Would You Spend $8 and 2 hours, to Make $5000 More a Year?

Then Read–Negotiating Your Salary: How To Make $1000 a Minute

I’m going to do a book review (I know, yawn, but this one will only take 2 hours to read and will add big bucks to your salary!) as one of my first posts, because a specific book gave me big help when I first changed from an job that paid by the hour, to a salaried position. When you move up to the “big leagues”, you have to remember that the guy (or girl) in charge of your pay, has been here before. They have a lot more experience in this stuff, than you do. So, arm your self with some skills man! A friend gave me this book right before I accepted my first salaried position. They were offering $35,000 a year, but before I accepted I read this book. I went back to them and got $38,000! So, a $10 book made me $3,000! Would you give me $10 to get paid $3,000. YOU BET YOU WOULD!

Negotiating Your Salary: How To Make $1000 a Minute
This book has real-world info on how to negotiate your salary like a pro.  Whether you are loud and forceful, or have a quiet personality, this book gives you tips on getting it right.  It also has good info on negotiating a raise, if you already took the job, before you read this book.  Read it, you can thank me later.


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Wow, we’ve gotten some great feedback on our “a year is how much per hour” chart! Keep in mind that you can also use the chart the other way to convert “an hour is how much per year”. We are going to put this into a handy salary comparison chart that you can download. In the meantime, try out our built in job search windows to see if you are really being paid what you are worth!

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35000 is just the starting point!

35000 is just the starting point!

If your Annual Salary is:                      Your Hourly Wage is:

$5,000                                                         $2.40
$10,000                                                       $4.81
$15,000                                                       $7.21
$20,000                                                      $9.62
$25,000                                                      $12.02

$30,000                                                      $14.42
$35,000                                                      $16.83
$40,000                                                     $19.23
$45,000                                                     $21.63
$50,000                                                     $24.04
$55,000                                                     $26.44
$60,000                                                     $28.85
$65,000                                                     $31.25
$70,000                                                     $33.65
$75,000                                                     $36.06
$80,000                                                     $38.46
$85,000                                                     $40.87
$90,000                                                     $43.27

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Hi! Darren here. If you like our salary converter, please consider letting us send it to you, along with our Top 5 Tips to Negotiating a Better Salary! It won’t cost you anything, but it will probably make you $1000s of dollars more per year, by turning the tables during your interview and/or salary negotiation. We will then send you occasional tips that anyone can use, to get paid MORE. Of course, you can get the Top 5 Tips and then unsubscribe if you wish. What have you got to lose, except the money you are leaving on the table???

Oh, and if you want to know how much you make a week at $35,000 a year, just divide by 52….so, $673/wk.  C’mon, you can do better!  Read on and learn how!

Well, here goes. I just helped a friend make the transition from an hourly, to salaried employee. The first question he had was, “dude, how do I convert annual salary into an hourly wage, so I can relate to it”. That got us talking about all the pitfalls of making the transition from an hourly to salaried employee and how to negotiate salary and benefits.  I’ve made the switch back and forth, a few times. Now I do the hiring of salaried and hourly people, so I’ve learned a few tricks (mostly by underestimating the clever, hourly guy). Along the way, I made a quick reference table to help the guy making bucks-an-hour, convert to a salaried job. That table gives you the EDGE when negotiating your new position. Then my friend said, “Dude, you saved my ass! You should like, make a website to teach people all this stuff!”

So—here goes.  I hope I can help you leapfrog the BS and get to some serious salary!

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While looking through articles related to how well you can live on $35,000 a year, I came across this article on Financial Post. It’s worth a minute of your time, because it turns out that yeah, you can be pretty happy on a little dough.  Sometimes, that’s all that we have.  The funny thing is, once you break the mental barrier that makes you think “$XX,000” is all you can make, you’ll find your salary keeps climbing.  Then, after a while, you’ll start to wonder “if it’s all worth it”.  Short answer is, “No Dumbass, working for more “stuff” is a waste of life.  You are going to die someday sooner than you think”.

So, at what point do you stop pushing and start living.  Turns out that a lot of people have studied this.  $75,000 is the number everyone quotes, where you don’t get much happier despite a pay increase.  That’s not a small amount of cash for a LOT of us.  Plus, it’s largely wrong. It’s based on an average of figures, from across the U.S.  Very few of us divide our work time across 50 states. You can check out a great article about it here.  It’s a little tedious to read, so I’ll sum it up here: The bad news is, if you live in Hawaii, it will take $122,000 before more money doesn’t add to your happiness.  If you live in Mississippi, you are living like Boss Hogg (yeah, I know he was from TN) for $65K.  If you ask me, as long as I had enough money for food and a beach shack, it wouldn’t matter what I earned if I lived in Hawaii………Which is better, driving a Mercedes in Pittsburgh in February, or riding your bike in Hawaii.   Different things to different people.


But, here is the secret that is your reward for reading this far: Income has LITTLE to do with happiness.  What bums people out and makes them feel gloomy is DEBT.  Yep, good ol’ American 120-days-to-pay-easy-credit-I’m-pounding-you-over-a-barrel-DEBT  Avoid the debt and you’ll worry less about what you are earning.  You can read about it here.

Guys, if you want to know how much you need to earn before SHE’S happy, you are asking a different question altogether 😉