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Olive
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Hello everyone I was just wondering what your first job was/is and how much do you get paid. I know wages vary in different states and countries so this will be interesting.

For me I just started my first job 3 days ago. I am a cashier for a mexican grill and I am making $8.25/hour +tips.


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I am an inventory control specialist, which is a fancy little term for stocker and I make $5.40/hr. Minimum wage here is $5.20.

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I'm a carryout, which is a fancy way to say "bagger". I get $6.45/hour plus tips.
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I am a cashier in a hardware store. i made 7 canadian $ an hour at first because it was the minimum one could get paid in quebec. at the end of the year, my boss decided to give me 7.10 $ instead. this month the government increases the minimum salary at 7.20 $, so i'll be getting that i think.
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I was working in a candy store for 5.50 an hour, but in a week am switching to a cashier at sears for 7 an hour.

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Hey, i was wondering for those who post would you mind putting up the minimum wage in your area?

I live in Manitoba, Canada, and the minimum wage is $6.50 at the moment.

My first job was at wal-mart as a cashier and i made $7.20. My second job was as a telephone surveyer at ipsos-reid and i made $8, but that's the training salary, when you finish training you make $8.25.

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Quebec, Canada : 7$ until this month, now 7.20$ and in february 7.30$
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I work in a cafe, I get 6 euro an hour, which is about 6.20 dollars. The minimum wage is 6.35, but I'm working tax free at the moment so that makes up for it.
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I live in Virginia and minimum wage here is 5.15

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Olive
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I live in Cali and I believe minimum wage is $6.75 so I make $1.50 over.
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I simply have to say that having had my first paying job in the early 80's, you cannot begin to imagine how astounding this thread is.

Both in terms of the inflation that's happened in almost 20 years, and how much better paid most of your first jobs seem to be (the minimum wage then was barely $3, and it was NOT enforced that teens be paid that then in most jobs -- to boot, as I understand it, in the last two decades, less teens are working minimum wage jobs, while more of those over that age, even by a few years are, oddly enough). My goodness!


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Well, Scarlet, you don't have to feel too nostalgic. I did a short stint as a waitress some months ago, and got paid $15 per 6-hour shift plus tips. I worked double shifts. And after all that, I'd come home with less than $50.

It's too bad that my friends refuse to eat there out of principle 'cause the food is good. And hell, $45 a day sure beats zilch as an out-of-work biotechie.

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I first starting teaching the flute when I was in the 10th grade (when I finished my music diploma) - to a couple of elementary school kids a week. That was $15 a session for them - and the sessions lasted for 45 mins. So in a week I would generally make $75 - $90, but there was a downside: it wasn't too reliable. Kids get sick, go on excursions, forget & so on ad infinitum. So I'd count on at least 1 cancellation a week and numerous other inconveniences. It only became a worthwhile, well-paying job when my studio grew to over 20 kids.
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My first job was as a cashier at a swimming pool, and I made five bucks an hour under the table, with my father as my "boss". For obvious reasons it only lasted three or so months, but it was okay as far as jobs go. I currently make $7.00/hour plus small bonuses working in a school supply store.


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I started out at $5.50 an hour as a cashier for my first job. It killed working 40 hours a week at that job though. Horrible scheduling.

*sigh* I'm going to have to get a job again now. I haven't really had one for a while, but a recent occurance has made it apparent that I'll have to start working again. I don't really want to (I'm in college), but such is life, eh? </whine>

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My first job in Ontario paid me about $15 for two-and-a-half hours. When I was about 15 or 16, my summer job was umpiring little league baseball games. If I remember correctly, it was 15 bucks a game.

When I started movin' on up, I made minimum wage, or just over it for a few summers. Minimum wage in Ontario at the time, and I think still, was $6.85.

Interestingly, the right-wing government in the Canadian province of British Coumbia passed a law sometime last year, creating a new sub-category of minimum wage, called the 'first-job wage'. So, now, the minimum wage there for people working their first jobs ever, is something in the neighbourhood of $5 - and that's Canadian money which is like, what, three bucks, three-fifty American, or so. The minimum wage for everyone else there is eight bucks, if I'm not mistaken.

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Go Canada!

actually... in my experience, it's been liek this.

There's a minimum wage for if you're under 16, and one for over 16, and one for over 18.
<shudder>
we like to complicate things.

My first paid job was 62$ Cdn. a day, 7 days a week, for 7 weeks.


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quote:
Originally posted by cupcake:
Go Canada!

actually... in my experience, it's been liek this.

There's a minimum wage for if you're under 16, and one for over 16, and one for over 18.
<shudder>
we like to complicate things.



We have the same system here in the Emerald Isle. We also love to complicate things.


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quote:
Originally posted by cupcake:
Go Canada!

actually... in my experience, it's been liek this.

There's a minimum wage for if you're under 16, and one for over 16, and one for over 18.
<shudder>
we like to complicate things.

My first paid job was 62$ Cdn. a day, 7 days a week, for 7 weeks.


Not for me, where I am the min is just $6.50, and it doesn't matter what age you are.

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I got paid about $6/hour to be a day camp counselor when I was 14.

