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Are there that many people out there?

So, I was reading answers to my question from last night about my hubby working a lot and ... this has nothing to do with that, but a woman wrote, "..or if he can get a job that pays $15 an hour your even better off (which are one in a million).."

Are there that many people out there that make less then that? I mean she just assumed my hubby made less then $15/per hour because he had to work so many hours ... I thought that most people, especially men who work so their wives can be SAHMs, made more then that! How the heck would we survive if my hubby made less then $15 an hour and I STAYED HOME ... holy smokes!?


Asked by kaylan010 at 10:48 AM on Mar. 24, 2011 in Relationships

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Answers (33)
  • To the OP....I was floored by a few of these responses.  If anyone cared to pay attention to the link that was posted ( )  they would see that the average income for women equated to $16.97/hr, assumming a 40 hr work wk, and $20.75/hr for men, assuming the same.  So, nation wide the average income is greater than $15....significantly so for men.    

    So I think your question was a valid one.



    Answer by Tammy9988 at 10:02 PM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • You are naive.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:49 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • Jobs that pay more than $12 an hour are rare in my area, and even those you must have years of experience and probably know someone in the company.

    I must say I find it surprising that you have to ask this question, given the rate of unemployment and all the other issues with the economy lately. I thought everyone was pretty well aware that there aren't enough jobs and the ones that do exist often don't pay that great.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 10:52 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • we would consider ourselves doing great if we made $30,000 per year. maybe some people just dont know how to separate wants from needs. we have everything we need and thats all that matters.

    Answer by tnm786 at 10:54 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • my husband makes $10/hr, works 50 hours a week and we're a family of 5. i stay home. ends get met every month, so its possible.

    Answer by tnm786 at 10:53 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • It seems LOTS of people live off 15 an hour or less these days. Here in SC there's allot of 2 income family's who their combined hourly is NOT 15 or higher and they are surviving on credit. I personally dont know how people do it, now or even 20 years ago.

    Answer by vbruno at 10:52 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • most do not make that much, alot less actually.

    Answer by jenn4443 at 10:55 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • It's difficult to get by on $30,000 per year. DH doesn't have any benefits with his current job. Medical insurance for our family is over $20,000 per year. Doctor visits are $30 or $50 each. Even if you're frugal, I don't see how you could have enough to cover food, clothing and housing with that income. Things are so expensive in my area, families who earn $30,000 qualify for food stamps, I believe.


    Answer by JSD24 at 11:15 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • Both my ex and I make less than that per hour. $15 per hour is 30,000 per year.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:50 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • I didn't know there were that many jobs out there over $15 an hour. I thought they all were less than that

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:52 AM on Mar. 24, 2011