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Whats the lowest paying real job youve ever had?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TC6969, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 28, 2007
    Rockledge Florida
    A post in another thread made me think about this.

    My first real job (On payroll, paid taxes 20+ hours a week) was pump jockey/mechanics assistant at a gas station age 16.

    This was pre minimum wage and I got the princely sum of $1.00 an hour!

  2. stnmtthw

    stnmtthw Friend of Leo's

    Apr 2, 2012
    New Mexico
    I busted tires for a summer when I was 14. The shop owner paid me $2 an hour under the table. Sucked, but I couldn't legally get a real job at that age.

  3. mngsp

    mngsp Tele-Meister

    Jul 30, 2009
    Mandan, ND
    First job at Burger King. Minimum wage of $3.35/hour. My first paycheck consisted of a one hour meeting, after taxes I took home a whopping $3.08 :)

  4. Mjark

    Mjark Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 14, 2011
    Annapolis, MD
    $1.75 an hour working at a flag factory - 1970. I spent every nickel I made on weed.

  5. sacizob

    sacizob Friend of Leo's

    US Army $72 a month in 1960.

  6. ASC67

    ASC67 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 3, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN.
    My first job at the age of 14 was at a small local market as a stock boy for around $2 an hour.
    Seemed like good money to me at the time.

  7. Brian J.

    Brian J. Tele-Holic

    Nov 12, 2012
    i was a janitor in the mid 80's for a whopping $3.15 per hour

  8. ce24

    ce24 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 26, 2008
    $1.00/hr 1968. pumpin tane down in Wyoming. :cool:

  9. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    I started picking fruit at 15, getting paid by the box. At 17, worked at a potato processing plant that produced frozen french fries and tater tots. After a week on the line trimming awkward growths on potatoes and spotting potatoes with "hollow heart" (the potato is rotting inside), I was pulled to sit in the middle of loud, hot machinery and to empty a bucket of hot oil that would drip from a pipe. At random intervals, the drips would give way to gushes of hot oil. It was strangely peaceful, and I mentally recreated the Buddy Rich big band arrangement of Norwegian Wood. It was my first experience of being in a yucky physical situation and drawing inward to do music. Air travel and subways are a walk in the park when I do that. I was paid minimum wage, but I don't remember what it was. We were told to get haircuts, and if we didn't by the following Monday, they were going to load us on a bus and take us to the barber in town. I quit, rather than wait to find out if that was really going to happen (it didn't). A month later, I got a job teaching guitar in a music store for $2 per half hour lesson. I had 40 students by the end of the month. That set my life in music in motion.

  10. Jamie Black

    Jamie Black Friend of Leo's

    I started washng dishes at 14 for something like $2.65 an hour.

  11. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    $2.10 an hour flagging for crop dusters. This involved waving flags (or lights if it was night time) while a plane at an altitude of under ten feet flew at you. Pace off the next swath after he was lined up and hope he didn't drift in your direction (they often did, I went belly flat in the dirt or mud many times with a propeller passing directly over me). And, of course, you were getting parathion, or malathion, or some other bad nasty dumped on you with every pass. Best paying job for a teen available at the time due to the hours per week put in. The only days off were when it rained. Not very often in the high desert.

  12. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    KFC when I was about 15, think minimum wage was $1.35 an hour, I worked there just long enough to pay off a cheap stereo that I bought.

    Didn't eat any fried chicken for about 5 years after I quit, and I'm still not keen on KFC, I do like Popeyes!

  13. cowboytwang

    cowboytwang Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 28, 2003
    Sonoran Desert
    My first paying job was playing guitar in a band at the local Moose lodge and VFW. I was around 16 years old and the rest of the band were all in their 40s & 50s. They played a bunch of old country, some rockabilly, and CCR. They were all really bad alcoholics and those clubs looked like a fog machine was running all the time from how thick the cigarette smoke was. I got paid $45 a night for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. So the $135 a week is about the lowest I've ever done for a full time steady gig. Before anyone says something negative about playing music for a living, YES IT'S A REAL JOB!!!!

  14. Dflo

    Dflo Tele-Meister

    Apr 21, 2010
    Kansas City
    Minimum wage, burger flipper. I did learn a lot about working though.

  15. telepicker52

    telepicker52 Tele-Holic

    Sep 8, 2006
    Lima, OH
    My 1st job at age 16 was at a local ice cream stand for $.85 an hr. plus all I could eat!!

  16. wired to go

    wired to go Tele-Meister

    Aug 22, 2010
    W.T. Grant Janitor at $1.15/hr.

  17. dougmon

    dougmon Tele-Meister

    Aug 12, 2012
    I guess I did better - my lowest paying job was shipping and receiving in a record store. I think it was about $5/hr in 1979. On the other hand, after taxes and record purchases (we got a good discount) there wasn't really much left of the paycheck. But boy, did I have a great record collection.

  18. Justinvs

    Justinvs Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 31, 2008
    Wise River, Montana
    First summer I worked on the ranch was $1.00 a day, $5.00 if I was driving tractor. I was 11 and thought I was doing pretty good for a kid my age. Spent the 80's getting $400.00 a month, but didn't pay room or board so I got by.

    You think crime doesn't pay, try cowboying...

  19. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    Paper route, about fourteen years old. Ninety bucks a month.

  20. SteveO

    SteveO Tele-Holic

    Jul 22, 2009
    New Jersey
    First job was delivering milk on Saturday mornings.Started a 3:00 am , ran until 8:00 and got paid $3. A whopping $.60 per hour.. The up side was I got to drive around in a cool Divco milk truck with my Dad. Good lesson for a 12 year old.

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