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17 May 2007 @ 07:54 pm
20 years for this?  
So yesterday, I got that mailer from the Social Security Office. You know, the one that tells you what your benefits will be when you retire (yeah, right!)

My income has varied so widely over the past few years, and I wanted to get a visual, so I plotted out my net earnings since I began earning taxable income, 20 years ago. With a little help from the National Center for Education Statistics, of all places, I conjured up this graph of relative value.

I'm not the kind of guy who cares to keep his earnings private, but regardless... I've removed all the dollar amounts. But you can see how much I'm earning now, relative to when I was unemployed for much of 2002, following the dot-com bust and my company going bankrupt... and how much less I'm earning than my first job out of college (waiting tables in Austin!)

Fascinating!

 
 
 
fleepsfleeps on May 18th, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)
PS The graphed earnings are just the "official" net figures, by the way. In 2006, I actually earned quite a bit more than indicated on the graph... I've just gotten better/more diligent at writing off my business expenses, which lowers my bottom line.

Regardless, the "gross" levels for 2006 would still be no higher than halfway to my 2004 level... Which means I won't be buying a Lamborghini anytime soon.
Queso: Workqueso on May 18th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
Although you probably earned more in 1994 waiting tables in Austin, too... unless you reported 100% of your tips, of course. ;-)
fleepsfleeps on May 18th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Heh, heh. Touche!