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Ask the Readers: Is it possible to earn $90,000 in salary by age 30?

There is a debate on Canadian Money Forum about teens expectations of earning $90,000 per year by the age of 30. The debate stems from an article in the Moneyville and it appears the argument is fairly balanced.  Moneyville surveyed over 3,000 recent Canadian high school students, most of which were planning post secondary education, about what their salary expectations were in 10 years.  On average, the students expected to earn about $90,000 by the time they were of the age 28 or 29.  Lets round to age 30 as it’s a nice round number and a milestone age.  Adjusting for 2.5% annual inflation over the 10 years, and it’s buying power of about $115,000 in todays dollars.

Reading through the thread on Canadian Money forum, I was surprised at how many believed that it was unrealistic to achieve such a salary by the 30 year milestone.  Yes, $90k for a 30 year old is above average, but it’s certainly achievable by making the right choices and by thinking a little bigger.  To me, if the goal of the student is to have a higher than average salary, then create a plan and go for it.

I know many 28-30 year old’s who make low six figure salaries by making particular career choices and/or by enduring a bit of sacrifice.  One sure fire way is to find a career in the oil patch.  From my own experiences, an Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry can certainly make six figures with a bit of experience.   Although the lifestyle typically involves a fair bit of travel, the compensation is typically higher than average.  I also have friends who are pharmacists, and they can make $50/hr in the retail environment relatively easily.  Other career choices with higher salaries  include trades that are in demand, dental hygienists, or commission based sales positions.

What are your thoughts? Is it realistic for a young student to expect to make $90k by the age of 30?

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  • SST September 30, 2012, 4:22 am

    A friend of a friend is a construction foreman in the Oil & Gas industry.
    Early 30’s, zero post-secondary education (zero student debt), 12 hour days, nets $180,000 a year.

  • jkn October 5, 2012, 2:17 am

    i have a finance and math degree from a regional school in the US. i have been earning 65K and about to have 4 years of experience i graduated college when i was 25/26.

    i think going to a better school is important for the career opportunities and advancement recognition by the employees you will be working with (at least in business)

    i know a lot of engineers that are my age making 100k with just an undergrad in engineering…

    seems like mba is the way to go for me sucks that i have to spend 100k just to increase my salary by 40k but it will be worth it with the upward mobility

    business is different then engineering or tech – you can advance in engineering and tech with hard work and recognition by what you know

    in business its all about the organization and opportunities that arise. you cant switch from company to company to break into 100k as an undergrad in business because you will look like a flake so if you are hired at a certain rate and the organization doesnt promote (economy sucks) you are stuck at that rate for a good year or two…

    every field is different – this is my two cents

  • SST October 5, 2012, 8:38 pm

    @jkn: “you cant switch from company to company to break into 100k as an undergrad in business because you will look like a flake…”

    Not true.

    I have a friend who is an electrical engineer (Bach); his career is selling computer systems to large businesses, schools, etc. He is in his early 30’s, earning well over $100K, and very much in demand. In the past year he has worked for three companies — one for barely a month before another firm poached him with an exceptional offer.

    That’s the way business works, Capitalism at its finest(?).

  • Wade October 6, 2012, 11:49 pm

    I make around 90k at the age of 23….But, it really depends what you are willing to do with your life.

    All the people in here that are from Alberta and work O&G are usually neglecting to point out that you have to sacrifice a lot. You can make over $120’000/yr working in O&G doing grunt work, yet you spent twenty one days of your month living in a remote work camp.

    You really need to think about what you’re willing to sacrifice, you can make good money and live in the city if you play your cards right.

  • Dhad October 10, 2012, 5:40 am

    I am 25 graded from university with ba in economics At age of 22. Parents paid for my uni education and covered my living expenses. I got into real estate at 23 and have earned over 650k a year ever since.

    Real estate requires large amounts of capital but the reward is big. Realtors working for me are earning from minimum 5k to 20k a sale on units ranging from 295k to 700k.