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My first official job (ie, not just doing the occaisional bit of work for my dad's business) paid $13AU an hour- about $7/hour in US money. I was 18 at the time.

I'm not sure what the minimum wage is here- it depends on the type of work you do for one thing: fast food is less than regular retail, retail is less than office work etc. Furthermore, it also depends on age. You're allowed to start working at 14 and 9 months, and each time you have a birthday your wage increases. You're not paid the full amount until you turn 21. It also depends on whether you are employed as full time, permanent part time, or casual. If you're casual, the wage is higher (usually about $2/hour extra), but you don't get any sick pay or holiday pay. If you're permanent part time, you work the same hours every week, and after 3 months on the job you are eligible for holiday pay (you get one week per 3 months- so you could take a week straight away, or save it up until you have 2, 3 or 4 weeks), and sick pay. Furthermore, if there's a public holiday on a day you normally work, then you don't have to turn up to work on that day, but you still get paid for it. Full time is pretty much the same deal, except of course that you work full hours.

At the moment I am employed as a casual in retail, and since I'm 21 I earn $15.29/hour. In US money that'd be about $8.25/hour.


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all of my jobs were off the books... babysitting, cleaning a friend of the family's house, and working at a chinese food place taking the orders on the phone.

all of them paid the same amount $5.00... i preferred the cleaning the most... because the little kids used to torture me... and sometimes when people are hungry and want food they can be REALLY not nice... lol argh

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my first job (at dollar general) paid 5.25.
i'm from a small town, and so i've never really made over $6 at any job i've had...and i've had good ones since the first.

I guess it really just depends on where you live. Typically you can make a lot more in larger cities. Its not difficult to find jobs that pay $8-$12 an hour...while in my small town, its difficult finding a job at all hehe.


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Well now don't I feel bad....

I just started a job here, at 8 bucks an hour, which isn't so bad. Except that when you convert the currency to American dollars, I get 5.04$ American an hour.

Stupid exchange rate.... <mutters>


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Here min. wage is $5.15. I work at Burger King and get paid $5.75. I think thats pretty good for a 16 year old
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cupcake - even if you do only get $5.04 w/ the exchange rate... i think a lot of time waitresses don't make as much ...because they get tips. That's the way it is here anyway, so don't feel bad. =) Some waitresses i know only make $3 an hour and are expected to get the rest they need in tips.
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my first job is at a daycare and I make 9.01 an hour min. wage here is 6.25 I think
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My first job paid a whopping $4.15 an hour. That was minimum wage at the time...back in '93 I believe. Actually, it was farm work, and they technically didn't have to pay us minimum wage, but they did anyway. I guess they were just nice that way.

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My first job was at a party center doing pretty much everything... coat check, serving buffet or sit down dinners, bussing, waching dishes, cleaning... everything... all night from as early as 4pm to as late as 2am... and I'd get anywhere from 25-45 bucks a night, but average was 30 bucks. My second job where I had an actual time card... I got paid 4.75/hr. That job was a few years ago in ohio, where, this year min wage is 5.15, now that I live in Cali, I get a quarter over min wage, which is 7 bucks. Yep, that's about it.

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quote:
Originally posted by star1120:
now that I live in Cali...

Why do I shudder every time I hear someone refer to this state with that nickname?

My first job came back when I was 14 years old, at a mom-and-pop grocery shop on the corner of my street. They never asked my age and I never told. I got $4.00 per hour to start, and was given a raise to $4.25 after a few months. After taxes I really didn't take home anything, but it was still nice to be able to buy my own shoes!

(Interestingly enough, when I took an accounting course in college three years ago, I learned that the period of early 1993-1994 was the time when the state minimum wage was lower than it had ever been, after being adjusted for inflation. That would have been right around the time I got that job, and could be why I was always so dejected on paydays!)

The minimum wage in CA was recently upped to $6.75, which seems unbelievable, but is designed to at least give minimum-wage workers a chance to eat something in this expensive state. I'm told that our state legislature wants to raise it again next year, so we'll see. Common wages for menial jobs out here are anywhere from $7.50 to $9.00 per hour, while college grads can find work from about $10 and up.

I really think I should leave this state...

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My first wage was about 6.00 an hour, working in fast food.

I'm still there, and now earning 9.20 an hour, because of my age, and wage increases.


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Wage here(California) doesnt matter what age you are. Im 15 and was making $1.50 over the minimum wage for my first job.
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I just got my first job, as a Room Attendant at the Grand Hyatt hotel, and I'm making A$16.00 an hour. It's excellent money

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Where do all you people find these good jobs? Alright, there are a few exceptions, but I am surprised at what I have read!

My first job was at Carvel. I did everything there. I guess you could say my official position was "ice cream technician." They trained me and didn't like me at all. I made minimum wage, $5.15. I was treated like crap. It took me 3 months to get my first paycheck cause you have to work 24 hours first and that's how little they worked me. I haven't had much better luck with jobs. Those of you with these decent paying jobs, be thankful for them.


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The least I've been paid: $20 for a night of babysitting (which was sometimes 7 or 8 hours long)

The most I've been paid: $100 + travel expenses to sing for an hour at a wedding. Unfortunately that was my only paying gig ever


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