Working For Minimum Wage

February 4, 2012 by Kailani  
Filed under daily life, random thoughts

The other morning, a bunch of my friends and I were talking about our first jobs.

One guy used to work at a service station (back when they provided service), one girl worked at McDonalds, and another girl in a popular retail store.

Me? I used to clean classrooms at my high school. Thinking back, I realized that it was a relatively easy job – cleaning the chalkboards, emptying the trash cans, sweeping, and clapping erasers for 5 different classrooms. On Fridays, I would also have to mop the floors. I hated Fridays.

I was fourteen when I first started and made $2.10 per hour. Back then, that was a lot of money and I thought I was rolling in the dough! Woo hoo!

Do you remember your first job?

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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7 Responses to “Working For Minimum Wage”
  1. 1
    Meghan Woeppel says:

    My first job was at a dry cleaners & I made $3.15 an hour. Minimum wage. I hated that job but it was money. I quickly moved on to Rite Aid, where I made $3.35 an hour…yea that’s right…I made it rain! LOL

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    Karen Greenberg says:

    That sounds like a pretty nice first job considering so many students used to do those tasks for free. ;-)

    My first job was working in an accounting department with my mom. I had to pull the printer tabs off the paper. Do you remember when printers had spiral edges that pulled the paper through? I also got to stuff envelopes. I don’t remember what I got paid, but I do remember it was pretty good.

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    Krista says:

    Technically it was probably babysitting… after that I had a paper route for about a year. That was a pretty fun job all things considered! Then my first real hourly job was working in a sausage stand. I think I made just under $5 an hour, which was the minimum wage at the time. :)

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    Amber says:

    Well I’m only 25 so I definitely remember my first job. It was at family dollar and I was making 6.25 and hour. You’d have thought I was a millionaire! LOL

  5. 5
    Kayla @ TheEclecticElement says:

    I just turned 22 and I’ve only been able to work once in my life for a short span of time (3 months) due to my illness, but it was working at a local outdoor/cafe concession building at the local state park.

    Let me just say, I LOVED that job! The boss was a little flighty, but it was definitely my element :)

  6. 6
    Donna @ RetreatIdeas says:

    My first job was giving English language lessons for kids. The money was pretty good, but the job was very exhausting.

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    karissa says:

    Receptionist.. I still hate talking on the phone! ;)


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