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A 'Good Job' is Considered $12 an Hour: Is $12 an hour a decent wage?

Pamela 2009/06/04 21:09:58
Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
No.  $12 an hour seems too little
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Investing in green jobs can mean creating million manufacturing jobs. But this may mean that more jobs will be underpaid. What was once a $28-an-hour entry level job has now become a $12-an-hour job thanks to the economy. Some of these jobs are pretty tough - Is $12 an hour a decent wage?
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  • Artemis ~PHAET 2009/06/05 05:56:46
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    Artemis ~PHAET
    +5
    It depends on where you live. $12 an hour around where I live would be freaking awesome. Most folks around here don't even make $8 an hour.

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  • Chaotixa 2009/06/07 18:52:22
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    Chaotixa
    my husband just spent the last 6 months looking for a job and all he got was a regular crew member position at a fast food joint making minimum wage. He used to make twice as much. its been really hard for us, but we're making it work. 12$ an hour is a dream come true to alot of people who have nothing right now. i think its a great place to start for all those who have no jobs, 0$ an hour, or in my case, crappy jobs and minimum dollars an hour.
  • ladypuppylove 2009/06/07 17:42:31
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    ladypuppylove
    Just be thankful that you have a job
  • Torchy 2009/06/07 16:04:23
    No. $12 an hour seems too little
    Torchy
    I make $15 an hour before taxes. I'm sure $12 is better than nothing; but I know with my student debt, my rent, and other misc. household bills, I couldn't live on $12 an hour.
  • Adam Torchy 2009/06/07 23:24:19
    Adam
    +2
    Hell I make $38 dollars an hour and I find it hard sometimes.
  • yougott... Adam 2014/11/17 16:49:42
    yougottobekiddingme12
    +1
    Go eat fish eggs with your butler richie rich
  • Selrisitai Adam 2014/12/10 03:22:11
    Selrisitai
    How? HOW!?!?!?
  • Tobi 2009/06/07 14:58:08
    No. $12 an hour seems too little
    Tobi
    +1
    for a 14 year old, yes.
    to support a family, No.
    it is better then nothing though.
  • Nathan ... Tobi 2011/11/15 07:23:05
    Nathan Kratochvil
    +2
    I don't know what kind of 14 year old you think makes $12 an hour, but okay.
  • Spizzzo BN-0 2009/06/07 07:35:25
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    Spizzzo BN-0
    +1
    it's not very good, but barely decent.
  • Wicked (Holla Back Boy) 2009/06/07 06:55:51
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    Wicked (Holla Back Boy)
    I make 12.50 an hour... though my job is dangerous, and I also make 11.50 an hour at my other job. Isn't dangerous but requires a talent to deal with annoying people... and i'm in college. so i don't hold a degree... I think that's decent for non degree holders
  • david Wicked ... 2013/01/17 15:03:26
    david
    +8
    I'm still studying and I get $29 an hour
  • D-rainbowskittlez 2009/06/07 06:23:40 (edited)
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    D-rainbowskittlez
    you can do many things with that to survive a desent life..

    but it kind off also depends on wat job ur workin in and how the economy is where ur livin..
  • Terry J Vey 2009/06/07 06:18:35
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    Terry J Vey
    +1
    I was makeing $15.15 per hour here in Wisconsin.My used car was paid for!My rent with heat was $530.I was able to put away money with this wage.Now being unemployed I would love a $12 per hour job!I would even be happy with $10 to start.The unemployement will be running out soon.I honestly do not know what to do if that happens.I am just at my wits end here.
  • Chaotixa Terry J... 2009/06/07 18:55:15
    Chaotixa
    hang in there, and just keep trying. it took my husband over 6 months to find a job, but he did eventually, and that was with alot of hard work and determination, so dont give up! it'll be ok eventually.
  • Terry J... Chaotixa 2009/06/07 19:33:22
    Terry J Vey
    +1
    Thank You it is just fustrating and I sometimes let it get to me!
  • Chaotixa Terry J... 2009/06/07 20:39:44
    Chaotixa
    +1
    no prob, i know how it is :)
  • kittybaby 2009/06/07 03:22:53
    No. $12 an hour seems too little
    kittybaby
    +1
    I live in CA and there is no way anyone could live on $12 and hour. I do think it depends on where a person lives though. My nephew lives in Nebraska and makes $17 hr, he thinks he's rich.
  • shitbird 2009/06/07 02:48:04
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    shitbird
    As long as you live in Bangladesh! 12 decent wage live bangladesh
  • Jessica 2009/06/07 01:03:36
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    Jessica
    Yeah, it does depend on where you live. But I believe to live conformable in the U.S. 12 bucks an hour is reasonable. Now with everything going up people need higher wages, especially those trying to survive in the U.S. tough economy now and trying to raise a family, pay bills, and have basic necessities. 12 bucks an hour is reasonable in the United States anyways.
  • Louisa 2009/06/06 21:38:35
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    Louisa
    $12 is fine to start with. But considering how the cost of living keeps going up and up, it should probably be around the minimum anyone should consider.