    Point I am making is that it is possible to make 6fig salaries and the best way to get there is through real estate.

  • Spencer October 22, 2012, 4:58 pm

    I am 20 recently graduated Power Engineering. Based in some rough numbers I should make $95-105K this year. This job is not for everyone, shift work messes with your body and social life. But I am 20 and already make a very good salary for most of Canada.

  • tyler October 31, 2012, 3:05 pm

    im only 21, i make almost 115k a year as an electrician in the oil patch, not based on salary, i get paid hourly and work a ton of overtime, usually a 16\5 shift. looking to apply to start power engineering 4th class online to help benefit my success in the oil patch. by the time age 30 rolls around, almost guaranteed 200k plus.

  • Dave November 12, 2012, 3:24 am

    I hit over 100k by age 28, and I am now 31, and I make even more. I own my own buisness, and since I own 100% of it, I can say that corporate profit is my earnings, as well as my Salary, so I make around 350k-450k a year.

    I fully expect that in 2-3 more years I will surpass 500k a year. I would be shocked as I am expanding my business to include other franchises, and start-ups. Sure some will fail, but I consider that cash sunk.

    I rent/Refuse to buy a property to live in (it doesn’t make economic sense) I can funnel the money I would be paying for a mortgage towards new business ventures. So far It’s Paid off.

  • SST November 12, 2012, 10:54 am

    Congrats, Dave!

    Know that the majority of true millionaires are created through business ownership, you are well on your way!

  • steve November 15, 2012, 10:30 am

    I am a mechanical engineer in Ontario. In my first full year of working I made over 90k and in my second full year of working at 25 made just over 105k. So yes it is definetely possible.

  • WG November 17, 2012, 3:31 am

    I am 23, Business degree started a job 45k + around 13k bonuses (58k) + benefits at 22… Paid off student loan in 4 months (thank you co-op program in uni!).. Switched jobs and now at 60k + 20k (80K) bonuses & benefits… and side online business 10k -15k annual = Totaling around 90-100k.

    If I can do this at 23…. 30 at 90k is possible, but not typical– I worked my ass off! Knew what I wanted in highschool and did alot of networking and jobs to get to where I am..

  • NAIT student December 18, 2012, 12:46 pm

    Definitely possible. I took Petroleum Engineering in NAIT a 2 year course, this course opens a ton of doors in the Oil and Gas industry. Immediately upon graduating in at 21 had offers from service companies but decided to wait to get on with a producer. I started on at 65k/yr salary and withing 3 years was up to 110K/yr this was 2 weeks in a camp and 2 weeks off at home. At 24 I changed companies for a better opportunity and a better schedule and at 26 now, I am currently still at this company doing one week in camp and one week out, with this company i gross $180-190k depending on OT.

    • Curtis May 16, 2015, 3:51 pm

      Hi I just got accepted into the petroluem engineering tech at NAIT if you don’t mind answering a couple of my questions I would be very grateful.

  • sam December 22, 2012, 7:38 pm

    im 22 and making 100,000 a year. and this isnt someone bs’ing to look cool or anything like that. as long as you have the mindset to make that paper you can do it but if you live that 9-5 life knowing that your making between 30-60 per annum your only hope is annual salary increases of 2-8% depending on the field. this year alone over 9 months of work working 12 days a month MAXIMUM (although i was on the road often enough) i pulled in 96,000 (im in pure commission insurance sales btw), and through another idea that i had and created a consulting agreement in which if this person had taken my advice and leased a certain unit for the sake of their business they would owe me a consultation fee. between me and my business partner it came out to 130,000, subtract 15k commission for the broker that was neccessary to keep the deal legal. we came out with 115k, the difference is , the average anyone would take that money and either spend it all on stupid things or shelter it in a silly way. i know alot of professionals that dont even have retirement funds of that value, but instead we decided were going to put the FULL 115k into a commercial property that we would then rent out. whether 115k is 30% of a down payment or even 50% were putting in the FULL value because thats how you make money. you aggressively pursue every potential money making option there is. and no one can say that its because i make money that the side deal was available because the reality is that it cost me 1000 dollars out of pocket for lawyer/accounting fees. the diff is that i went after it.

