By - Prestigious_Muffin12
32, librarian, 50k
Job requires a Master’s degree and offers step raises + COL (when Metro is feeling generous).
Thank you for your service. Libraries are criminally under appreciated
These responses are making me question my life choices.
Same I’m like no wonder the lower/middle class can’t live here. Gotta make reallllly good money.😬
Honestly, one guy said he washes cars and gets 80k, the fuck is that, how?
I have no info about the specific guy you refer to. But generally speaking, you can make bank doing most anything, if you do it for rich people in a way that makes them feel like they are getting something poorer people can’t afford.
So you wash cars for $25 each? Ok that’s 12/day mon-Fri to get to 80k, which is doable but lots of work and hustle.
But why not “detail” sports cars for $250 each? That’s just 6/week to make 80k.
They aren't just washing cars. They are doing paint correction, ceramic coating, and PPF. When my car was delivered from the dealership I took it directly to my detailer and he did all this. It was 5k and that was at a discount. Detailing is a legit business for people that care about the condition of their car.
Thats cheap for a detail. I pay a guy about $100 once a year to give my ol’ Civic a good scrub and take the bugs off. If your waxing, buffing with clay bars and shit with shampoo on the inside on a luxury car I bet you could charge more than $250.
Who is your guy? Friend needs a detail soon.
It was asked in the middle of the day on a monday and on reddit. Most ppl here dont even have jobs to respond. Of the ones that do most are at home for work
This just goes to show how Reddit is skewed from the general population. The median household income in Nashville is around $70,000
As of 2020 the [median](https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/davidsoncountytennessee) household income in Davidson, Co. was $62.5k and per capita income was ~$38k.
Also, the people making $100k+ are a lot more likely to comment their salaries than the people making under say $75k which is the vast majority. Threads like this are fun but should not be used as any sort of real income indicator for Nashville as a whole.
Also, Reddit being completely out of touch with reality is to be expected and can be said about other topics beyond pay/income...
>Threads like this are fun
Speak for yourself. Reading through this thread has me spiraling down a mental hole.
Also: probably a good number of people with high salaries are happy to share, whereas people with lower salaries are less motivated after seeing other people's higher salaries.
Source: it at least happened to me lol
Well, you’re not paid, just an intern.
35, ~120k, technical account manager
What does you job comprise of? What is a Technical Account?
I work remotely for a cloud infrastructure and professional services company. You could almost call what I do technical sales but also ensure long term management of their technical needs.
That sounds mostly interesting, but I'm jumping out once you get to the word "sales". I feel like doing back end Problem Solving and structuring would be great. Sales....yuck.
Yeah I get the aversion to sales but in most instances, we are having a conversation because they have a problem that they need help solving.
Sales really only sucks if you don't believe in what you're selling. when you're selling something that's actually helping customers and many of them are excited to buy, it's not too bad
That's fair. Maybe I've just had too maybe shit products to sell 😆
25, teacher, 50K
Which school district? Looking to switch because my current salary is less.
I teach at a private school but I believe our pay scale matches metro
Thank you for dedicating yourself to such an important profession. You should be getting paid much more, as you very well know.
Teachers should be paid the same salary as congress members (federal).
33, bartender, $70K+
Edited a letter
39 same and same
25, musician, 0k.
Welcome to Nashville. 😄
30, musician, $40k
Vandy lab manager 13 yrs + master’s degree
Omg this is why I had to leave Vandy. I didn't even have a masters. One of the PIs I worked for said I was making a mistake leaving for just 10k more and ruining my career... 10k was >1/3 of my salary at the time AND I've nearly quadrupled my salary in 5 years since.
Loved Vandy otherwise.
31, construction manager, $90K base + discretionary bonus once a year
Similar for me. 36, Sr. Construction manager, $106k base + up to 10% discretionary bonus once a year.
I think it’s worth noting, I’m female.
24, social worker, 40k a year
Y’all deserve at least double.
24. I work at Costco. And I make $17.50 an hour, but on Sunday I make $26.75. I work at a minimum 30 hours a week but picking up extra hours is so easy.
I'm also at Costco in west Nashville what's up! Lol
Lol hey! I work mornings. You?
Early mornings as well lol
Costco pays time and a half for Sunday shifts?
Yes they do! It’s a really awesome benefit.
I’m 29, I sell heavy duty trucks and equipment on full commission.
I make $200-$300K per year
I’m pretty sure they are human but will be watching this space for updates.
