I’ve only talked to two agencies so idk about the rest but why are they starting out juniors at $45k?? in NYC?? 😭 is this the new norm??

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Dude. I STILL don't have a savings account and have years left on student loans. Welcome to America.

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OT is such a foreign concept to me. Where the hell was this when I was a junior?!

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I made $22K my first job in NYC and I’m only 35. It wasn’t that long ago

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Are you kidding? I started at $29k

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I turned down a job in NYC cause they only offered 40k with no negotiation. And that was like 4 years ago. Even 55k isn’t really enough to live (decently) in NYC. I wouldn’t go for less than 50k there.

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45 is the low end, but not unheard of. 45 - 60 is pretty much the range.

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Just lie and say you have a few years of experience at an overseas, small, private agency that doesn’t even exist anymore.

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My junior salary was 55k too and I always use my vacation to the max cos you know u won't even get it back when u don't use one. Then next job is 75k. Just get ur book real good and yes take freelance gigs for your book, rent and student loan. Good luck ✌️

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Due to the new overtime laws from a year or two back, juniors need to make a certain amount or agencies will suffer paying OT for them. And you know how much they work...

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@SD1 Creatives tend to start out higher than other departments. But yea... yikes...I think the lowest I'd heard before this was Chiat paying their junior planners 26 back in 09.

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That’s what I started at as a junior in nyc... in 2009.

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Made 30k in 2009 with no OT. Sounds like you are doing okay for yourself

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To be fair, prices in NYC are ridiculous. Rent goes up 100 a year, gas and electric seem to have their rates increased yearly. 55k might sound like a lot but without OT I wouldn’t have had a savings account with student loans and rent.

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I made 30K in 2009 at a mid size agency....perspective.

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Seems about the norm!

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My first agency gig was $35K. I survived and was super comfortable but now I look back and have no idea how lol

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Started at 50k a year ago. A year later making 85k. Don’t sweat it, grind it out, do good work and plan your next move.

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Started out at $35K and am only at $60K four years later... take the money and just work the OT and you’ll do fine.

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When I was looking in NYC 16 years ago, starting salaries were $18k, but more like $25 in Chicago.

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Welcome to advertising, I started out making $35k... Be great and do good work, the money will follow. Now I'm fuckin rich!

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