How much money would you leave on the table to leave a job you hated?

sportchampps Senior Member
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Wed, Feb 17, 2021 12:42 PM

We’re currently debating this is my household. If you hated your job but made 200k a year how much would another job have to pay for you to quit. Here are three options for example:


Dream Job: Working for an NFL team (in an office position) for 100k in Vegas

New Job: Working for a relatively new start up for $170k in Salt Lake City Area

Current Job: 200k in Columbus but don’t enjoy the compa


iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
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Wed, Feb 17, 2021 1:00 PM

I hated my last job, but I don't think I could have left $100k on the table. The middle option doesn't seem as bad, depending on the long term outlook of that company / job security. 

I left my last job for a lateral position with less upward mobility, but I have a much better work/ life balance which is important to me right now with extremely young children.

Ironman92 Administrator
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Wed, Feb 17, 2021 1:02 PM

Dream job would be managing the Reds.....guessing low paid managers make a million. I would do it for $150,000....so in that sense leaving $850,000 on the table.


I drive 65 miles TO work and 65 home.....I would come home for nothing less though...even though travel time, gas snd car wear and tear.

Spock Senior Member
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Wed, Feb 17, 2021 1:20 PM

Dream job would be owning something that someone else makes you money.  

OSH Kosh B'Gosh
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Wed, Feb 17, 2021 1:22 PM

I have worked several jobs I have hated. I try not to do it much at all. Recently, I passed up on a job that was contract work at $100/hour. That may not be much for some, but it's more than I've ever made an hour.

Working in soccer is all I know and do. If I were to leave it, I'm not sure what I'd do or how much money would be out there. I'd love to leave the US and work abroad for a little bit though. The culture, the learning experiences, and potential is really attractive. Hard to tell what the pay difference would be, as the soccer (and sporting) world is a little fragile any moment.

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
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Wed, Feb 17, 2021 1:28 PM
posted by OSH

Recently, I passed up on a job that was contract work at $100/hour. That may not be much for some, but it's more than I've ever made an hour.

Assuming that is full time, I'd think most people here would think $208k a year is pretty good. 
queencitybuckeye Senior Member
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Wed, Feb 17, 2021 1:58 PM

I prefer not to use dollars, but in percent terms, my average salary over the first five years of owning my own shop vs. the McCorporate world dropped by around 65%. A lower cost of living helped, but I probably would have done it anyway.

kizer permanente Senior Member
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Wed, Feb 17, 2021 10:55 PM

I took a 20k paycut. I hated my old job. I lived there. It was a toxic culture. So I took a job at a University. Benefits are much better so it helps ease the pain a little. But it’s still a decent cut. 

sportchampps Senior Member
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Wed, Feb 17, 2021 10:58 PM
posted by kizer permanente

I took a 20k paycut. I hated my old job. I lived there. It was a toxic culture. So I took a job at a University. Benefits are much better so it helps ease the pain a little. But it’s still a decent cut. 

Do you regret it at all?


kizer permanente Senior Member
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Wed, Feb 17, 2021 11:46 PM
posted by sportchampps

Do you regret it at all?


Not really.  There’s times when I think the extra money could come in handy, but my whole mood is much better. I became a miserable person to be around. I get thats on me, but I couldn’t help it. Not having the stress is a huge relief. 


OSH Kosh B'Gosh
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Thu, Feb 18, 2021 10:48 AM
posted by iclfan2
Assuming that is full time, I'd think most people here would think $208k a year is pretty good. 

It was a contracted gig, wasn't full-time for me. But, it could have progressed to that. I doubt it would have balanced at $100/hour for full-time. At least to start.

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
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Thu, Feb 18, 2021 10:55 AM

Nice humble brag thread.

sportchampps Senior Member
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Thu, Feb 18, 2021 12:21 PM
posted by ernest_t_bass

Nice humble brag thread.

Not about me. Plus having a well paying job you hate isn’t something to brag about


OSH Kosh B'Gosh
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Thu, Feb 18, 2021 8:53 PM
posted by sportchampps

Not about me. Plus having a well paying job you hate isn’t something to brag about


Exactly where I am. I hated the job. I felt dirty doing it, as it was semi-unethical...in my opinion. Just not my thing.

I'd rather do something I love to do forever. And, take the hit financially. While it may suck on the financial side, it's much better mentally.

sportchampps Senior Member
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Thu, Feb 18, 2021 9:55 PM
posted by OSH

Exactly where I am. I hated the job. I felt dirty doing it, as it was semi-unethical...in my opinion. Just not my thing.

I'd rather do something I love to do forever. And, take the hit financially. While it may suck on the financial side, it's much better mentally.

Yeah this is more of a toxic management / workplace situation. 


justincredible Honorable Admin
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 10:24 AM

Counter: how much additional money would it take to get you to leave a job you actually like? I was contacted by a recruiter with a job I am definitely qualified for that would come with a 40% pay increase. That's a lot of cheese to ignore.

OSH Kosh B'Gosh
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 10:56 AM
posted by sportchampps

Yeah this is more of a toxic management / workplace situation. 


No, it's not that at all. Management was fine. Workplace was my house, and the colleagues were great.

It's just the line of work that I did not feel comfortable doing. The first two contracted jobs I had with them were MUCH better than the second two. It's essentially a bit of research, but there's some deception that is involved. I'm not big on that at all. But, it also could just be it was in a completely different realm than what I've been in my whole career (which is soccer).

I am not cut out for it, I know that. I don't think it is truly a "bad" job, but for me I am not comfortable in it. My friend makes a lot of money doing it, and he has no issues. I can do some aspects of it just fine, but I'm built to be outside and interacting with people -- this wasn't that either.

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 11:10 AM
posted by justincredible

Counter: how much additional money would it take to get you to leave a job you actually like? I was contacted by a recruiter with a job I am definitely qualified for that would come with a 40% pay increase. That's a lot of cheese to ignore.

Spinoff

Ironman92 Administrator
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 11:32 AM
posted by ernest_t_bass

Spinoff

Yeah I have a spin-off idea as well


justincredible Honorable Admin
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 11:51 AM

Well then start spinning.

Ironman92 Administrator
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 11:57 AM
posted by justincredible

Well then start spinning.

Here in a bit


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