Sunday, May 6, 2007

Money Matters

He’s gotten a new job. One that pays over $115,000 a year with bonuses and incentives. He could easily make close to $200,000 a year or more. He’s 28 years old. What the fuck am I doing?

My brother was recently hired on at a franchise company where he’ll make the above income. He has a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics? or something like that. I’m glad for him, but at the same time, damn.

I was the one who was moving in the right direction. I was the one who’s future was all roses while his was covered in obscurity. Not anymore. Talking to him today on the phone I wondered if there isn’t something else I’m supposed to be doing. I knew there wasn't, but it just seems like I'm in limbo while others are moving on around me.

Now, don't get me wrong here, I’m glad that he’s doing well. It's just that he’s younger than me and will have been doing quite well while I struggle with debt, loans, and a $40,000 or so a year resident salary for 4+ years. But then who becomes a doctor to get rich? No one who knows better that's for sure.

6 comments:

Ms-Ellisa said...

I read an article on a mewspaper the other day about the incomes of doctors in the US and it was quite satisfactory... Maybe if you wait until you finish your residency and you will get filthy rich :-)
But still, if not, you will still get that long-hour-work-no-energy-left satisfactory feeling in the end of the day, won't you?! :-)

Old MD Girl said...

Oh poor baby. Anesthesiologists start at 200K their first year, and average over 300K per year after that. Your debt will be gone so fast your head will spin.

My husband gets all pissy about his brother's success too. Maybe this is a man thing?

Sure medicine isn't nearly as lucrative as it used to be, but it still isn't bad. 10 years from now will probably be worse, but then inflation will likely have reduced your debt significantly.

Old MD Girl said...

BTW -- I meant my comment tongue in cheek. I know it sucks to be in debt right now.

Parcho said...

It always feels bad to watch all of your best friends by new cars, houses, sweet condos, etc. while you slave away at med school.

It just stinks.

At least on July 6th I get a paycheck for the first time in a loooong time.

A girl said...

I have been asking myself same question over and over... What' fuck am I doing? I am tired, stressed, broke... I love medicine, but damn... My friends are all had their babies and have good careers. Me? I am working as a scutmonkey and getting yelled at by nurses and by asshole attendings... after 7 years of higher education and years of hard work... And at the end? Another 5 years of poverty and of same BS... Why?

Lynn Price said...

My anesthesiologist friend makes some serious coin. I think he's at around 300K, lovely home, bitch of a wife, spoiled and bratty kid. Oh well, two outta four ain't bad, right? Hang in there!