How much did your first job pay?

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Found 16th Nov 2017
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$160 on GTA III

My first job paid £4.10 ph I was 16 and a sales assistant in my local corner shop that was 16 years ago. Now i'm on £8.05 working in the NHS.

madmaggs1 m ago

My first job paid £4.10 ph I was 16 and a sales assistant in my local …My first job paid £4.10 ph I was 16 and a sales assistant in my local corner shop that was 16 years ago. Now i'm on £8.05 working in the NHS.


Are you part time with NHS? £8 per hour with NHS is super low, what are you doing?

No I've worked there for 13 years (went from the corner shop straight into the NHS) and been full time with them for 12 years. I'm a catering assistant and that's only a band 1 job that's why my pay is so low i'm on the bottom of the pay scale.

£1 an hour working as a griddle chef back in 1986 when I was 15.

£10 a week doing a paper round in 1995, then started working part time at Sainsbury's for £2.93 an hour in 1997. Thankfully I'm on a bit more now

2 paper rounds and an evening shop job at 14 netted me £27+ a week at the turn of the millennium. Then first out of school job was . £3.01 a hour. But i feel i had more disposable income then than i do now with a bigger wage.

£25 per week apprentice upholsterer in 1976. 62p, per hour

85p an hour in 1983, trainee paint sprayer
Edited by: "gvb67" 16th Nov 2017

2005 corner shop job 19 hours a week paid £65 quid.. this was probably illegal mind.. but at 15 years old the money was fab

£1.80 an hour in 1987

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Mine was £3.20 in 2000.

£108 per week in a brown paper envelope with a paper slip hand wrote the amounts 🤣
Edited by: "ashmac" 16th Nov 2017

£1750 per year in 1979. Ran a car, always had beer money and lived with my parents for free, didn't know how lucky I was!

Used to wash cars in 184 to86 in a local supermarket car park while at school, even took on a mate, earned £25 for just a Saturday and lots more in the summer holidays. Left school and started a “proper job” on £25 a week!
Edited by: "eslick" 16th Nov 2017

£7.50 an hour (because I’m a cleaner and we all get paid the adult wage) and at my first job (started at 16). January marks a year so I can’t be doing too bad.

Cakeboy793 h, 45 m ago

£10 a week doing a paper round in 1995, then started working part time at …£10 a week doing a paper round in 1995, then started working part time at Sainsbury's for £2.93 an hour in 1997. Thankfully I'm on a bit more now

That was good money! I had a paper round in maybe 94 and it only paid £6.50 a week. On a Sunday I'd do a double round with about 25kg of Sunday broadsheets on my back for an additional £6.

£1800 pa for my first full time job. I got less in my wages than I was getting with my 3 paper rounds, cleaning job and evening cash & carry job whilst I was still at school.

£3.60 in 2000 at a cracker factory whilst a student at uni - lasted 2 weeks. Was a great job now that I look back

My first job as a Apprentice Mechanic when I was 16 paid £30 a week it went up to £35 when 17.

£6 per week, straight out of school at 16 working for Midland Bank in 1970. Pre-computer days it took years to get to the elevated position of working on the counter.

£5.50 a week in 1969 learning how to assemble watches. Not the battery kind, real windup watches. . .

£2.07 sat on a checkout at 16.
Edited by: "eayragt" 17th Nov 2017

£2.50 an hour working a hospital lab in 1984, before starting Uni. Most money I've ever had!

25p a Day (5/- in them days), first Saturday Job (All Day) in a Supermarket.
Edited by: "zirk" 17th Nov 2017

rtmlk16th Nov

£25 per week apprentice upholsterer in 1976. 62p, per hour


You did well, I got £16 per week, same year.
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