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Which do you prefer?

Low-paying job you love 50 70.42%
High-paying job you hate 21 29.58%
KLAMarine said:
palou said:

That's entirely dependant on how big the difference in pay/difference in job is. 


If it gives me 10 million a month, I'll do that for a year, sure.


If it's 10% more pay, then no, of course.


YOu're going to have to be more precise in your answer, there.

How's this: the job you love pays half what the job you hate pays.

To me, it still depends...

If it's $30,000/year vs. $60,000/year I might pick the job I hate so not constantly stressing about money, have a decent standard of living, etc..

If it's $150,000/year vs $300,000/year I would pick the job I love.  The high paying job probably comes with a lot more stress of constant emergencies and less free time outside the office, etc... and the job I love has a better life/work balance than the one I hate...

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Job you hate until you save up enough to do the job you love.

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Well, you've said that the job you hate pays you twice the amount. I'd just grit my teeth. If it was a smaller discrepancy, I'd be playing Switch as the night shift security guard too.

As long as the job pays 'enough', get the job you love. What's enough is subjective though.

Depends on the degree of everything eh.

Absolute worst job that I hate but get $1m a year? No thanks

Absolute worst paying job but I love it? Again can't do that.

I tried going for one of those $100k a year jobs, but I found the amount effort needed to attain it simply unbearable.

Instead I am going for a ~$50k a year starting pay up to whatever and although I won't love the subject matter, I will still like it.

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High paying job as long as you can stand it, save as much of that money as possible, and/or invest it wisely. Then, when you've finally had enough, quit, and do whatever you like, without repercussions. If that newer job you love, starts to suck for whatever reason, being able to quit on the spot and walk away with zero worries, is bliss, considering your going home to a killer gaming entertainment center, to think about how many days/weeks your going to take off before you find another awesome job.

This is a very interesting topic. Money does not buy happiness but it does buy opportunities. Time and again, the research shows that experiences and relationships are the key to happiness. That said, if you are slaving away all the time, it is not possible to have either. I think the key is to have a job that pays enough for you to improve your relationships through experiences. Doctors and lawyers get paid a lot but they are never home. School teachers don't get paid much but they get summers and all holidays off. I have several friends that are orthodontists and dentists and they get Fridays and weekends off and work normal business hours Monday through Thursday. One of my friends lives in Wake Forest, NC and one of the "happiest" guys in town is this orthodontist - From my understanding, he worked his rear end off in his 20s and 30s to now be the big guy in town which allows him to travel, buy nice things and enjoy his life.

TL;DR - Become a dentist or orthodontist. You get Fridays and weekends off and make good money.

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How about a decent paying job that is tolerable?

Also, it depends where you live. Some areas (like the south) you can live comfortably on 30,000 a year (assuming you have little to no debt). For example, my city earns 24k per capita so you don't need a whole lot to live well.

Last edited by Snoopy - on 25 December 2017

I Work as a waitress and hate it but I make great tips

High paying job I love which is what I do now.

My past 4 jobs were low paying jobs that I hated though.

@OP - high paying job i hate because......




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