Originally Posted by LivintheDream
that probably is low for new york city. but even adjusted for cost of living, 18k in nashville is damn near poverty.
It really is near poverty. Simply my student loans alone (thanks Berklee!) would take all of that after taxes, etc.. Hell, my father pays 14,000USD/year in health insurance alone (cancer survivor).
I guess it really is a supply/demand thing. There's a huge supply of "potential engineers" now, and no one wants to hire them, so subsequently they are paid less than illegal immigrants mowing yards or building our roads.
18K wouldn't be as bad IF:
The studio provided 100% health insurance coverage, and reimbursement for deductables. Group rates for life insurance/dental would be good too. Yes, I know many of you have said here how you all feel that you should just save, and insurance is unneeded. I disagree, and on 18K/year you aren't saving much.
The studio has a good record of quickly increasing wages (for competent employees).
The studio is near public transit (nearly nonexistant in most part of the South last I checked), and helps the people get cheaper subway/bus passes.
The person who is hired has regular hours so that they can do other work on the side.
The studio allows the assistant to book sessions and take a portion of the money when the studio isn't booked.
18K is ok for like 6 months, but really... it's 9/hr. I've had grocery store jobs pay that, or nearly that. Your average secertary makes FAR more (like 30-70K or more a year).
I don't think that anyone should have to work 80+ hours a week to survive. I do think that a company should pay a person enough to reasonably live.