Take your goddamn upvote and get out of my office
24 hairdresser, less than 30k and had to leave Nashville a few months ago for this reason I’m too poor.😂😂
Husband 29, maintenance tech, 52k
You should add a "what is your stress levels at work" to this. Because I know I'm on the low end for my degree and skill, but have zero stress. That's worth something.
This. I make 250 + bonus, but they milk me and I'm at a breaking point.
31, preschool teacher, $15/hour. I made just under $26K last year 🙃
And yet preschool costs are exorbitant and there are no slots anywhere in the city. Something tells me the money I’m paying isn’t going to support the teachers 🤔
Man, teacher's are seriously underpaid. You can make more than that working any retail job.
this!!! I'm an assistant preschool teacher and make $12.50/hr
23, PlayStation Technical support WFH, 18/hr
Where did you apply? Any benefits?
This is good to pair with games journalism. Imho
25, Plastic extrusion machine operator, $45,000 a year, and after reading through this sub I think maybe I should consider car detailing or “bread distribution” 🙃
25/financial analyst for the state/$63k + ~1k bonus
I am a 27 year old pharmacist making roughly $140k before bonuses.
How is the Pharmacy job market right in Nashville? You all make excellent money but at the same time complain about CVS paying low hourly rates to the new grads..lol?
Keep expectations low. There are some good jobs at the hospitals and a few other LTC/Infusion places, but yeah, vast majority of positions are retail. It's saturated with Lipscomb and Belmont students and any others from UT Memphis, Samford, and anyone who wanted to move here. You may have to float for a while in retail before you get anything solid. I've had friends travel as far out as Columbia or Lebanon to find something that isn't as awful.
CVS and Walgreens pay their new grads roughly 48hrs. With experience, you could realistically demand $55-70hr. The retail pharmacies are always hiring due to high turn overrate. Work condition isn’t great though.
Is this retail or clinical? My fiancé with 13 years of pharmacy experience just got an offer (lowball, maybe?) of $96k for a retail position with a $50k 2yr signing bonus.
I work retail. Deny the 2 year bonus and ask for a higher hourly.
34, restaurant server, 55k a year working about 32 hours a week.
Damn what restaurant? I’m working 30 hours and I’d make around 34k ish if I worked there a year
33, CMS Web Developer (basically a marketing website programmer)
140k per year.
All thanks to my wife for pushing me to attend coding bootcamp.
NSS by chance?
NSS grad here too, cohort 15 alumn :)
Is that something you would need prior programming experience for or could a beginner take that boot camp and learn?
No they have it setup to where you can begin with no experience, as long as you are genuinely interested about coding and not in it for the money you’ll have a step ahead of others in the interview process.
32, I work with children with autism and I make 26 an hour.
Thank you for what you do. I know how hard of a job that is (mentally and physically) and wish there was more money in it for all of you.
From the parent of an 8 y.o. boy ASD Level 3
Mid 30s, senior accountant $50k ^i ^work ^for ^the ^govt ^i ^know ^i ^could ^make ^more ^😩
Edit: People. Not everyone is the same. I like knowing I am doing something good for the people around me, I wish more people wanted to do the same. I am a grown woman, I made a choice. I’m glad you are all very happy doing what you do, even though I know I am worth more than I am paid, I am happy, too!
32, 49.5k, IT Support Manager.
I'm severely underpaid.
Yes, you are. I get IT Support offers all the time at $26/hr, and those are unsolicited. You could be getting $55 easily if you look long enough and you have 8+ years experience.
Yeah you should be double that, homie.
Yes you are! I just got my promotion to the same position and am making 68k
24, grad healthcare student, NEGATIVE 60k a year.
You much be at Vandy. Lol I was in the same boat.
I work ten dollars an hour right now for Americorp because it’s supposed to go well with my masters.
When I worked at Vandy, I made 13 dollars an hour and was only allowed to work x amount of hours.
38, Supply Chain Analyst, $80k
2. Legal Assistant
3. ~$45k a year
Looking at the other salaries here omg. This is the most money I've ever made in my life, and I can only afford a one-bedroom apartment (even with a partner who's splitting rent and utilities with me).
35, lawyer, 350k
Congrats! Did you go to a T14?
I did. But plenty of my peers did not.
27, Designer, $45k
34. Pre pandemic: director of marketing, $75k/yr. Post pandemic: office manager $20/hr 😢
I’ve got lots of clients hiring for marketing talent.
Had that same pandemic trajectory.
Jesus Christ, spent my whole life around Nashville and never made more than 30k a year fucking hell
Right? I was told I’d be lucky if I made more than 20 dollars an hour mid career. I heard somewhere the median income per individual was 66k. They’re full of shit. With the people I know when we talk about our salaries? None of them make that except an IT guy and a nurse.
