper route job was unloading trucks at Meijer for $5.50 an hour.

Sean_CaseyRules
01-08-2006, 02:17 PM
My first job was this past summer, about a month before 2-a-days started, i worked for my neighbors construction company and made $10/hr.

deltachi8
01-08-2006, 02:38 PM
1986, McDonalds, $3.35/hr.

I quit 6 months later to umpire Little League Games at $10/game.

savafan
01-08-2006, 02:57 PM
My first job in high school was at a Lawson's (similar to UDF). I made $1.65 and hour.



And for the record, we had a Lawson's in Piqua when I was growing up. It became a Dairy Mart though, sometime around 1990-1992.

919191
01-08-2006, 03:08 PM
And for the record, we had a Lawson's in Piqua when I was growing up. It became a Dairy Mart though, sometime around 1990-1992.


I started out working as a delivery guy in a non-chain drug store in 1976. I made $1.87 an hour. I drove around alot, and the drug store had a tremendous liquor business. I spent alot of time delivering liquor. I would drive around with cases of liquor iin the back of a hatchback to all the rich folks houses. Never once did a cop pull me over with all that booze in the car. That had to be illegal as heck!

This store (in Rushville, In) was back then (in pre-Ticketmaster days) a Reds ticket outlet. Gordy Coleman would stop in occaisionally and chat while making his rounds. He was a really jovial guy.

Caveat Emperor
01-08-2006, 03:22 PM
My first regularly paying job was at a local movie theatre in Northern Virginia, making $6.50/hr. When I moved back to Cincinnati, I worked summers in college at another movie theatre here, eventually "retiring" from the summer job biz at $9.75/hr.

Not bad, considering all I did was stand around and order kids younger than me to do work. :laugh:

BoydsOfSummer
01-08-2006, 04:44 PM
Grocery stock clerk for minimum -I believe it was $3.35 at that time.

letsgojunior
01-08-2006, 05:47 PM
I made $10 an hour as a secretary in high school. I made the same amount as a research assistant in undergrad. Additionally, I did some babysitting as favors to my parents' friends. One of my mom's friends had me babysit her toddler daughter from 5 pm - 1 AM, and then slipped me a bill as I walked out the door. It was a $20 (for 8 hours of babysitting). Keep in mind this was the year 2000 I believe.

Rojo
01-08-2006, 06:28 PM
My first regularly paying job was at a local movie theatre in Northern Virginia

Hey, so was mine, Circle Theater in Fairfax. $3.35/hour.

Redsland
01-08-2006, 06:37 PM
Wendy's.

And, yes, I still eat there. :)

StillFunkyB
01-08-2006, 07:09 PM
Burger King. $4.25 an hour.

I don't eat there.

WVRedsFan
01-08-2006, 07:11 PM
First job- caddy at golf club - $10 for 18 holes in 1964.

My first real job was at A&P (The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. for those who have never seen an A&P from 1965-1967. I worked on weekends and made 1.865 an hour. After that I worked summers for my dad on the railroad as a laborer when I was in college for $7 an hour.

My first job out of college was my first teaching job in which I made all of $475 per month. That was 1972, and I thought I had enough to buy a car. Silly me.

Caveat Emperor
01-08-2006, 07:51 PM
Hey, so was mine, Circle Theater in Fairfax. $3.35/hour.

Reston Multiplex, Reston Town Center. :thumbup:

westofyou
01-08-2006, 07:55 PM
Reston Multiplex, Reston Town Center. :thumbup:
Back in my day you had to operate the projectors and do the film build, then sell tickets, clean up vomit, sell popcorn and wear a tie.

It was great.

GAC
01-08-2006, 08:18 PM
Paperboy for 5 years. Had about 125 customers. Made anywhere from $15-20 week. In High School I also worked at a couple local restaurants as a busboy part time. Made .90/hr

Heath
01-08-2006, 09:23 PM
$5/ game as the local public address announcer for my 1-19 HS basketball team.

$5/hour bailing hay.

$3.80/hr working at MickeyD's.

Then $4.50.hr to sell shoes at a sporting goods store & 1/2 tuition paid as a college radio sports director.

I miss the smell of burnt oil & fries.

RosieRed
01-08-2006, 09:39 PM
My first job was at McDonald's, but I'm having trouble remembering how much I made then. $3.85/hr? $4.15/hr? It was in 1991.

My first "rea" job out of college, I was salaried at $17K. That was in 1998.

Cyclone792
01-08-2006, 09:47 PM
Caddy in the mid 90s while in junior high school and I made approx. $30 a round, though it varied depending on the tip. In high school in the late 90s I was a warehouse associate and started at $7.70, and when I quit about nine months later was up around $8.25.

LawFive
01-08-2006, 09:57 PM
When I was 12 I started as a soccer referee, $6/game for the 5-year-olds. 18 years later, some of the high school leagues I work are up to $90 for a JV/Varsity doubleheader...and with all the crap we deal with, even that's not enough to keep people around.