  • 6figures December 26, 2012, 5:04 pm

    If you know what you are doing, and know how to play the corporate cards, making 100+ before 30 should be easy.

    If you own your own business, it should be even easier.

    put all the real life example together…

    If you excel at what you do, and you know how to market yourself making 100K is the easy part. the harder part is continuing to grow your salary beyond the typical incremental increase.

  • Matt December 28, 2012, 11:08 pm

    I’m 29 and employed as a dentist. I made slightly over $300,000 this past year.

  • IMO January 3, 2013, 7:51 pm

    I am an engineer in the oil and gas industry in Alberta. I have a Master in Engineering, but I have quickly come to learn that the time I spent in school was a setback to my career. The fact of the matter is that there is a shortage of workers in Alberta for this industry; therefore, the salary for engineers in this industry in this province is astronomically higher than the salary for engineers in other industries in this province. Due to he high demand for workers, the easiest and quickest way for you to make the big bucks is to get a 2-year certificate from any trade school and get a job in the oil and gas industry as soon as possible. In two to three years, you will be making as much as someone who spent years in school for their engineering degrees. The return for your investment in your education is way higher if you just minimize your time in school and maximize your time in this industry.

  • livewire January 12, 2013, 10:28 pm

    I’ve read most of the posts, and agree that it is an attainable goal, although a little luck along the way definitely helps. I started down the academic, university path, but later switched to a trade. I worked as an apprentice electrician for 5 years, and made around 30k a year. I’ve since attained my electrical license and now work for a gold mining company in northern Ontario, Canada. My base salary is about 120k, and with a few overtime shifts here and there it will likely be closer to 140k. And the best part? Because of my 7 days on, 7 days off schedule, I only work half of the year. It’s an amazing career, but one I just kind of fell into. I suppose that’s my point, that you can have a plan, but sometimes a little luck can make all the difference! I’m 28 years old, soon to be 29.

  • Odin January 16, 2013, 2:27 am

    Whoever said Government pays well and is “cushy” is not exactly right.

    I am 27. I have a government job. It only pays 25k net and is not my career of choice, and has absolutely *zero* chance for growth. What it does offer me, though, is a fully customizable schedule that takes very little time from my week… which is why I kept it: it allows me to pursue my ambitions.

    To support myself further I had invested in my own business. And, like 90% of businesses, I lost more than I gained, unfortunately, because of a combination of bad luck and poor choices. Almost my entire savings were gone… and now I am starting again but doing it because I love it, and accepting that my path is unique.. just like yours.

    The point I wish to make is that nothing is a guarantee and there are many failures on the road to success. It is possible to earn that much, yes.

    Pick high-paying careers and network, network, network.

    There are two options:

    Do what you love, and most likely make less.


    Do something you can tolerate but what pays, and have the financial freedom to do what you like in your off-time.

    No choice is correct. It is a combination of hard work and luck. I have friends with doctorate degrees and a few with MBAs who surprisingly earn less than I do. And I currently earn less than 40k.

  • Benjamin January 17, 2013, 11:35 am

    I disagree with your options. I do what I love and make far more money (over six figures before the age of 30) than I did working at something that was also lucrative, but not my passion.

  • Pam January 22, 2013, 2:01 pm

    It’s definitely achievable. I’m currently 18 years old, and I have a low 6 figure salary. Sometimes you have to go beyond the loop of doing the norm and studying to find a good job where you’ll have to work for someone else. This is not how you do it. Work for yourself.