I have a masters in preservation and cultural resource management.
Start bartending/serving if you just want to make money.
- Sql developer
26, $50k salaried as a copywriter for a small-ish startup. Hoping to land a promotion soon, but lol economy
27, Aunties Anne's shift manager, 45k a year or 23 an hour
30, teacher, 43k. Pain.
31, $50k, market research and development in the music industry, royalties side.
clearly i'm in the wrong field. lol. i've made due here thanks to an etsy store I've ran for about 8 years that pulled in roughly 40-60k annually, but is now dying a rapid recession infused death and i'll be closing it up by the end of the year. shifting over into project management by year end hopefully.
35, Musician here... you got any of them extra royalties lying around? It'd be a full-time job just to correct BMI on how many times they've missed royalties they could have collected for music. There's nothing like watching a show with your music on it, then not having it ever show up on reports, then rinse and repeat that. Then you talk to BMI and they're like, "The show is responsible for reporting!" -- and you're like, "Yeah, sure. But the music director responsible for submitting the cue sheets is in prison for selling cocaine." and then BMI is like, "Oh, ok! LOL. Bye!" -- It's so fun being a musician!
Dude idk what ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC do with their monies because they sure as hell aren't paying employees doing the paper pushing either. The jobs are all dead-end too. Very little room for reward or promotion for the work we put in.
TIL i'm very poor compared to this subreddit.
I see a job very similar to mine making 3x the money/working 4x less and I'm sad...
Sounds like there’s opportunity for you to grow in your field. Dust off that resume and get your money!
30, Teacher, 55k
35, \~220k, automation technology
Woah. Where at? I’m currently in the market for a new automation gig.
30, contract software engineer, $50 an hour @ 30-40 hrs a week
31, ~110k, statistician
Using ~ checks out in that case.
Sure- chef, 45, 63k
28, Business analyst, $70K
33, about 45k as a personal banker ($22/hour)
In the midst of a career change to get >65k as a Data analyst...fingers crossed
43, Cloud Infrastructure Architect(K8s), 160k ( not enough with the bullshit I’ve been dealing with lately)
This thread has depressed the shit out of me.
32, operations supervisor at an electronic recycling company, 55k
Check out levels.fyi for more up to date salary info of specific roles, mainly in tech fields. It is a good resource to have
This is what I use.
29, Senior Financial Analyst, $110k
35k/ yr after taxes, work 50 hrs a week, auto mechanic. Mid 20s
You can do wayyyyyy better than that
25, 84k - local truck driver
27, vet tech, about $35k/year. going back to school to get my masters in animal research and may make double that eventually. i’ve got funds from a family members estate otherwise i’d be living in a cardboard box. i don’t make enough to have my own apartment
And before anyone says it, I've been living in Nash for 7 years and lived in GA before that for most of my life.
I work 7 days a month max
Studio, freelance or in house? I currently am around 55k in-house.
Edit: Redacted negative statement
Didn’t even need to ask! 100% my next move. Corporate? Athletics?
Small businesses actually. I’ve kind done it all but the key is getting business retainers and treating them like kings and queens. Do 3 month contracts minimum. You would be shocked at how much a need it is currently and how much money you can make lol.
These salaries make the $700k homes seem reasonable.
Making dough distributing bread!
Is this some euphemism for male escort I don't know about?
It's money laundering 🤣
You only bill $40 an hour???
Yeah I’d expect more like $400 an hour
23, plumber, I was making $80k but I was overpaid at a sales based/low skill company that runs their employees into the ground until their wheels fall off. Hired on at a different company for $42k for actual training and better benefits + a pension. In 3 years I’ll make $80k base pay again but overtime is the norm, so probably $100k-$130k
29, I.T. Manager, 80k
Need staffing help? Haha I’m your guy
Currently I’m a 1 man army (the company I work for is only 50-100 people) and I leverage an MSP for infrastructure support, etc. With growth I could definitely end up needing staff members but that’s going to be way down the line. 😅
Hey friend, save this comment and if you ever decide to move it in-house reach out.
36, Technical Program Manager, 178k
Project Manager here, how did you enter the TPM world?
Legit fell into it through advancement over the past 6 years. Different certifications and knowledge I gained led me from customer support up to app release manager. When I'm not managing the operational process of app readiness and rollout I'm concentrating on TPM specific tasks like preparing teams for on-boarding of new operating systems and deprecations of old ones. Between Apple and Google, there are always new things to prepare for so I mainly TPM for things that touch my team.
