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  • #16
    I make about $46K a year, currently, in hospital security, and will "top out" in about another year or two as an officer. My soon to be wife (September this year) makes a little more than me as an RN at another hospital but she doesn't work as many hours as I do. I work 40 hours a week and she works 32 hours a week, has money taken out of her check tax free for parking, and also has a 403B and a Roth IRA. So we do pretty well.
    Apparently a HUGE cop wannabe...

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    • #17
      Originally posted by dsoul27 View Post
      you guys have some low rent/house payments my rent here in California is $905 a month, and thats a one bedroom. Me and the wife is thinking of moving to washington state. next year. money goes a little further when you get outside of california.
      Depends where you go in Washington! Rents and home prices in the Seattle metro region aren't much better than what you describe, if any, and they don't really abate by very much all the way up to Bellingham at the border.

      One of the reasons is that western Washington is always being featured in one magazine or another as "one of the ideal places to retire", so the growth of the population in recent years has been very significant, and will likely only worsen as more and more people look for the "ideal place to retire".

      Food, energy, clothing, gasoline, etc. aren't much better either. We were still paying $3.25 for gas for quite some time after the news had announced the average price nationally had dipped below $3. (Now it's going back up again, of course.)

      And don't let the "no state income tax" thing fool you, either. Trust me...the state gets their money from you, but just in a lot of different ways.

      Parts of eastern, southern and central Washington are generally better pricewise, although the job opportunities are naturally more scarce and wages lower, of course.

      If you're open to other ideas, I was reading an article recently that listed Oklahoma City as one of the best cost-of-living places relative to wages in the area.
      Last edited by SecTrainer; 07-30-2007, 10:14 AM.
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      • #18
        I am a retired California Correctional Peae Officer and retired USAF, I also collect early Social Security. My Pricvate Security income is just extra so that I do not have to rob peter to pay paul. It is still tough with the price of gas. I really don't know how some folks live these days.
        Murphy was an optomist.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by jeff194307 View Post
          It is still tough with the price of gas. I really don't know how some folks live these days.
          I know what you mean... dunno' about prices in the US, but we're paying (at times) up to $1.40 AUD per litre

          Security work doesn't bring in enough to cover the bills (entirely) so I've still got a foot in at my old place of employment, between the 2 & family tax rebates we're doing okay
          Last edited by Maelstrom; 07-30-2007, 01:08 PM.
          "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill

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          • #20
            The wife's income pays for just about everything, but my income has been paying off the $15,000 debt we got into starting in late 2005. I'm just about done with the debt pay off. Wife's a Librarian for elementary school so it's 45,000 a year on her end. Me, I work a 56 hour work weeks, 3 days of (8) hour shifts and then (2) 16 hour double shifts. From what I make I take about $200 to $250 bucks out of it all and the rest goes straight to the credit card company. It'll be nice when I can actually start putting the bulk of my earnings in the bank.

            If I were on my own (single) I could however, live off of what I make easily though, since I'm an unconventional man who sees alternative ways to live versus the standard apartment or home approach, and no longer have expensive tastes outside of DVDs, books and an occassional road trip to somewhere. Thankfully the wife isn't all $Bling, $Bling either. When all is said and done however, I love the Security field and it's why I stay in it, though I have a hard time dealing with all the sag nuts do-nothing types around me 90% of the time... but I'll be starting my Peace Officer's schooling in October with three others from the PSC I currently work for.

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            • #21
              I will now sense there are three opening at this new job I apply ed for

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              • #22
                I'm doing OK for now, but the wife ran up a large medical bill with some stuff that happened this weekend. We don't have insurance, so that's gonna hurt pretty badly when it comes.

                I used to pick up part-time executive protection work on the weekends, and once took a leave of absence from my old company to work a short-term EP contract...Nowadays, I'm looking more and more at the idea of returning to law enforcement, mostly for the benefits and pay. Time will tell.

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                • #23
                  Security job pays the bills but I fix some transmissions on the side to have a little extra.
                  Old Fart
                  AKA WendallB
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                  • #24
                    Sadly No, hence the new job not in the security industry! I love the security field, and the people in it, but I got so tired of doing payroll and seeing the terrible wages of the Officer, who is the meat of the company! Then to add, mine wasnt so hot either.
                    Deputy Sheriff

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                    • #25
                      [FONT="Arial Black"][[COLOR="Blue"On a good wage I could take home up to $1.400 after tax but for a two week pay of 60 hours I would take home $890. after tax.

                      I was working casual at rate of $15.32 plus 18% on top of that which comes to $18.77 an hour. The only way to get a taste of it was to leave the x for good party time

                      Now I have very very wonderful beautiful Lady with four wonderful Adult children waiting for me to marry in December.

                      So what could I earn there,Or does this depend on what kind of security work you are doing and what State you live in.

                      My girlfriend as been telling me that it would be if I can get a job with insurance, could someone please tell what does this mean and is there any kind of security that comes with it.
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                      • #26
                        I am considering moving to Sacramento to apply to be a Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy, or I may join the Army Reserve... I just need to get something to do.
                        "Alright guys listen up, ya'll have probably heard this before, Jackson vs. Securiplex corporation; I am a private security officer, I have no State or governmental authority. I stand as an ordinary citizen. I have no right to; detain, interrogate or otherwise interfere with your personal property-... basically all that means is I'm a cop."-Officer Ernie
                        "The Curve" 1998

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                        • #27
                          We do OK. My wife works part time at IKEA and goes to school full time. She is working on getting her RN. I work 40+ hours at my full time job and do Motorcycle Funeral Escort on the side, which gives us about an extra $300-$500 a month, depending on how the funeral biz is going at any given time, and whether or not the timing of funerals conflict with my regular gig.

                          BHR Lawson--Why Sacramento? Just curious, it is a good department. If you do come this way, look me up.
                          "Gun control, the theory that 110lb. women have the "right" to fistfight with 210lb. rapists. " Author Unknown

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by BHR Lawson View Post
                            I am considering moving to Sacramento to apply to be a Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy, or I may join the Army Reserve... I just need to get something to do.
                            Give some consideration to becoming a Deputy US Marshal. Visit your local US Marshals Service Office and see if you qualify. You could do worse. You can be assured of one thing, you'll never get bored. There is an element of danger; the ubiquitous bathtub or shower has inherent risks as well.
                            Enjoy the day,
                            Bill

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by dsoul27 View Post
                              you guys have some low rent/house payments my rent here in California is $905 a month, and thats a one bedroom. Me and the wife is thinking of moving to washington state. next year. money goes a little further when you get outside of california.
                              I do fine on my salary. Course I'm older with a couple pensions behind me and my teeth soaking in a glass. The rents around here average 1300 a month for a 2 bedroom condo, you don't even want to look at a house. Like anywhere else it depends what type of security you do. The in house and proprietary security for the most part does much better salary wise than contract. Those positions and the state security positions average 16.00 and hour, the contract around here seems to average around 9.00 per hour. When you consider police start at an average 59,000 a year around here and security is 21,000, you see the reason you have very few "veteran" security personnel.
                              Old age and treachery will defeat youth and enthusiasm every time-

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by BHR Lawson View Post
                                I am considering moving to Sacramento to apply to be a Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy, or I may join the Army Reserve... I just need to get something to do.
                                Have you checked into a security position with the county Sheriff's office, or something with the DoD or VA. Lots of government security work out there.
                                Old age and treachery will defeat youth and enthusiasm every time-

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