    If a job earns you less than childcare for the same number of hours would cost, rethink taking it. Even if you're not a parent, that's a good rule of thumb.
  • OhioCritter-Adopt a Homeles... 2009/06/06 21:17:41
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    OhioCritter-Adopt a Homeless Pet
    Well- I live in Northeast Ohio- and make a few dollars more then 12. I own my home- Mortgage is $785 a month.
    Things are very tight. I am fighting to hold on. Got NO PAY Raise this year- due to economy.
    But to START a job at $12 is NOT Bad. If its especially entry level - what kind of education if any is needed???
  • panda in bandanna 2009/06/06 19:51:57
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    panda in bandanna
    $8.25 is the minimum wage where i live..so $12 per hour is good enough
  • Dewymoon 2009/06/06 19:48:49
    No. $12 an hour seems too little
    Dewymoon
    I make a little more than this .... BUT I tell you what .. when I get laid off ... Yes I will be next year ... I will not be above taking a job making 12 a hour ..... its so hard to find a job making 10 ..... Believe me its better then 0 dollars
  • Serena 2009/06/06 19:29:56
    No. $12 an hour seems too little
    Serena
    i make much more than that! i cant imagine that little!
  • Louisa Serena 2009/06/06 21:39:33
    Louisa
    Lucky. $12 an hour is the most I've made for a job with an hourly wage.
  • Serena Louisa 2009/06/06 21:43:42
    Serena
    wow. i dont kno wat to say. but i do feel bad for you...
  • Louisa Serena 2009/06/06 21:48:58
    Louisa
    +1
    Well, I did just graduate from college. But it's very tough to find a decently paying job in any fields other than, say, engineering or medicine. $12 an hour looks pretty good compared to McDonald's $6.50.
  • Serena Louisa 2009/06/06 21:53:19
    Serena
    I agree. Though I did work at Wendy's for a short time...
  • Selrisitai Serena 2014/12/10 03:25:14
    Selrisitai
    You "can't imagine" that little? Did you NEVER have a low-paying job?
  • Twilightdreamz13 2009/06/06 14:33:47
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    Twilightdreamz13
    +1
    my mom survived ten years with 12 dollar wage.
  • Erica 2009/06/06 14:11:54
    No. $12 an hour seems too little
    Erica
    Depends on where you live really and in most places the standard of living cost is way higher.

    I live in Miami, FL and you'd need two jobs that pay $12 an hour to stay above water and that's just barely....still, it beats being unemployed
  • Luis 2009/06/06 07:27:13
    No. $12 an hour seems too little
    Luis
    +3
    My Wife makes 13.00 an hour and it amounts to 600 dollars every two weeks. This is after taxes,Social Security, and insurance. Our rent is 975.00 a month and we could not pay for our car payments so we lost our house and both our cars. That is with claiming six dependents. I can't imagine how anyone who does not live at home with their parents could work for this wage. This is why people are loosing their homes. They are employed but employed by Wal Mart, Lowes, Target, and Home depot. None pay well. People are under employed and some have little or no health care insurance. It's a cruel joke. You can't live on that in California or New York.
  • Selrisitai Luis 2014/12/10 03:27:07
    Selrisitai
    I'm making 12.00 an hour now, and my last check was 789 dollars after taxes and social security.
  • chiglet - Daedric Sigil Mag... 2009/06/06 07:09:28
    Yes. $12 an hour is a decent wage to start
    chiglet - Daedric Sigil Mage, Smirotiel
    $12 an hour is more than many people in my area are paid, so I'd say it's a damn good wage.
  • Luis chiglet... 2009/06/06 07:34:46
    Luis
    +2
    Not in California and in NYC it would be impossible to live anywhere if you made that. Maybe you live in Kentucky or down South where wages are low and the standard of living is cheap. If you lived in LA and made that you would be living in a cardboard box.
  • chiglet... Luis 2009/06/06 07:53:05
    chiglet - Daedric Sigil Mage, Smirotiel
    Very true. It's amazing the price differences for the exact same items.
  • Wayne 2009/06/06 05:46:25
    No. $12 an hour seems too little
    Wayne
    12.00 an hour wont do anything It is basically just above entry level, but it a start in the right direction
  • 1019803 2009/06/06 05:42:05 (edited)
    No. $12 an hour seems too little
    1019803
    +2
    Your kidding right? This can't be a serious question. Pay a mortgage or rent, car payments or lump sum for auto, auto insurance, health insurance, food, cloths, laundry, medicine, etc, etc. HELL NO. NOT EVEN CLOSE. And have no money for beer!!! I move to another country first. health insurance food cloths laundry medicine close money beer country
    Don't even talk to me about $12 an hour!
  • Luis 1019803 2009/06/06 07:35:31
    Luis
    +1
    I love this Cat!
  • 1019803 Luis 2009/06/06 07:38:16
    1019803
    :)

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