February 3, 2019

GO PATS! We made the Super Bowl, whoohoo- What a game! I don’t want to ruin it for anyone but it’s time to talk about salary. We tend to pay more for those things that are of value or priority to us. So let’s see where some of our priorities lay:

An “A” list movie star can make $15-20 million per role in a big budget film, TV stars can make $900,000 per episode (Big Bang), a Hollywood dog / cat $5,000-$10,000 a year. The average salary in the NBA is $5.15 million, MLB $3.2 million and NFL 1..9 million according to Forbes. How about Congress, the Speaker $223, 500, on average a member of the Senate & House make $174,000 a year. (They all get paid during a government “shut down”). On average they work about 138 days a year. But if you're an ordinary American worker with two weeks of vacation and federal holidays off, you're likely clocking in around 240 days a year at the office.

How about the people who work and help others, how much do they make? A private in the United States Army approximately $22,835.60 a year. The national average or a teacher is $38, 617 however, Massachusetts pays more and averages $65,060 a year. A Boston Police Officer base $57,000 - $67,000, a Firefighter approximately $59,000 a year. A LPN who is new t makes $25-$30,000 starting out.

Does anyone else see this as a problem? Why do we value the entertainment field and sports above people who put their life on the line, work holidays and in many cases a miserable work environment. (Have you seen the pictures of firefighters covered in ice?). Why do we pay the Speaker of the House almost 10 x what we pay an army private who risks their life? Many witness unthinkable horrors that they will carry with them for life.

What does this say about our priorities about what we value? Enjoy the game and the excitement but please remember those who are working for you and not paid what they should be paid if we made them a priority.

 

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