Is it true that average American salary is 55k ?
The reason I ask is I see 300-500k TCs here and people don’t seem to be as happy.
I feel I’m missing something. Are those Americans happy coz they already own home ?
Or is it that being a citizen you feel more “at home” and happier.
Maybe they don’t know what others are making so they are content due to ignorance ?
Can someone (ideally from Trump camp) enlighten me
Is it true that average American salary is 55k ?
- Most Americans actually aren’t happy. If you look at surveys you’ll see there’s an alarming number of Americans either living paycheck to paycheck or are chronically in debt. Studies have shown being in a constant state of financial insecurity can be devastating for our mental health.
You see people with high TC and unhappy here because there are a lot of insecure incels on Blind and Blind itself can function as a negativity echo chamber. They’re unhappy for different reasons.
- Bringing up CoL to compare oneself to the average joe in the US making 50k is one of the shittiest takes I see on Blind over and over and over again.
Unless you’re a straight up personal finance jackass (granted a lot of dudes on Blind are) you’ll still be pocketing way more cash making 150k in the Bay Area than anyone else making 55k living anywhere in the US.
Working in the Bay doesn’t mean you’re entitled to buy a house there. At the end of the day someone making bank in the Bay will have way more cash saved up to buy a house wherever they’re able to. They have wayyyy more financial freedom than 99% of America.
We’re also comparing income of kids in their 20s to the median working age in the US.
The constant entitlement I see on Blind is gross as fuck.Jul 7, 2019 8
- As Op requested, I’m in the Trump camp. I support Trump and look forward to his 2020 re-election. I grew up poor, come from a shattered family, and I’ve struggled my entire life. I’ve been discriminated against, treated unfairly, and been in trouble with the law. I’ve had a helluva a ride, but now I make ~$40k per month (base comp). One thing I’ve noticed is there’s a world outside of major cities, and that most city folk don’t have a clue what it’s like outside of those metro areas. They read about it and hear about it on CNN, MSNBC, but in reality they’re clueless; they live in their own bubble.
After my mom got her life together she made about $34,000 per year, and she lived a decent life since then. She’d be ecstatic if she made $55,000. In most non-metro areas, cost of living is much lower. For example, in middle America, there’s no way people would pay $16+ for a sandwich, like people do in SF.
Most of America are conservative or conservative-oriented, and they have a better sense of value and appreciation than others do; family, community, morals, country, pride. Since metro areas make up a very small percentage of area, most of America is conservative.
If you truly want to understand how most of America only makes $55k annually on average, try traveling across the US, and visiting the Real America. Get outside your bubble, and see the rest of the world; the rest of the US.
Liberals, leftists and anyone else suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome: Don’t @ me.
- Activision Blizzard / Design MetzenThey’re killing themselves with opioids because of some horrific profiteering from the Sackler family. Enjoy going down that rabbit hole. Truly tragic.
American cities do have a lot of transients, and 1st generation Americans. So I can see them being “less American.” For sure they’re less nationalistic (or putting “America first” over other countries)
Trump appeals to them for his protectionist, nationalistic policies. Aka saving miner jobs that Silicon Valley rolls their eyes with “but innovation, but technology, but it’s like horses in the 1800s.”
- Google Trump 1793https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonic_treadmill
Most people get trapped in a loop of: get money -> buy expensive things -> be happy about them for a while -> eventually it wears off -> want to buy more expensive things -> need to get more money (+ stress) -> repeat.
Learn to be satisfied with very little and you can easily achieve lifelong happiness. (And also be financially independent at 40 or sooner.)
People who can escape from this loop are rare, and probably most of them aren't on Blind.
- SAP theNewNewIn Waco Texas you can buy a house for $25k, fill up your grocery bag for $20 and have your kids in school for very little money. If two people make $55k each in a household, they’d be very comfortable.
The U.S. is rather large. Talking avrg. Income is like talking average income in Europe,, but the pay difference between London and an Eastern European village is hard to compare.
- SAP 10charsmaxThis is BS.
You cannot buy a house in Waco for $25k. Reasonable houses start at about $150k.
Groceries are slightly cheaper than in DFW but not in multiples. I’d say you could pay about $30 for the same groceries in DFW. Groceries are mostly about what and where you shop.
55k/household is not gonna get you a comfortable life in Waco. You can sure get by but forget about retirement at a reasonable age.Jul 5, 2019 6
- I was happy making $15/hr, unhappy making 400-500k/yr, it's life
- Amazon asdfjkl9None of this has to do with political preference. Assuming all trump supporters have low TC is like making an assumption based on someone’s race. Correlation does not equal causation
Trump supporter TC 537
- Intel knPl06If Trump loses it could cause the recession to come crashing down, a lot of people will lose jobs, property values plunge, etc. and that may be worse for tech immigrants compared with a Dem. The wealthy control the economy, period.
And homeless, health care issues will not change in CA no matter who's President, there's no advantage.Jul 7, 2019 0
- E*Trade / Finance cbEV72Most people who claim 500k salaries are lying here. Don’t get worked up about it