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#61 CanuckinEdm

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:14 PM

Most people at 22 don't make $50k per year, especially without a college or university education. Another option is see if the company will give you leave to go to school, and you can work in the summer months for the same company. That way you've got a fall back. Make sure you do something you love, you'll be happier for it.

Other option is request a transfer.

Most people who are 22 that are working full time make way more then someone who went to university. For 1 at 22 they are probably still in university and the people who are working are usually in some sort of trade. I was making 65,000 at 22 ... I actually made more at 22 then I do now, took a desk job.
Unless your going to university for 7+ years or went for something that is more "trade" style job ie. nursing,engineering you are not making that much.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:39 PM

It depends on 50 k before or after tax. But I guess I'm nitpicking.

So you were a salesperson before being a lawyer huh?

I agree with everything else though, especially the part about marijuana. It should be legalized IMO not because I smoke it (or don't smoke it), but because it crashes the marijuana market for both Canada and the US (to some extent). Taxes could be added on top of it. But I guess it makes too much sense.


Don't know if I would call myself a salesperson, but I worked in retail sales for Telus part time in school and full time during summers. I still know many people in sales. If you can't make at least 50k off it, you should be in a different industry and you will probably be fired soon anyways.

My point was that a decent salesman is going to easily make 50k before taxes. If you are good at your job you should make the company you work for money. Often guys in the sales side make money than the people with the university degrees who actualy develop and build the products.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:42 PM

Most people who are 22 that are working full time make way more then someone who went to university. For 1 at 22 they are probably still in university and the people who are working are usually in some sort of trade. I was making 65,000 at 22 ... I actually made more at 22 then I do now, took a desk job.
Unless your going to university for 7+ years or went for something that is more "trade" style job ie. nursing,engineering you are not making that much.


Fair bit of truth in this. Just find a job that gives you the opportunity for overtime. There are plenty of busy trade type jobs that will pay you $18.00/hr plus 1.5 for overtime. You can hit 50k fairly easily. That being said, if your job maxes out there, I'd look for a new career. Difficult to support a family off that in Vancouver.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 04:39 PM

Trades is a good route to take but you're probably dreaming. Like I said earlier this thread, only a small handful of people involved in trades is getting paid 100 k a year or more and even fewer people in the trades that are 23 or 24 years old.


I am a 24 year old journeyman electrician and made almost 80k last year, but that is with quite a bit of overtime included. I am about to become a foreman and base wages without overtime will be about what I made last year, although my union just signed a new contract that will give us an increase of 4 dollars an hour.

I don't see how that poster could assume he will make that amount of money unless he goes up North or works a sh*t ton of overtime, which is not always available.

Edited by SynysterGates, 29 May 2012 - 04:41 PM.


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Posted 29 May 2012 - 05:47 PM

I am a 24 year old journeyman electrician and made almost 80k last year, but that is with quite a bit of overtime included. I am about to become a foreman and base wages without overtime will be about what I made last year, although my union just signed a new contract that will give us an increase of 4 dollars an hour.

I don't see how that poster could assume he will make that amount of money unless he goes up North or works a sh*t ton of overtime, which is not always available.


Very good stuff.

So we are officially in a bit of a silly season, and in general I stay away from the completely crazy rumors that persist on the internet, or in the case of the Leafs having interest in Nabokov or Turco I will occasionally debunk them...however, I have been getting inundated with emails, PMs, and questions on twitter regarding a few rumors that are out there...so here goes.. I will address the rumors and follow with what I have or haven't heard...If you all like this format, maybe Wacky Wednesdays could be a regular feature. I wouldn't do it more than once a week, because I am too busy talking to actual sources and attempting to provide you all with as much unique information as possible.


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Posted 29 May 2012 - 05:49 PM

i quit my job on the the 16th sappose to get paid on the 18th, so they stop payment process for check scheduled for the 18th, which i think is illegal cause it wasnt really my last check. so i waited patiently cause the 3 day policie thing is u quit. i asked them not to mail and i will pick up. and they said ok it will be ready on the 24th.. on the 24th i call to see if its ready and they say sorry we thought it was more convinent to mail it to me... it is now thw 29th should i sue? or what?