  • Andrew January 24, 2013, 4:40 pm

    I just turned 31, so going back a year I made $116k. I am an engineer with an MBA in a management position. I started out in 2004 at $37k and have had the good fortune of advancing my career and not need to go to Fort McMoney or any other oil sands to make this money.

    My wife is the same age and is an optometrist, she makes between $95k and $125k depending on the year, her salary is more variable, but above the $90k mark.

    Having an undergrad degree only would make it very difficult to break the $90k mark, except for programs like engineering, and accounting, but even accounting you need to get a professional designation like CA after the undergrad.

  • FrugalTrader FrugalTrader January 25, 2013, 10:35 am

    @Andrew, I think it depends on the sector that you are working in. Most of the engineers that I know with only undergrad degrees who work in oil and gas (in NL) have 6 figure salaries.

  • SST January 25, 2013, 11:24 am

    I know a person who has a linguistics degree and pretty much right after graduation(~10 years ago) moved to Dubai to teach English.
    He makes an embarrassing amount of money.

  • Darryl January 26, 2013, 8:50 pm

    Just my 2 cents. I made $110000 in 2012 in my sales career. The key is to work your butt off. The problem with many people is that they think that having a degree will automatically allow them to earn high salaries. I have a college diploma…I apply myself…just do it!

    If you want to make good money, work for it. It’s simple! If you complain about how much you make, stop bitching and make a change.

    And just think…at higher incomes, you can afford rental properties… Earning you a lot of money in the long run….plus giving fantastic tax return potential.

    Happy 2013! I know mine will be good!

  • Collin January 27, 2013, 11:02 am

    It’s absolutely possible and it really just depends on how realistic you are, I’m 27 and made 200+ as a nurse anesthetist working around 50 hrs a week which was 4 days a week. As a regular RN I made 90-120 working OT and doing clinical projects etc. Nursing is a great field and nurse anesthesia is possibly one of the most financially rewarding careers in America , another great option is something called perfusion, it’s a bachelors degree with pretty much guaranteed six figures..we pay our perfusionists around 130-140 and they work 25-30 hrs a week…the best bachelors degree hands down. Medical jobs in highly specialized areas pay great and your job is almost guaranteed…even in this economy I was hired before I even graduated…if you care about money then you have to go into something that will realistically pay you a high salary

  • Jason April 15, 2013, 12:38 am

    LOL Of course it is possible. I screwed up and did a BSc hoping to get into medicine but now I’m stuck within health sector. I made 75k on my last coop at 22, started my first job at 60k in 2009 (recession) at 23, and then 67k at 24, and I’m at 70k at 27 now…Sad. You can start higher for the same job in government but movement up isn’t quick. But on the other hand your quality of life may be better due to lower work intensity. I program SAS as my job. Also, in my case, I became partially disabled and had a series of ailments starting at 25 so that really reduced my ability to look around for jobs. Also, keep in mind that it isn’t always how much you make, it’s how much you save…I try to save $24-30 000 per year which should be the savings rate of a 6 figure hitter (being partially disabled I still live with parents with most money going to rent and medical expenses).

    Of my friends from Waterloo, all my CA friends are over six figures. My engineering friends are probably close to hundred but probably not over. City planning also over 100 in Alberta but not in Toronto. I think your best bet is hitting up the oil patches because that’s where Canada’s big money is coming from, but also, you have to consider inflation and price levels where you live. While you may make more in Alberta, your living expenses may be significantly more expensive than say, Toronto…Again, financial success will be dictated on how much you save – and of course earning more means that you CAN save more.

    Good luck everyone, though I’m sure this site self-selected a bias high performing sample – just look at statcan salary surveys on what the real population looks like :). Honestly, I know more people making over 90k under 30 than making less but that’s because Waterloo is a self-selected sample having the best engineering / accounting school (mostly because co-op). You can see a few of those heavy hitters in this thread, just ctrl+f Waterloo.