My first "real" job was senior year, pressure-washing semi trucks for $5/hr in the dead of winter.

pedro
01-08-2006, 11:51 PM
I made 3.35 an hour in 1983 washing dishes in the Tamarack Manor Nursing home in Danville, California.

Dom Heffner
01-09-2006, 12:07 AM
Paperboy for 5 years. Had about 125 customers.

I had a paper route once. It was 2000 houses, or 2 dumpsters.

There. My Mitch Hedberg fix is satisifed for the day. :)

REDREAD
01-09-2006, 12:45 AM
A penny a minute picking up debris from various lots (cleaning up builders' mess, before landscaping, etc).. But it was all cash, so I really stuck it to Uncle Sam :lol:

pedro
01-09-2006, 02:08 AM
oh, and I also delivered the Post for a while and mowed a lot of lawns/shoveled snow etc prior to my dish washing gig.

KronoRed
01-09-2006, 04:23 AM
A penny a minute picking up debris from various lots (cleaning up builders' mess, before landscaping, etc).. But it was all cash, so I really stuck it to Uncle Sam :lol:
The IRS will be calling :devil:

Roy Tucker
01-09-2006, 09:45 AM
My first job was working at a car wash for $1.15 a hour (Centerville Car Wash, long defunct now). After taxes, it netted out to less than a $1 an hour. I was 14 so that was 1964.

The worst part was that if it was busy, we got no breaks (I was a dryer). So you dried the car with one hand, and ate a PB&J with the other (and don't get them mixed up). And it was an 8-6 shift. That was one lousy job.

My first job out of college payed $7200 a year (1975). I thought I was rolling in dough. When I got to 5 figures a couple years later, I thought I was Mr. Big Bucks.

15fan
01-09-2006, 10:20 AM
$4.50 an hour working in a warehouse in 1988.

What's really crazy is babysitting. I did a fair amount of it throughout high school and college. As recently as 1994, I was seeing about $3-$4 per hour with maybe a couple bucks tip, depending on the family.

When I pay my babysitter now, a decade later, starting pay is $10 per hour.

Thus, the misses & I splurge for a sitter about once every other month.

And here's another question - are there any neighborhoods left where kids mow grass & rake leaves for $$$? I always had several steady yard jobs junior high through college. The money was really good - $12-$15 for about 60-90 minutes of work. We live in a pretty big neighborhood, and I'm not aware of a single kid who's willing to do yard work.

gonelong
01-09-2006, 10:20 AM
1980 - I was 10 years old, I would make about a $1 moving bricks around and cleaning up while Dad was laying bricks.

I worked on my neighbors farm from about 13-15 or so, made $1/hr to start and made about $3/hr at the end. Made $5/hr or so when we baled hay.

Started in a factory when I was 16, I think I made $3.25 and hour.

GL

TRF
01-09-2006, 10:38 AM
When minimum wage was $3.35, I was making $3.90 working as a camera Operator for the ABC afilliate in Amarillo Texas. When Minimum went to $4.05 I got a raise to minimum wage.

Caveat Emperor
01-09-2006, 10:55 AM
Back in my day you had to operate the projectors and do the film build, then sell tickets, clean up vomit, sell popcorn and wear a tie.

It was great.

Didn't have to clean up vomit, but I was the "jack of all trades" at the theatre -- doing work selling tickets some nights, shoveling popcorn other nights, and doing film builds/brekdowns and projector operation other nights.

Quite enjoyed it.

I still have a collection of cells from movies that I worked on over the years -- mostly because I'd forget to throw them out when I came home with them in my pocket.

westofyou
01-09-2006, 10:58 AM
I still have a collection of cells from movies that I worked on over the years -- mostly because I'd forget to throw them out when I came home with them in my pocket.I still have my film degree that the job inspired me to pursue (and a box of films I haven't watched in years)

Johnny Footstool
01-09-2006, 11:05 AM
When I was 12-13, I marked fields and moved bases at the local little league complex. Four fields every weekday. It took about 2-3 hours to get everything set up, so I worked about 10-12 hours a week. I think I made $90 for the entire summer, which wasn't decent money even back then (mid-80s).

Joseph
01-09-2006, 11:54 AM
Hardee's something like $4.20 an hour back in 1990

Hap
01-10-2006, 03:21 PM
I was a sub-contracted delivery expert technician (paperboy) for The Lima News from 1980 until 1988. I made about $30-35 a week.

registerthis
01-10-2006, 03:41 PM
I was a clerk at the Kroger Store at Worthington Mall. Started off making $4.35/hour, then after 6 months received my union-endorsed 5 raise. Whoo-ee, the big time.

pedro
01-10-2006, 04:03 PM
And here's another question - are there any neighborhoods left where kids mow grass & rake leaves for $$$? I always had several steady yard jobs junior high through college. The money was really good - $12-$15 for about 60-90 minutes of work. We live in a pretty big neighborhood, and I'm not aware of a single kid who's willing to do yard work.

