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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!?

 
kaylan010

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

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  • To the OP....I was floored by a few of these responses.  If anyone cared to pay attention to the link that was posted ( http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110124.htm )  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.


     

    Tammy9988

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

  • You are naive.
    Anonymous

    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.
    wendythewriter

    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.
    tnm786

    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.
    tnm786

    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.
    vbruno

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

  • most do not make that much, alot less actually.
    jenn4443

    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.

    JSD24

    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.
    Anonymous

    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
    Anonymous

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

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