  • Tony May 1, 2013, 2:43 pm

    90k before bonus – 120k after and I’m 24
    It can be done with a bit of luck but I dont think the work involved is for everyone.

  • ben May 10, 2013, 4:59 pm

    I am 24 and make 100k as a scheduler, and I only have three years experience. Depends on drive and motivation.

  • JohnDoe June 6, 2013, 1:18 am

    As a 23 year old Engineer fresh out of school I made ~60K and eventually (36 now) made 123K last year. When I was 23 I bought a house and rented out 3 rooms and immediately made money on top of my mortgage. I now own two houses with a combined value of about 750K. and am well on to paying off my current home. Assets are everything. My rental properties bring in 40K a year + 123K salary + the value of my homes, its like I’ve been making over 200K since I finished school at 23.

    In regards to a current career path, a friend of mine is 29 and works as a public relations consultant. He owns his own company and last year a client bought him a Mercedes worth 120K. I don’t know what he makes a year, but I can tell you hes very well off and has no post secondary education.

    Dream big and work for your dreams. Believe anything is possible, because it is.

  • TR July 27, 2013, 10:19 am

    I am 29, last year I made $125,000 as an HVAC technician. This year should be closer to $130,000. I planned in my early twenties and reached my goals.

  • Smidgy September 27, 2013, 3:59 pm

    I turned 30 in July, Started my career in Mechanical Engineering in Summer 2005, and at my current job with very little experience in October 2005. Therefore I have not hit the 8 year milestone at my current job. I started out making 35k/annual + upto 10% bonus working Mon-Friday 45 hours/week. Still working the same schedule but have gone through these annual incomes 35k, 37.5k, 39k, 41.5k, 44k, 49k, 54k, 60k, 90k over the years. So I did make it just after turning 30 to 90k, should be mid to high 90’s with bonus. As you can see by my numbers they are very one ended, which came with more exp. Definitely in an engineering field the more you know the more you are worth. Work hard and it will eventually pay off.

  • Neil November 13, 2013, 3:05 am

    I’m only 26 but I don’t think it’s possible to ever make that kind of money even when you reach 60. However, if you open up a business, you might even make more. All it takes is a good idea and some creativity. I am a civil engineer by profession but its over 2 years that I cannot find a job in this industry and honestly I don’t think any company will ever give me a chance now. I guess I was the unlucky one. My suggestion to you is to choose a field to study with a bright future and to try to develop your network. The consequence of not doing that is that you will be stuck like me questioning your every decision. Finding a job with an engineering degree is not easy and most undergrads fail to do so. Go out and see for yourself how many people have degrees but they fail to land these high paying jobs. These people are smart but unlucky. The same goes even with an accounting degree. Most of your university friends will move on with their respective jobs and become the most arrogant people you’ll ever come to know. Money changes people. Everybody will look at you as worthless, believe me I know. You have to make the right career choice.

    Right now, I only managed to find a customer service job dealing with cell phones which kills me inside. This is the only future I see for myself. But you can change that, I was just unlucky.

  • James November 14, 2013, 12:51 pm

    I’m 26, and make a salary of $93k a year.

    This year my stock compensation was about $10k, and my bonus was about $10k.

    So its very possible to make good money at a young age. My advice:

    I’m from Calgary but moved to Texas, working in the tech industry.

  • Al November 14, 2013, 10:47 pm

    I finished school as a dentist at age 29 after a master’s degree. First 6 months I made 60K. In 2012 I turned 30 – for that first full year practicing I made 218K & for 2013 I’m over 200K and still have 2 months worth of collections due.

    My net worth went from approx -130K to +100K in the past 28 months. And my student loans are paid off as well as 50% of my house.

    I’ll echo the “it’s not how much you make it’s how much you save” line I can spend a ton of money fast if I want to but the key is to plan where your pay checks are going so you can accumulate faster.

