Husband and wife TC gap and age gap

Jul 22, 2019 589 Comments

Blind community, what’s your fair opinion review based on the scenario?

H: current 180k base + 25k bonus, engineer role, yoe 15, master degree
W: current 100k base + 10k bonus, IT Support role, yoe 3 (previous background: 7 yoe banking retail, 4 employment gap due to raising kids while studied MBA/MIS, undergrad business, re-entered In 2016 in software support, YR 1 TC, 60k

Age gap H>W 15 Y

Have been Stressful in argument and fights, when topic leads to TC, 100k is not considered as a contributing spouse because it is too little in the Bay. Feel insulting and gender inequality with this huge age gap.

What’s wrong here? What do you have to say?


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TOP 589 Comments
  • 15 years age gap
    Man she might have got a better sugar daddy with better tc
    Jul 22, 2019 12
    • Ellie Mae aha-aha
      Amazon - wFOC46, your wife, making 0 staying gone with kids has 0 contribution or very little to your definition?
      She is working at home, full time!
      Jul 25, 2019
    • Amazon wFOC46
      She is absolutely contributing. I should have clarified, she's the one that's insecure about not bringing home a paycheck and brings it up any time we have to talk about money. I am totally fine with it, but it means we have to make trade-offs.

      The reason she's staying at home is that we priced out childcare and it was going to be $3500/mo for 2 kids, so at a bare minimum she's contributing that in addition to all the other things she does. Also, I'm not sure you can put a price on raising your own kids. My son is nationally competitive in 2 sports and I directly credit that to my wife having the time to take him to practices and events.
      Jul 25, 2019
    • Microsoft / Product

      Microsoft Product

      Bain & Company
      Ah, I forget being good at sports is more important than getting better scores in the US
      Jul 25, 2019
    • Splunk / Eng ImaRainbow
      Chinesehacker, your comment makes no sense. A marriage can start out as equal TC, but a handful of years later it’s inevitable that careers will diverge—one will be more successful than the other in terms of dollars. Measuring people’s worth in family or social settings by their workplace comp is a sure route to conflict & unhappiness.
      Jul 25, 2019
    • Uber / Eng fomo
      Finding equal tc in marriage is absurd and stupid. The goal of marriage is to find an equally loving soul
      Jul 26, 2019
  • Amazon / Eng @>_
    What the fuck does TC have to do with anything? Husband sounds like a massive shitbag.
    Jul 23, 2019 23
    • Amazon / Eng Brad ley
      The difficulty of the job is irrelevant. If one person contributes more in the financial aspect of the relationship, then the other person should contribute more in a different aspect of the relationship. Otherwise you breed feelings of resentment in the person who is always contributing more.

      The only way both partners would contribute 50/50 exactly in all aspects of the relationship is if they are literal clones of each other. Different people are good at different things so you should celebrate those differences and work off of each other's strengths, not force every aspect of the relationship to be cut 50/50. Take some, give some.
      Jul 26, 2019
    • Google nanithefu
      I understand if you work more hours and/or is more stressed from work so your spouse helps out with your share of chores. However if you're saying you deserve to do less chores solely because of TC then I totally disagree. TC should never be a bargaining chip in marriage and shouldn't even enter the conversation when it comes to household responsibilities. It's a very slippery slope when one party can say "Oh yea you drive the kids I make double TC" "You get groceries I make double TC"
      Jul 26, 2019
    • Amazon / Eng Brad ley
      "I bring in the money to buy the car and the gas, you go pick up the kids" "you actually go out and buy the groceries, I will pay for them" these aren't problematic to me, the opposite actually to me, they are fair. I don't understanding why you wish to downplay the importance of providing money in the relationship. Financial issues are one of the biggest reasons for divorce. Working as a team is more important than dividing things in half
      Jul 26, 2019
    • Amazon / Eng @>_
      >"I bring in the money to buy the car and the gas, you go pick up the kids" "you actually go out and buy the groceries, I will pay for them" these aren't problematic to me, the opposite actually to me, they are fair.

      If people were paid based on how hard and long they work, sure. But considering that many jobs with long, stressful hours pay shit and many easy, laid back jobs pay well that clearly isn't true. Chores should be divided by energy and time available, not how much money you contribute.

      >I don't understanding why you wish to downplay the importance of providing money in the relationship.

      Because it's treating your partner like an employee. "Hey, I know you're just as tired as I am from work, but I arbitrarily get paid more. Pls run errands and clean servant" is kind of how it comes off. I couldn't imagine telling my partner to do more chores just because I make more. If it was that important to me not to do work like a pleb I'd hire people, not force it on my partner as if their only other value is the money they generate.
      Jul 26, 2019
    • Amazon / Eng Brad ley
      Seems like our disagreement goes really deep, down to a fundamental level of value of work. it appears to me that youre a believer of labour theory of value, and I just can't get behind that.

