Remember your first real job, when you stopped earning $7.25 an hour at the neighborhood's fast food chain and started negotiating a yearly salary? I bet you felt like a millionaire. I know I did. My first job out of college paid around $50,000. Almost $1,000 a week, or $25 an hour! That was more money than I had ever made. But after working for a few months, it didn't seem like there was much more money flowing in than before.