$15k. 2 years ago.
Went from 3 hour round trip commute to 20 minute round trip commute
Went from temporary position to permanent position
Went from no possibility of advancement to good advancement opportunities (I'm getting a promotion in a few weeks)
Went from a company where I would learn nothing to a company where I am constantly learning
Went from a company where I was one of two developers to a company where I am surrounded by developers
1988, I gave up an average of $500/week when I quit working construction to go to work for a local electrical/irrigation utility.
I made about 1/2 of that back as I progressed through their "step-raises" over the next couple of years however, PLUS, the "new job" came with paid vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, and a VERY good benefit package. It also had a 40 hour/week guarantee, which construction doesn't have.
When I left there in 95, (I went back to construction) I went from about $45K/year to $80K, my benefit package actually got better, but I went back to having no paid time-off. (pretty good trade-off to me)
$10/hr... ALMOST. Had to decide between a dead end IT summer job for $21/hr or a job riding around the south end of the province, surveying highway culverts and drainage systems for $11/hr. I REALLY needed the experience from the low paying job as it's related to my field of study. However, because they screwed me over and the pay cut was too big, even for my minimal expenses. I went for money. I'm kind of thankful after looking at my credit card bills for the summer, but keep kicking myself for not taking it.
Took a 50% pay cut once!
Union work, had us doing weird shifts, work 3rd Mon.-Fri., then come back on second shift Sat., then 1st. Shift on Sun.
I cannot sleep during the day, so 3rd. shift was killing me. I tried to get through it for 2 weeks, when I just could no longer handle the lack of sleep.
Found another contractor in a different local who needed Millwrights, but it only paid roughly 1/2 of what my local paid.
I quit, went to work out of the Louisville hall, and ended up staying until I retired(From the Union).
Even though the pay was less, there was more overtime, more work during the winter, and just a little less politics, so I believe I made as much money in the long run as I would have by staying in the Evansville local.
Lots of people changing jobs to increase their free time at the cost of money. This makes me happy. It's refreshing to see so many people valuing time over money.
I have yet to have to take a cut in pay simply due to circumstance, but I am also lucky enough to have a comfortable job with a short commute, no overtime, good pay, and benefits. If I didn't have those things, I would gladly continue searching and take pay cuts to make my life happier.
I was driving long haul truck bringing home about $2800 a month, but gone 26-28 days a month. I accepted my current job for about $1500 take home, but I sleep in my own bed and take as many showers per day as I want.
My girlfriend and I had been together for 7 years and had spent about 6 months of that together due to 1) my work schedule when we met, 2) her moving to TN for grad school, 3) coming back to me working long haul...
I've done it a couple of times, but the first time in 1995 was the most drastic. Left a high pressure corporate finance manager job making $95k plus bonus to start my own consulting biz, and probably made $35-40k the first year Although it was a financial kick in the crotch it most likely saved my life. It took me a long time, but 12yrs latter I'm back to around the same wage or more and finally have a great work/life balance and am really happy.