No thats there right to mail to you
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 10:59 PM

haha. Not at trades you make 100+ K thats not where I was going at. If your in the right spot they do. I live in a mining town and I know a few people who are Heavy Duty mechanics ( the trade I will be apprenticing in) And took home around 105-110K last year. 4 on 4 off, 12 hour days. Not bad at all. If I go up to the Oil rigs (Which I wouldn't) I would make even more.

Ive asked about HD Mechanic jobs in Vancouver and there isnt many and the pay isnt as great. Im just lucky to be where I live I guess.

And also Overtime is available quite a bit where I am talking about.

Edited by KeslerRyan, 29 May 2012 - 11:00 PM.


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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:23 PM

In that case, why are you telling people that a 50 k job isn't that good of a job? A vast majority of decent jobs start at 50 k. Now if you said that 50 k isn't really enough to run a family, then I'd actually be more inclined to agree with you. But to say that a 50 k job is "not that good" is different from saying "50 k can easily be spent with a family".

And as people have pointed, the OP is 22.


You obviously make less than 50 grand and look at it as some benchmark to reach... trust me, even without kids it's not much. It was barely enough in the mid 90's so i know it's not enough now.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:07 AM

You obviously make less than 50 grand and look at it as some benchmark to reach... trust me, even without kids it's not much. It was barely enough in the mid 90's so i know it's not enough now.


You're wildly missing my point.

If you're talking about Vancouver's standards, yes, 50 k is not very good. But honestly, I wouldn't be living in Vancouver (and I don't) with a 50 k salary job - the housing prices are overinflated beyond repair. I'd steer way clear of it even if the prices do drop. But I'm personally not a real estate expert. My parents are employed in the sector so I do believe I have something to contribute here.

But if you're talking about most other places in Canada or even in the US, saying a 50 k job is not decent is stupid. Have you even seen the average Canadian/US salary? Yeah, that's right - didn't think so. 50 k is a decent job in most places of the country. 50 k running a family? Not so much.

Also one more thing, if you think 50 k is 'not enough' for ONE PERSON, you're not a very good money manager. If you go out and eat all the time, yes, you'll run out of money. If you go out and splurge on stuff like most people do, yes, you'll go into debt.

If you live away from Vancouver (suburbs), you could get by with 50 k no problem.

It's really easy to get into debt than to stay debt free and there's where you and I differ. I admit I make much less than you do but I don't have debt problems. I'm frugal and live humbly.

Edited by Matthew Lombardi 18, 31 May 2012 - 01:12 AM.

So we are officially in a bit of a silly season, and in general I stay away from the completely crazy rumors that persist on the internet, or in the case of the Leafs having interest in Nabokov or Turco I will occasionally debunk them...however, I have been getting inundated with emails, PMs, and questions on twitter regarding a few rumors that are out there...so here goes.. I will address the rumors and follow with what I have or haven't heard...If you all like this format, maybe Wacky Wednesdays could be a regular feature. I wouldn't do it more than once a week, because I am too busy talking to actual sources and attempting to provide you all with as much unique information as possible.


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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:29 PM

haha. Not at trades you make 100+ K thats not where I was going at. If your in the right spot they do. I live in a mining town and I know a few people who are Heavy Duty mechanics ( the trade I will be apprenticing in) And took home around 105-110K last year. 4 on 4 off, 12 hour days. Not bad at all. If I go up to the Oil rigs (Which I wouldn't) I would make even more.

Ive asked about HD Mechanic jobs in Vancouver and there isnt many and the pay isnt as great. Im just lucky to be where I live I guess.

And also Overtime is available quite a bit where I am talking about.


Ive met guys that work in the diamond mines in nwt that are making 220,000 for a years work in six months

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:07 PM

Oh yeah definitely. Except its a hole up there. Even if its for six months I wouldnt do it.

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