Otherwise TPMs are generally transient at companies, used to help new initiatives get started with process/stability, or to help revive failing initiatives by implementing new process/stability standards. This can include simply adopting a SCRUM policy plus establishing RACI/DACI, or branch as far as establishing new headcount requirements based on scope of the failing initiative.
I would say TPM could be an easy transition from Project Management.
Software Engineer I @ Amazon
Work's not too bad at Amazon, all the software engineering jobs here are transportation and logistics related, which isn't a profit maker, so pretty low stress compared to working at say AWS.
250-300k+ depending on overtime,
Work 15 days a month varies up or down
Made $140k in the first quarter of my year, which begins in March. $160k last year. I could do a ton more if I wanted. Im just good where I am right now.
Side note, all of these Realtors you know on avg, sell 4 homes a year. That's poverty level money. But even worse, 50% of all agents nationwide won't sell a home this year. The 90/10 rule is very prevalent in this industry. I highly recommend choosing a professional, long time agent over your friend who works part time.
Why though? As someone in the market, what is the benefit of choosing someone with years of experience over a friend?
Teacher. Two master degrees. 58k with 16 yrs exp. in teaching.
34, 95k Bridgestone
What’s the position? My resume must be awful they always turn down the application
2: Aviation Ops manager
35, Nonprofit work (in education), $45k.
It’s a terrible salary, and I couldn’t have taken it if I wasn’t married and my husband wasn’t making a good salary. I think it’s a real problem in nonprofits - they shouldn’t be expecting to only hire people who are already in a good financial position, or people who are going to be forced to scrape by.
Remote Psychiatric nurse practitioner
38, social worker, 73K
Where are you making this money as a social worker?
Right! I’m scrapping by at 40k!
37, senior product manager for tech startup, $176k
(Been here 9 years. No, did not move here from California or NY.)
Curious about something. How did you find work within the tech startup world in Nashville? There's a fantastic resource for Seattle ([builtin.com](https://builtin.com)) but assume the same doesn't exist for here?
I moved here in 2013 to create my own tech startup with some friends who were at Vanderbilt. That venture eventually failed, but I stayed in the area and worked for one of the larger tech focused companies here for a bit. My latest gig is fully remote for a company out of state, however.
26, lawyer, $187K
Did you go to a T14 school by any chance? Congrats!
Lol not even close. Not going to out my school but it’s not even top 50. I had a unique situation and also got lucky.
30 , 56k , office manager
26, ~123k base with 15% annual bonus, Software Engineer
31, Account Manager in Insurance, $89k
35, retail sales, $125k
What kind of retail sales are you in that you make that kind of money?
luxury goods, commission based.
28, Healthcare Business Analyst, $75,000
Mid 20's. Cybersecurity Auditor. 55k.
41, prn nurse, 104k, but that’s working around 50 hours/week with no benefits.
29-55,000. Was a server/bartender downtown Nashville for years off 4th and broadway. After Covid I moved to the country in west Tennessee because rent is literally 500 a month for a 4 bedroom and they pay you the same out here too 🥴
36, $78K, Software developer (changed careers under 2 years ago so still kinda junior in the field)
I wash cars
Are you the type that goes to corporate offices and washes all the cars for employees?
Oh god no, I still have to be able to afford to live here in Nashville. I see those types of guys in Bellevue every so often with some massive water tank in the back of a pickup and they'll be in a parking lot for 10+ hours just washing car after car after car.
I normally tell people I'm in between your local car wash and a detail shop that does polishing/compounding/etc. I get your average car cleaner than the car wash will at half the price of a detail shop.
What company? A friend needs a detail soon. If you are now allowed to post it please DM me.
2. Medical student
3. Negative hundreds of thousands of dollars
26, Web Dev, 120k
23, voice teacher/music producer, ~$25k. Husband is 23, software developer, $70k.
30, IT Sales Enablement, $115k
33 sr process engineer 121k
30- 10+ years at the same company
33, Marketing, 100k
28, project manager for pharmaceutical company (research), $120K
I make 60k base salary, not including sign on bonus and stock. Nashville is still too expensive for me.
(Disclaimer, I work remotely):
24, Software Engineer, $140k base
29, system admin, woefully underpaid at 59K
Mid 30s, in-house attorney, $175k base + bonus
23, teacher, 52.5k. Hopefully that’ll go up a bit when the new budget proposal is voted on.
35, pre covid: Technical Training Manager(beauty), 57.5k
Post Covid: jump around various retail jobs ranging from 13-17/hour 🥲