      And it's not treating your partner like an employee, it's giving them the respect of being equal in their capacity to contribute to the family
      Jul 26, 2019
  • Facebook veVX74
    I'm not sure what husband is complaining about. 100k seems good for 3yoe and non eng role
    Jul 22, 2019 3
    • Amazon / Eng nutboy39
      Yep. Not seeing how the “wage gap” is significant at all. The age thing, I could see being an issue.
      Jul 25, 2019
    • Oracle / Mgmt aiabc
      It’s always the grass is greener on other sides , wife is a teacher , she earns way way lesser in Bay Area ... luckily we can survive based on my tc ... there are other things to life other than TC
      Jul 25, 2019
    • Microsoft Queasy
      I thought the wife is the one complaining!
      Jul 26, 2019
  • Oracle / R&D TLead
    For starters, if you want a relationship then don’t talk about TC. Secondly, if you want to date or marry someone just for TC, then it’s not a relationship.
    Jul 22, 2019 28
    • Expedia Group mafiaa
      @BeingCoder are you a gujju from India ?
      Jul 26, 2019
    • Expedia Group oytI85
      265k TC is low in bay area? 😳
      Jul 26, 2019
    • Oracle / R&D TLead
      I never said my TC is low. But it is definitely low if I want to buy a good house.
      Jul 26, 2019
    • Yelp tuyw233
      You don’t need to buy house right away. You are pretty young instead enjoy your time, travel a lot and have fun before buying house
      Aug 4, 2019
    • Facebook BeingCoder
      @mafiaa why would you assume that?
      Aug 4, 2019
  • “4 year employment gap due to raising kids”

    Ok, ok, FUCK this husband. Wife takes 4 years off to raise his kids and gets rewarded with “durr hurr your TC is not high enough.”

    When his is only a little higher with 15 YOE.

    If anything you could b!tch about HIS TC when people with 15 YOE are making 500k+.

    She did her job, now you do your motherfucking job.
    Jul 23, 2019 8
    • The main problem isn’t the career thing, it’s a lack of respect and appreciation for the sacrifice that you made, and especially considering your age gap you can’t be expected to make the same TC as him.

      So, start from there. You mentioned you have kids so just talk to him about your problems. You will have to be the mature one here.

      Explain how you feel disrespected that he keeps bringing up your TC when you sacrificed your time and your body to take care of the children. And how even though he may be worried about finances, he needs to discuss it with you rationally rather than trying to browbeat you in feeling “guilty” for not making enough.

      Don’t let yourself be disrespected. You’re already making good money for your YOE. Don’t allow him to feel like tearing you down over your TC is going to make a difference.

      At the same time, quietly focus on your career and figure out the next steps, whether it’s becoming a developer, QA, whatever. This is to improve your own self-esteem and prepare for if you should eventually want to divorce (or he wants to divorce).
      Jul 23, 2019
    • Ellie Mae aha-aha
      Focusing on career was what I did in the past 3 Y and I will have to continue doing it - financially independent.

      It is not that I am afraid of divorce, unfair treatment for the kids to grow in a broken family. I don’t want to take this path yet that’s why I am still here after 10 Y in marriage. Who knows he may be preparing for it too, secretly putting away $ in his own piggy bank.

      I never knew Blind is that powerful with so many comments. There are definitely key takeaways too.

      Maybe I can ask you for a referral after I crush course some coding skills, at my next job hunt! 😂
      Jul 23, 2019
    • Right, I understand. You have to stay strong! Your marriage may be salvageable and who knows, people do change.

      I can tell you’re smart, you’ll do well in a coding job :-) Definitely will refer you!
      Jul 23, 2019
    • Microsoft pJcW86
      "MBA degree should have landed me much further than the starter pay TC 60k in 2016. "

      He needs to get out of his fucking tech bubble 60k -> 100k in a few years (with a kid that you are likely shouldering the burden) *IS* high pay even though the start isn't that high. Your TC has more potential to be higher than his 15yr 180k which is likely his ceiling unless he man's up and switches to a new company instead of turn into a whiny 180k dev.
      Jul 25, 2019
    • Ellie Mae aha-aha
      Microsoft why you think 180k is his ceiling? Inputs?