  • Cathryn November 15, 2013, 4:40 pm

    I was wondering about the figures. The dentist who made $300,000
    in one year for example. Is this gross revenue or net revenue.
    Meaning did he earn $600,000 less overhead of $300,000 or did
    he Gross $300,000 less overhead of $150,000.
    Or whatever these figures are to meaningful compare to a person
    who is declaring a salary not a business income.

    Thank You

  • Al November 16, 2013, 8:40 pm

    I grossed 545K in completed procedures in 2012 and was a paid a remuneration of 40% of completed procedures so 218K before tax. I’m in a province with less than stellar fees per procedure.

  • Rick Bross January 6, 2014, 12:51 pm

    I am 20 years old and in Kansas City, MO.

    I taught myself many programming languages, starting in early childhood when I was 9 years old.

    I am at my 4th position in the web dev field after graduating high school.

    I have not been to college and I make 90k/yr.

    It is definitely possible.

  • SST March 8, 2014, 11:45 am

    Interesting meta-analysis (University of Georgia, 2005) showing the strongest income-correlated factors to be:

    i) “rational manipulation” (political skill)
    ii) education
    iii) cognitive ability

    Not completely scientific nor comprehensive, but helpful if you are shooting for six figures.

    Link: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/227614669_PREDICTORS_OF_OBJECTIVE_AND_SUBJECTIVE_CAREER_SUCCESS_A_METAANALYSIS/file/d912f508aa32181077.pdf
    [CAUTION: automatic PDF download]

  • ThatIsAll June 10, 2014, 1:19 am

    90% of the posters in this comment section are liars.

  • Rick Bross June 10, 2014, 3:23 pm

    I really do make that much… not lying.


  • Johnny P June 17, 2014, 10:59 am

    started at 36k salary and 6k bonus out of college in 2008 (22yrs old) – I’m now 28, and have a 90K salary and will bring in around 110K after bonus.

    It’s definitely possible, but requires hard work, dedication, and the right field of work (finance), and it’s more likely if you live in a high cost city like NY/SF/LA.

  • Mark August 11, 2014, 3:29 am

    I am 27, and an Engineer-in Training in Alberta Canada. I graduated with a Engineering degree in 2011 and did a year of research work for the University for terrible pay ($12.50/hr) (I had started the research a year before graduation) I mainly did this because I have a passion for science and running experiments, financially it was a terrible decision, but I am glad I did it because it helped me get that bug out of my system, if I had not I think I would always have regretted not going into research. I worked absurdly and obsessively hard for the year (my schedule was the schedule of how fast the lab equipment could operate, if that meant the next batch of samples could be ready for next step at 1:30 am, I was there to do it.). For my position I had a great deal of success over the two years, I co-authored 5 scientific papers and international conference presentations, and still feel very proud of my contributions to science and technology and of who I was at that time. I took six year to complete my degree, I had originally intended to take 5 but changes were made to my program by the university without notifying me which caused me a lot of additional class scheduling conflicts and other problems. I ended up getting an EIT position and continued to work extremely hard and long hours, (but much less so than at the lab, at the lab I worked 40- 60 hours a week spread out all over the place and got paid for only 35 of those hours). My EIT position pays me overtime and I work ranging 40- 82 hours a week (precious few 40 hour weeks). I travel all over Alberta, especially to the middle of nowhere in camps. I work out side, freezing all winter and sweating and being like a fish in coveralls on the hottest summer days. I have a pitiful personal life outside of work but make the best of it. I keep the vast majority of my subsistance pay due to using the hotel’s microwave to cook when I am in a hotel, which I have gotten fairly good at and eat healthy. Now, about 2.5 years in, I make $32/hr. last year I was making $27/hr for most of the year and grossed 91K from wages (I was 26 then), I saved an additional about 6K from subsistence pay. I worked very hard in a related field every summer that I was a student and graduated with a net worth of 40K, it really helped that I took a calculated risk and put my life savings into mutual funds back in 2009 when the economy was tanking, I have since kept those funds which are now worth 50k. This year, I have worked slightly less and only expect to gross 87-91K from wages despite my raise. However I still live with my parents, and we get along great, I have full lattitude, they have a huge house, and since I am away so much it really does not seem like much of a big deal. This year I bought a huge ~ 3000 sq ft 3 story duplex, both sides! (and got a really great deal) with my brother and another business partner (we each own 1/3). I really like that I got a great deal on it and that my mortgage rate is 2.99%! Near inflation!. It is cash flowing awesome! Part of the reason we got such a good deal on it is because parts of it were very beat up and there were foundation cracks which caused it to have water damage with heavy rain. But nothing we can’t fix ourselves and do a damn good job of it too (we did do a good quality permanent fix). My dad used to build houses for a living when he was young, and agreed to work on it as an employee to us, every time that I get a few days off from work (often working a 10 and 4 shift now, I used to work 12 days on 2 days off I notify the tenents (they agreed to remain in the house for most of the renovations, lucky me!) and get to work with my dad. So far its going awesome. I am gaining specialized skills in a very high demand field so I expect that I will earn more next year. My net worth right now is 166K. The downside of my life is that I am constantly exhausted, my body aches, I have never had a girlfriend and often feel quite lonely. I am very confident, well spoken, have good morals, so its easy to for me to get a date but for many reasons, it just never seems to progress in that department. Also, many women find me very intimidating.

