This post has been edited by TryingToBeAnonymous: Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:23 AM
Would you consider 80k/year good money?
Posted Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:22 AM
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Posted Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:24 PM
eventually id liek to get in to pelvic pain massage therapy but thatll take 6 years.those pts make about double that.
Posted Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:27 PM
what really sucks is thati live in califoria.. im not sure if thatll be enough.
Posted Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:30 PM
Its pretty much the same thing as a pt but you also set up rooms ect. as of right now the pt association staes you can not call yourself a physical therapist without goig through a 6-8 year program.
Posted Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:32 PM
sweet jesus... i woudl hate if obama nationalized healthcare...
Posted Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:49 PM
There are way more people in this country so it would be that huge of a difference. Likely an extra $20 out of your check a week.
Anyway if it's not enough in California you can always move. Hell you might not even have to leave the state just move away from a metro area.
Posted Sat Jan 01, 2011 01:05 PM
It's all relative
i suppose that is true.
Posted Sat Jan 01, 2011 01:04 PM
Taxes are not just for healthcare... That is the one direct benefit we get from paying taxes. A great deal of money goes into funding social programs... That's why I can walk on the streets anywhere anytime and not be worried that I'm going to get mugged. I don't pay theft insurance for my home... I go out and I sometimes leave the door unlocked. You see, going through the list of items that make your cost of living can be a very tedious exercise, but I do it every time I need to move somewhere else. It's called your opportunity cost, and it's important to make a fair comparison since costs are not the same everywhere. You also have to consider the intangibles (i.e. quality of living) even though that can be very subjective.
Just as an example, when I was living in Montreal, I was once offered a 70K job in New Jersey, and I declined it because after I made all the math with all the benefits I lost compared to the extra money I'd earn, I wouldn't have been better off.
Posted Sat Jan 01, 2011 01:53 PM
It's all relative
Dead on! I also agree with Tenyn - a lot depends on demand, so if it's something you love and it will be beneficial in providing a reasonable life and future opportunities, it's great.
It's not only relative to what you're used to making or could be making, but what you expect out of life. I chose a profession in which I make significantly less than some of my relatives. However, I love what I do*, and I don't really need to try to console myself with stuff. One of my relatives has confessed to merely being able to stand his job. He makes a lot of money, but he spends it all on toys and trips just trying to make up for the misery he experiences 8 hours a day. I suspect he feels that he always needs more, whereas I don't feel much of a need to have things or spend money.
*I do fully admit that my current job is crap. Due to the economy and my decision to move here, I am currently making enough to pay rent and bills in a modest, yet comfortable apartment in a safe neighborhood. The rest comes out of savings. But I still love my students and the time I spend with them every day is certainly enlightening to me, and I hope it's beneficial to them! When I get a job that is at my level and salary, I'll be back on the side of saving more than I spend.
Posted Sat Jan 01, 2011 03:35 PM
So..... what are "we" all trying to decide? Whether 80K is good $ for an assistant PT or for a PT?
And, idk, maybe it's because I'm exhausted, but how would any of us know your standard of living, your location and costs, your bills, your etc etc etc? Kinda' up to you to determine if this is good $ or not...you know your situation better than anyone.
Also, what are your alternatives? $40k. Then yeah, it's good. $120k. No, it's not good.
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Posted Sat Jan 01, 2011 08:48 PM
Its entirely relative to where you live, what your current salary is, what your qualifications are, how much you spend etc etc.