      Yes I thought initially finishing degree is done. Never ending study! Lol.. I did take many courses for continue education during the past 2 jobs since 2016. I guess the effort has been paid out, at least for now I am happy with my job. But just Sf commute Sucks!
      Jul 25, 2019
  • Medallia Maximus8
    100k with 3 yrs is pretty good compared to 180k for 15 yrs. wifey spending 4 years raising kids is worth more than any tc in market. Are u husband or wife?
    Jul 22, 2019 8
    • Tibco software / Eng !mlikoj!
      What kind of fights lead to TC discussion? Really the core question you need to answer is the solution to all your problems another 60k? Are you problems really financial necessities or are they just lifestyle changes? There a plenty of families in the bay where the husband is sole breadwinner and makes about 200-250k. Heck I know people who make much much less than that and still living happily. So moving out of bay or having either of you increase your tc is not really the answer to your problems. You need to figure out if TC fight is just the outer shell and maybe there's something else that is more inflicting and that is something you need to address.

      I've been in a relationship for a very long time where my GF was earning much more than me and our combined TC was less than yours. But that was never as issue. We fought - but not over tc. So its almost impossible to fix your problems just by earning another 60 or 80k. The ceilings ALWAYS go up. So I hope you can figure things out by just calmly understanding each others points of views. For instance, maybe he wants to you to earn more to save more (for some future expense). You guys can look at your current expenses and see where you can cut down on your spending, move to a less expensive house maybe? Cut down on eating out often? These things add up pretty quickly. There have to be some sacrifices for you to live peacefully. And both of you need to come to terms with that.

      Once you have the right environment, you will automatically be motivated to find a higher paying job. Each person has their own timeline and I hope you guys get there too.
      Jul 22, 2019
    • Ellie Mae aha-aha
      Jul 23, 2019
    • Ellie Mae aha-aha
      SAP - already tried Austin 2013-2015 when he was sole income at TC 150k. The company got sold and CA brought us back
      Jul 23, 2019
    • Ellie Mae aha-aha
      Tibco- thanks for the inputs. You are right it is not where to live or ceiling of TC. We probably outgrow each other and other critical issue I d have to figure out
      Jul 23, 2019
    • Amazon SysRq
      Learn to code and dump him lol. 180k for 15 yoe is just sad.
      Jul 25, 2019
  • Oracle djjdhbw
    H: 430K, 6 YOE, W: 170K, 2.5 YOE
    Jul 22, 2019 6
    • NVIDIA monolith_
      Who asked for this info?
      Jul 23, 2019
    • Amazon Asthene
      Nobody asked...
      Jul 25, 2019
    • Amazon WoolyScarf
      It's Blind - everyone's thinking "TC or GTFO", amirite?
      Jul 25, 2019
    • Amazon / Product Ftes
      TC or GTFO
      Jul 25, 2019
    • Qualcomm / Eng parrotcork
      I like this guy To the point !
      Jul 25, 2019
  • Salesforce 1confusion
    TC shouldn’t even come up. We talk about “our” earnings and “our” expenses, irrespective of who pays
    Jul 22, 2019 1
    • Altria / Data Kthak
      OP read this again and if you don't understand read this post till you do.
      Jul 25, 2019
  • LinkedIn / Eng phatman
    I'm sorry but you have a very shitty husband
    Jul 22, 2019 2
    • Google


      Jul 25, 2019
    • Amazon fvXy65
      Also agree
      Jul 26, 2019
  • GoDaddy / Eng

    GoDaddy Eng

    Lyft, GoDaddy
    My TC: 400K, my wife's: 100k. I want to be a at home dad and my wife is way smarter than I am. Love and respect are essential for a relationship. Raising and nourishing kids are you both's responsibility. You do something that he is probably totally incapable of doing, work and take care of kids. Be proud of yourself.
    Jul 25, 2019 3
    • eBay / Eng

      eBay Eng

      Or pay someone 40k to do that for you and then earn more than 100k. It makes absolutely no sense for people who aren’t poor to raise their own children as the damage to your career is permanent and only grows worse after each passing year. If you choose to raise your kids then complain about your earnings you deserve to live in a box.
      Jul 25, 2019
    • FedEx PISE61
      Omg this guy is a idiot 1 million dollars wouldn’t be enough to trade for my time with children. Pay someone else to raise your children you are a fool blinded by money.
      Jul 25, 2019
    • LinkedIn beotbtys
      Raising children is not the same thing as spending time with them. Sending kids to daycare is great for socializing them, even if you are a stay at home parent! Important for them to build social skills and social circles at a young age!

      It’s not binary. You can still have one spouse work 3 days a week. Or negotiate 4x10, so many more solutions than work or not.
      Jul 25, 2019


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