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Poll Results: What is your annual household income?

 
  • 5% (30)
    Less than $20,000
  • 8% (44)
    $20,000 to $29,000
  • 12% (64)
    $30,000 to $39,000
  • 10% (53)
    $40,000 to $49,000
  • 12% (62)
    $50,000 to $59,000
  • 12% (61)
    $60,000 to $69,000
  • 7% (37)
    $70,000 to $79,000
  • 5% (28)
    $80,000 to $89,000
  • 4% (24)
    $90,000 to $99,000
  • 20% (101)
    $100,000 or more
504 Total Votes  
post #1 of 200
Thread Starter 
Just adding a poll because it seemed there was some interest in having one on the other thread. I think the OP's original question was: What is your DP's salary?
post #2 of 200
I voted based on last years income after our taxes were done. This year we will be in a new tax bracket... WOOHOO...
DP got a promotion. Yea for us. that is gonna make for a much better christmas and now we can start affording to go more natural with food too...
post #3 of 200
We are pretty comfortable right now, slightly above out state's median household income. BUT, when my first child was born and I become a SAHM, DH's salary was less than half of what it is now.
post #4 of 200
Wow, $100K + a year? Any commenters on that? There's 16 voters so far...
post #5 of 200
I went with less than $20k based on the question of what is my DPs salary, because I'm a single stay at home mom. Based on annual household income, I would be just a smidge over $20k.
post #6 of 200
I'll bite-$100k a year isn't as much as you think it is for some areas of the country with high costs of living. 6 figures is NOT what it used to be!!
post #7 of 200
I voted at 100k because we don't pay for our health insurance and dh gets bonuses and his employer contributes to his 401k every year ...if you add all of that with his salary it is around 100k ....and I agree it doesn't go as far as I would like but we are comfortable
post #8 of 200
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Originally Posted by heket View Post
Wow, $100K + a year? Any commenters on that? There's 16 voters so far...
I did a rather kind of thing over that too. I mean I know MDC tends to run a little more towards the affluent than the average, but still ...
post #9 of 200
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Originally Posted by heket View Post
Wow, $100K + a year? Any commenters on that? There's 16 voters so far...
Wow. That boggles my mind. We are at the very bottom end of 20 000 to 29 000. And are happy we aren't lower. No wonder so many people on here can afford pretty diapers, tons of slings, etc. And a house. (We rent)
post #10 of 200
I'll also bite on the six figure votes. My husband's salary not including benefits is in the low six-figure range. We live in an average cost-of-living area but we have two kids on the autism spectrum and only one's services are covered through the state's department of developmental disabilities. Medical and therapy expenses for the other are really high and things are actually kind of tight for us right now. I'm going back to school so I can get a job earning a decent salary (my field before SAHMing was as a network admin and it's changed so much; I didn't keep up) so I can help out in the future.
post #11 of 200
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by heket View Post
Wow, $100K + a year? Any commenters on that? There's 16 voters so far...
I voted in that category -- DH and I make a combined income of about $110k/year, which sounds like a lot to me too when you write the number out, but we're struggling to pay the mortgage on our 2-bedroom condo and have had to dip into our savings the past couple of months.

We're not extravagent by any means -- we rarely go out to dinner, we don't drive new cars, we haven't been on a big vacation since our honeymoon ... sadly, $100K just doesn't go as far as you'd think in some areas of the country (we're in Orange County, CA).
post #12 of 200
If you factor in our investments we are over $100,000. But most of the investments we cant touch, so I voted for the $80,000 range. We are very comfortable. Both cars are paid off, little to no credit card debt, and our mortgage is 1/4 of our salary.
post #13 of 200
So I have to ask, everyone who posted saying their household income is over $100K also pointed out that they are struggling in some way, or don't have new things, or aren't extravegant. What is wrong with making a good income? Why do you guys sound almost guilty about having money??
post #14 of 200
We're in the lowest ATM...It'll triple or more next school year since DH will be done with school and woking.
post #15 of 200
We are right at the 6 figure number as well. I dont feel bad for our income since we have worked hard to get to that point. I live in a suburban metro area so my COL might be higher than some other parts of the country. Housing can be a huge eater of your income. For us, its not be because we bought our first home 10 plus years ago and sold it for a huge profit that we sunk into our new home. So our payment, property taxes etc only went up $350 monthly. Also, our benefits are paid by dh's work so that also helps. If we had to pay out money for benefits and more money towards our mortgage, it will send me right back to work.

We live quite simply. We have no debt, cook from scratch etc and since I am home with our girls, dh has had the chance to improve his career to the point that we are now making only a few thousand dollars less then when I quit my job 6 years ago.
post #16 of 200
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Originally Posted by LolaK View Post
So I have to ask, everyone who posted saying their household income is over $100K also pointed out that they are struggling in some way, or don't have new things, or aren't extravegant. What is wrong with making a good income? Why do you guys sound almost guilty about having money??
Hmm, I don't feel guilty nor do I think anything is wrong with making a good income. I was just merely pointing out some of our expenses like others on the thread have done. (Hmm got this thread confused with one in working/student mommas, no one in this thread prior to my post was listing expenses. Oops!)
post #17 of 200
We make 72 a year, but his health insurance is included with that and if you pay mine and DS its down to 65. If we moved to CA DH could easily make between 100-130 but the cost of living is so high we couldnt own a house and rent on a 3 bedroom house is around 3500 a month.
post #18 of 200
We're in the 100+K catagory too. That is before taxes, and keeping in mind I live in Canada, it's a healthy chunk out of it. We are comfortable, but we do pay a mortgage, we don't go on fancy vacations yearly (maybe once every 5), or have a lot of expensive toys or things-we're pretty low maintenance, we are fortunate in that we can invest and store away for retirement and the kid's post secondary, and have paid off things like our car or other loans, which we wracked up while getting to this point. Also being of the political, spiritual, social stripes we are, we also do donate a bit.

I don't feel guilty because it was a long hard road to get here, but I do feel the need to clear up any potential misconceptions about how we spend our money.
post #19 of 200
I voted over 100k. We are very comfortable. We don't struggle. And...I don't think we worked 'hard' to get here. We are both college educated (me, 4 year degree; dh, MBA) and he has a job he *loves*. We own everything we have outright except our home, and we're making some pretty mad progress on the mortgage since we recently sold in FL and moved to the midwest. We have health insurance, retirement funds, college funds, and other investments.

How did we get here? We're lucky. We were born into privilege and are whole in body and sound of mind. We had help with college and a down payment from our affluent families. We've never had a medical catastrophe or disabled child or natural disaster happen to us. We are fully aware of our good luck and privilege and thankful for it every day. We both work hard to make sure our children are aware of it too, though I don't want to be 'preachy' to them I do want them to appreciate their good lives.

It kills me to see people say 'we're well off but we worked hard for it!' because I know people who work their @sses off every day but are trapped in poverty nonetheless because of their lack of the privileges I enjoy. I know I don't 'work harder' than anyone else. I do think of myself as motivated and driven to succeed but I know the truth to my financial success is largely due to luck and circumstance. We give what we can charitably in both money and time and encourage our children to give of themselves too, because we know that we don't 'deserve' what we have, and those we would help don't 'deserve' not to have what they don't, ya know?
post #20 of 200

$30,000 - $39,000






$36,000 gross income.



How the heck have I saved money?


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