Avg US salary

Jul 5, 2019 492 Comments

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


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  • Wall st people make millions and still are not happy.
    Jul 5, 2019 11
    • Microsoft / Product IcPF06
      @gentrified that’s a bit racist.
      Jul 8, 2019
    • Google Gentrified
      Not really, if anything it is a bit greedy?
      Jul 9, 2019
  • Susquehanna International / Eng Kristaps11
    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.
    Jul 5, 2019 7
    • Susquehanna International / Eng Kristaps11
      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
    • AMD QVgF00
      Pretty spot on reply! Most of the idiots here making 200k+ aren't happy because they have massive egos and think they should be king of the world.
      Jul 8, 2019
  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    Money cant buy you happiness
    Jul 5, 2019 20
    • Dell CScy
      "I have a friend who money doesn't bring happiness to, that must mean that money doesn't make ANYONE happy!"
      Jul 5, 2019
    • Oracle pzd
      Not sure what you are talking about. The question was whether money can buy freedom or not.
      Jul 6, 2019
  • 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.
    Jul 5, 2019 12
    • I see a bunch of CNN headlines in the comments.
      Jul 6, 2019
    • Activision Blizzard / Design Metzen
      They’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.”
      Jul 6, 2019
  • Google Trump 1793

    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.
    Jul 5, 2019 7
    • Apple ratWheel
      good point and more than that thanks for headonic treadmill link. Didn’t know about it.
      Jul 5, 2019
    • New Aptiv
      Thanks for the link.
      Jul 10, 2019
  • LinkedIn


    How do you know they are happy
    Jul 5, 2019 9
    • Google / Eng hooli.xyz

      “if I have to judge happiness of large population, it has to be when they are gathered, and that happens mostly on festivals or theme parks.”

      You need to rethink that logic. Come on, it’s not that hard to apply some critical thinking.
      Jul 5, 2019
    • Amazon LRCN18
      Uh what.. I hope these comments are trolling. Hate to think someone at Amazon has a logic level of a 7 years old.
      Jul 5, 2019
  • In 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.
    Jul 5, 2019 7
    • This 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
    • Activision Blizzard yyyyyyyyyz
      My in-laws house is 40k appraised for. 2br ~1000 sq ft.
      Jul 5, 2019
  • Uber / Eng itsdara
    I was happy making $15/hr, unhappy making 400-500k/yr, it's life
    Jul 5, 2019 6
    • Wayfair / Eng pRjJ34
      What are you doing to earn that much money? You in SF?
      Jul 6, 2019
    • Uber / Eng itsdara
      Chasing TC will get you high TC
      Jul 6, 2019
  • Amazon asdfjkl9
    None 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
    Jul 5, 2019 17
    • Amazon yzjjay
      That’s happened in many other countries (Australia for example), but they’ve managed to get their shit together and make sure no one has to live under bridges without health insurance.
      Jul 6, 2019
    • Intel knPl06
      If 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
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Most people who claim 500k salaries are lying here. Don’t get worked up about it
    Jul 5, 2019 19
    • Uber / Eng iptable
      400-500 is normal for Senior at FAANGMULA
      Jul 6, 2019
    • Booking.com zCIM03
      What does grammar have to do with making that much money in tech?! He didn’t say he published a book 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♂️
      Jul 6, 2019


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