My salary is $32,000 a year and I get a day rate of $350 and $32 per diem each 12 hour shift I work. Holidays and anything over 12 hours is double day rate. I average about $11,000 a month income.
The bread I buy is about $2 a loaf but there is cheaper or more expensive as well, I usually buy an 18 count of eggs which is about $2, and milk is around $3.50 a gallon.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.8k) posted Jun 07, 2012
I am from a different country as well. I moved to US about 8 years ago right after high school for college. I never thought I could survive without family at the age of 18 in this country all by myself but I was wrong. US is probably the easiest place with nicest people around. I not only got independent and strong at a very young age but i learnt how to deal with life's biggest problems and survive in the worst conditions by which I mean worked really hard to pay a college tuition of $60,000. Today my husband and I have a combined income of over $150,000 a year. If you really want to change your life around then I encourage you to move here and forget about what perception people have about your country. There will always be stereotypical people around.
Florida2Texas (rep: 13k) posted Jun 07, 2012
@Florida2Texas It is very difficult to move to a new country. When you're younger, it's easier to adapt. You went there for school, so you had something to do and you were always busy. Plus, you had colleagues and stuff. Moving to a new country when you're older it's difficult because it's harder to make friends. Even more, you need to have someone there that can help for a few months with money and a roof over your head until you find a job :)
ancagavs (rep: 17.6k) posted Jun 08, 2012
Milk is around 3.25, Gas is about 3.20, bread (store brand) is about a dollar a loaf...1.30 for the name brand stuff. My son moved into a run down 2 bedroom apartment and I think he and his room mate are paying around 650 per month. For a decent one bedroom you would pay the same.
I make about 50-60k per year.
The USA is a land of opportunity rather than promise (although an argument can be made that it is becoming a land of promise with entitlements and welfare. Florida2Texas more than anyone else illustrates that opportunity. A better life can be made for a person willing to work and sacrifice. But also like Encorez said...just the income a a few markers is a poor way to determine quality of life. Cost of living is likely much higher here and...frankly...we as human tend to spend more than we need. So the money sounds like a lot, but doesn't seem like much.
nthsll (rep: 12.4k) posted Jun 08, 2012
Im from SF Bay Area. My prices are for organic foods :)
Milk - $5/gallon
Bread - $4
Eggs - $4/dozen
Meat - $7/pound ~ $14 for kilo.
Coffee - $4 cup (starbucks/peets)
Gas - $4.50/galon (thank god I have Fusion Hybrid)
Rent - 3Br. condo ~ $2500
Buy house ~ depends on the neighborhood. Average price - $750,000 (source - http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/San_Francisco-California/market-trends/)
Salary - classified :)
belarus94 (rep: 63.5k) posted Jun 08, 2012
I'm from Baltimore MD.. I was born over 30 years ago in Arlington VA to South Korean immigrants who came here in 1978. They told me before they came here that the way the United States was portrayed at that time, they were expecting the roads here to be paved with gold.. lol.. Well it's definitely not quite like that here, but it is probably one of the best places to live in the world, although also one of the most expensive!
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