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No job inflation? New chemical engineer made 50-55 in 1991, same as today?

Old 03-14-07, 12:47 AM
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No job inflation? New chemical engineer made 50-55 in 1991, same as today?

According to Marky Mark (wahlberg) in his not so famous hit song Wildside off Music for the people release in 1991,

(Suzy) wanted to be a chemical engineer, making 50-55 thousand a year...

According to this graph a starting wage is $55,000! (16 years later)



Every couple of years since 1991 i have always wondered what inflation did to that salary and today I was super bored and looked it up and now I would like a discussion on the topic.
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Mark Wahlburg was good in the departed but he wasn't Oscar worthy. I think he was a fool to give up such a promising singing career. I mean he could have been the first eminem if he just stuck with it. I mean he came up with dope ass shit like this.............



If you ain't in it to win it
Then get the hell out
I command you to dance
I wanna see motivation
Come on now feel the vibration




PURE MOTHERF_IN GENIUS. Then he just pissed it all away for a movie career a f-in movie career and all it got him was a oscar nomination.








































otherwise IMO



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On the bright side, Suzy is now making $82,000 / year.
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http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes172041.htm

May I suggest to Suzy to move to Delaware, where chemical engineers are paid $22,000 more, on average?
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inflation for starting salary.... hogwash..... Ask yourself how much the minimum wage has gone up since 1991. It hasn't even been close to inflation...
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He was singing about the starting wage in Boston in 1991
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Originally Posted by ANDREMIKE
inflation for starting salary.... hogwash..... Ask yourself how much the minimum wage has gone up since 1991. It hasn't even been close to inflation...
The minimum is what we all aspire to.
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Originally Posted by The Bus
May I suggest to Suzy to move to Delaware, where chemical engineers are paid $22,000 more, on average?
That's a great suggestion, if your goal is to drive Suzy to suicide.
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what has the salary for chemical engineers with masters or phd's been like?
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Originally Posted by ANDREMIKE
inflation for starting salary.... hogwash..... Ask yourself how much the minimum wage has gone up since 1991. It hasn't even been close to inflation...
and how many people earn minimum wage since 1991?
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And since when did the minimum wage reflect changes in free market compensation? You are comparing a government imposed floor on salaries which would have been lower if not for the government coercion to the true market value of chemical engineer labor.
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Are any chemical engineers reading this thread?
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Originally Posted by satellite
Are any chemical engineers reading this thread?
real ones or those with 1000 degrees?
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I dropped out of chem E sophomore year.... I couldn't handle the heat (transfer).
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Originally Posted by al_bundy
real ones or those with 1000 degrees?
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Chem E's were in demand for some reason in the early '90s. Demand has lessened over the years so starting salary is more in line with other engineering majors now.

And don't worry about Susy, she's been getting regular raises througout the years.

And for what it's worth, I have a degree in engineering but not chem e, I hated chemistry.
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Re: No job inflation? New chemical engineer made 50-55 in 1991, same as today?

LOL, I'm the OP. I googled "chemical engineer 55 thousand" in my quest to research the topic at hand (forgetting all about this thread) and this is the third thing that came up, 5 years later!
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Re: No job inflation? New chemical engineer made 50-55 in 1991, same as today?

Originally Posted by vwbeetlvr View Post
LOL, I'm the OP. I googled "chemical engineer 55 thousand" in my quest to research the topic at hand (forgetting all about this thread) and this is the third thing that came up, 5 years later!
I hate you.
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Re: No job inflation? New chemical engineer made 50-55 in 1991, same as today?

Originally Posted by vwbeetlvr View Post
LOL, I'm the OP. I googled "chemical engineer 55 thousand" in my quest to research the topic at hand (forgetting all about this thread) and this is the third thing that came up, 5 years later!
But you are pre-assuming the answer. This graphs indicates around $65k starting:
http://chenected.aiche.org/chemical-...itial-payback/
Also indicates mid-career, and salaries for several engineering disciplines.

Another source says $66886 is the median starting salary for Chem Es.
Hopefully, Suzy is at least on the mid-career track or possibly a manager or director.
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Re: No job inflation? New chemical engineer made 50-55 in 1991, same as today?

If Mark Wahlberg was in charge of inflation, shit wouldn't have happened like this. He loves his family.
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Re: No job inflation? New chemical engineer made 50-55 in 1991, same as today?

I'm sorry, I just checked the lyrics for the song and Marky Mark does not appear to be using figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That throws his entire singing career into question.
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Re: No job inflation? New chemical engineer made 50-55 in 1991, same as today?

Come on now, feel the inflation.
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Re: No job inflation? New chemical engineer made 50-55 in 1991, same as today?

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If Mark Wahlberg was in charge of inflation, shit wouldn't have happened like this. He loves his family.


Fuckin' Marky Mark.
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