  • Leon November 3, 2014, 6:17 pm

    Out of every 200-500 people 1 person makes that 90K+ per year. Everybody else makes less by 30. Sorry this is the truth.

    Stop evaluating if you can make 90K per year and start looking at who you are and what you stand for in this world.

  • SBF December 20, 2014, 1:25 am

    At 30 I made 90k from salary and dividends with a little over 100k in savings. It can be done if you work for it.

  • Matt December 22, 2014, 1:50 am

    Im a 24 year old Manitoban and make over $95k/year with a high school diploma

  • Barry April 13, 2015, 2:56 am

    Hi there, I’m a journeyman electrician. StarTed in the trades right out of high school. I was a journeyman by age 22 in Alberta. I’ve made over $100,000 three years in a row now. This past year, 2014, I made $116,000 and it was great! Working for a large power systems outfit where they treat their employees great and pay accordingly was very satisfying. It’s absolutely possible to make killer money WAY earlier than thirty years old if you know which industries to become involved in. PS I made $116,000 last year without leaving home once and never doing camp work or shift work. Just a Monday to Friday job working 7-3:30 and some weekend work when it was extra busy. I’m married with 2 kids and own two homes already at age 24, easily doable when you live in Canada’s promise land Alberta! !

  • Greg April 13, 2015, 12:10 pm

    Barry why own 2 homes? You’re putting yourself at risk

    • SAJID July 10, 2015, 1:13 pm

      Why greg…what do you mean by that?

      • Greg July 10, 2015, 4:18 pm

        Homes can decline in value. Homes can lose money each month if expenses exceed rent which is the norm in Alberta.

  • Benjamin April 13, 2015, 12:49 pm

    Greg, that’s a pretty broad statement considering you know little to nothing about Barry’s financial situation other than his salary.

  • Jon July 10, 2015, 5:56 am

    Im 21, been making 120k a year since i was 19. Work for a railway. I own a home, nothing special, 250k fixer upper but still a home none the less. It certainly is doable. It just takes motivation and not always going the conventional route. Ive seen lots of people get their undergrad and think oh boy im set now, but then theyre making 40 grand a year for the first ten years of their career and on top of that they have student loans. If a young person wants to make six figures by the Age of 30, it is possible. Depends on the career they choose, or maybe business owner ship, or investments. I add another 15 thousand a year to my income through a rental property, and own stocks and precious metals which earn interest.

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