mckinleypics wrote in post #13241124
I think a more interesting poll would be one that doubles the choices - one set for professional photographers, and another set for hobbyists.
Yeah, I thought about that, but not sure what the value is. I'm not asking what gear people have. Wages are wages... whether you are professional or not.
I'd also venture to say that most people on POTN tend to be hobbyists or photography is their second, not main job.
MikeFairbanks wrote in post #13242014
But I can't complain. We feel blessed to live in a nice neighborhood with great neighbors, etc. We have never left the country (except the Bahamas and Mexico). Our vacations are more like hitting the Gulf Coast for a few days, but that's nice enough. No worries. We spend within a couple hundred bucks of my take home pay each month. We're pretty good about not spending too much money, but my weakness is fast food, pizza, etc...
Thanks for sharing, Mike. This was more the sort of response and discussion I was hoping to have here. Perhaps this thread is less about photography or how much money people have to spend on it... rather, it's more about getting to know each other in a sense.
I used to be a public sector employee in MA and one of the major newspapers set up a database on their website titling it: "Your Tax Dollars at Work." You can look up Boston or State Employees. It's public information, but I never liked the how people were using it to look up what their peers made.
Honestly, Mike, I would have thought teachers in Atlanta would make more money. The teacher's union in Boston is fairly strong and can make quite a decent living... there's a salary schedule based on the number of years. Here's a sample, but I don't know how to read it. I think the cost of owning a house down in Atlanta is much less down in the South, especially if you live outside the city and bought during the 90s.