I did too. It appears to me that a lot of the kids who mowed lawns in the 70's/80's never stopped, thus killing the biz for todays youths.

Caseyfan21
01-10-2006, 05:53 PM
My first job was shoveling snow when I was probably 10-12. I had my house and my neighbor's house where I had regular deals set up for either $10 or $12. I also did other houses in the neighborhood door to door. I remember one of the huge storms my friends and I made something like $200 over a 2 week period.

My first semi-real job was umpiring kids T-ball games when I was 14 I think. I made $15 a game (65 minute time limit, usually about 1.5 hrs total per game) and I would usually do about 6 games a week. I then moved up to bigger kids and got up to $25 a game for the "select" team games. Those parents were really a$$holes though. :laugh:

My first real job was working at Wright Patt as an engineering intern. I made $8 three summers ago, $9, two summers ago and $10 this past summer (all per hour). I can't complain too much. I've had it pretty good compared to many of my friends. My girlfriend got a job at an FYE store when she turned 16 and now (at 22 - she worked once a month through college the past few years) she is making maybe $8/hour as a manager.

WVRed
01-10-2006, 06:11 PM
Bag-boy, $5.15 an hour.

Roy Tucker
01-11-2006, 09:26 AM
I did too. It appears to me that a lot of the kids who mowed lawns in the 70's/80's never stopped, thus killing the biz for todays youths.
That's pretty much true. When my son was younger, we did a fairly decent job of drumming up 3-4 lawns for him to mow. But it was for neighbors we knew and they were sort of doing us a favor. Kind of like the Girl Scout cookie cooperative (you buy GS cookies from my daughter, I'll buy them from yours).

But the big lawn services suck up most of that (and the leaf collecting) business. They pull up in their trucks, drive the 48" tractor mower off the trailer, mow the grass in about 10 minutes, trim it, blow off the grass, and are gone in nothing flat. With leaves, they have giant vacuum cleaner things that polish off a lawn in nothing flat.

My kids do a pretty good business in the neighborhood with dog sitting. Kennels charge $20-25 (or more) a day, my kids charge $10/day to come to your house 4 times a day to let the dog out. They walk it once or twice a day. If someone is gone for a week, the kids make a fairly easy $70 cash. Over Christmas holiday, the girls were dog (and cat) sitting for 5 houses. $350 that they split. And they played with the dogs, walked them all at once, and generally had a lot of fun.

And there is more baby-sitting jobs for my 15 and 12 yr. olds than they can handle and are in high demand. They have standing job with several families where my girls tell them the nights they'll babysit and then the families make plans accordingly.

gonelong
01-11-2006, 09:46 AM
And there is more baby-sitting jobs for my 15 and 12 yr. olds than they can handle and are in high demand. They have standing job with several families where my girls tell them the nights they'll babysit and then the families make plans accordingly.

Ooooohhh, thats a negotiating tatic I may need in the next year or two when my nieces are dating instead of babysitting. That one is in the vault.

GL

Blimpie
01-11-2006, 02:14 PM
Other than the old paper route/odd jobs income....

This goes back over twenty years ago, but my first paying gig was as a "Waiter Assistant" (uber-busboy) at a 4-Star restaurant in Palm Beach, Florida called the Epicurean. Yep, I pulled down a whopping $ 3.50/HR plus tips for my servitude. Good times.

Ravenlord
01-11-2006, 03:01 PM
unloading trucks at Meijers. $6.50/hr. quit after three months when the union denied me a raise for the third time in as many months.

Roy Tucker
01-12-2006, 12:56 PM
Ooooohhh, thats a negotiating tatic I may need in the next year or two when my nieces are dating instead of babysitting. That one is in the vault.

GL
My wife and I do make sure our girls don't abuse this privilege.

And if someone calls wanting a babysitter and the girls are about to reject it because "they just don't feel like it", it is strongly suggested by Mom and Dad that they reconsider.

SunDeck
01-12-2006, 01:18 PM
I think I made $2.95/hour, washing dishes at the Omelette House on Westbourne. Maybe it was $2.35, or $3.35.
All I know is it wasn't worth it.

registerthis
01-12-2006, 01:48 PM
I think I made $2.95/hour, washing dishes at the Omelette House on Westbourne. Maybe it was $2.35, or $3.35.
All I know is it wasn't worth it.

It never is.

Roy Tucker
01-12-2006, 02:26 PM
I think I made $2.95/hour, washing dishes at the Omelette House on Westbourne. Maybe it was $2.35, or $3.35.
All I know is it wasn't worth it.
Seems that the jobs that pay the least are the hardest jobs. Making a living by the sweat of your brow is tough.