My daughter just landed her first job out of college. Chicago, account assistant. 40k plus bonus. Two wks vacation, plus 13 sick/personal days. How does this rate?

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Who cares Copywriter 1, sheesh. I’d say that’s decent for starting salary. All other bennies including bonus are nice! In short, a bit under market for starting salary of an AAE

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5 years ago in LA, I made less as a junior.

Chicago is cheaper. Those 13 personal days are fucking awesome.

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Thanks, Sapient.
Copwriter, gfy.

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Why isn’t your daughter asking us herself?

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“Plus bonus”. Ain’t that a unicorn

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It’s not under standard in that market. That’s a great offer and she won’t be able to gwt more for that role until she advances

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Ive never heard of a state having a minimum salary requirement.

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Just found out that daughter will get paid overtime because she is under the Illinois state salary minimum, which is $47,476.

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I was an assistant AE in chi and got $10k less than her. Don’t think I got as much time off either. Passes my litmus test, but everyone’s different.

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@CD1 that’s how much all junior account folks make. (You should be nicer to them.)

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Pretty good for first job! I would take a look at the state's minimum salary requirement. I know LA is $46K and NY is about $52K.

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I would say it’s relatively on par. Make sure she finds housing under 1/4 her salary, which is 100% doable. I was severely underpaid as a AAE in Chicago at 30k. But I also worked for a shitty agency that I still regret. The PTO could be better, but it’s still not bad.

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Pretty on-par! That’s what my agency pays starting account positions (in Chicago as well). When I started as an AAE like 2 years ago in NYC, that was my salary (so with cost of living in New York and previous time frame, that pretty much evens out IMO).

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Seems 👍🏿. Congrats to her... and you.

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Seems about right!

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Rude

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I’m in Chicago making $38k at one of the big agencies.

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This pays slightly better than Boston AAE and the fact that she gets bonus is a huge plus

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@SVP If only this min. salary requirement for NY was true 🤷🏻‍♀️

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@aae2 if you're an hourly employee, it doesn't count, but they're supposed to pay you for OT. If you're not getting that, you should talk to HR bc your company isn't following the law. If you're being paid in cash, then I got nothing for you.

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