How to Land a +75k Job
I feel like 75k is that sweet spot in salary where you make just enough to enjoy most of the things you like without having to worry about money. Keep in mind, that’s a very subjective opinion, and that that amount is different for everyone.
As the title suggests, and to have any sort of credibility about writing this. I currently make +75k. To be concise, my current salary at my job is over 75k. The distinction being important because my income is does not fluctuate, like freelancers or other self employed people. And another important point is that I have been at jobs that made under 75k in the last 5 years.
Why 75k is a Sweet Spot
Doing some basic math here. 75k after taxes is about 55k, depending on state income tax and what not. Housing every year would be around 18k, assuming 1.5k per month, and remaining expenses(food, entertainment, bills, vacation, etc) come out to another 1.5k per month, let’s just say 17k for the purpose of easy math. So 35k expenses yearly minus 55k after taxes is about 20k a year in savings. If you put that money into the stock market, or real estate, or some sort of other investment. Even if you don’t get a single raise going forward, you should retire with over a million dollars(having already factored in inflation).
Spending 18k on housing, and 17k in other expenses is already living a pretty comfortable life. You can eat out a decent amount, live in a decent place(assuming you’re not in extremely high cost of living area). A lot of people can get pretty content with this situation, AKA me.
How do I Actually Make Over 75k?
This is actually fairly easy. Find a profession with high demand, study the crap out of the necessary skills, and apply like crazy. How do you find the necessary skills? Just google them. Or reach out to people who currently work in the industry on Linkedin. What professions are in high demand? Most jobs related to programming, engineering, healthcare, etc. I work in technology, and write code at my current job. I can’t even begin to count the number of people who are mostly self taught and made their way into the field.
Why Only These Fields?
- There is a lot of money in these fields.
- The need for good programmers and engineers is high.
- You do not need to depend on other people to get these jobs(as much).
Let me elaborate on this list a little.
- There is a lot of money in technology, obviously. Social media, phone usage, online retail, banking. Everything needs an app, everything needs a website, everything needs cyber security. There’s a lot of money in engineering too. Cars, planes, boats? They need oil. Petroleum engineering. They also need people to build them. Mechanical engineering. Medicine, prescriptions? Chemical engineering. The list goes on.
- These jobs are technical. Do be able to build quality products, you need quality engineering.
- You really don’t need to depend on connections as much to get these jobs. People want the best engineers and programmers, or else their company won’t function well. You can’t really compensate your technical skills because your dad’s friend is the manager at the company.
How Hard is Learning These Things?
Pretty hard. I’m not going to lie to you. But I will say this, you do NOT NEED to be incredibly smart to learn them and land a 75k job. You just to focus and work hard, and those are skills that you can build over time. I have met more than enough people that are not the quickest learners, or get bored easily, or didn’t do well in school, that are doing a great job at these high paying jobs.
Look. If you want to be happy, be able to enjoy things that you like, and not stress out about money all the time. There is a path for you. Just pull up your pants and start walking the path. No excuses, you and many others can do it.