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It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:07 pm UTC
by Zohar
I think it's been quite a while since I posted a poll. I wonder how job payments change around the world. If you're willing, I'd like to know:
1. Where are you from?
2. What sort of work do you do?
3. How often do you get paid?
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes?

I'm a programmer in Israel. I get paid a salary once per month, it's transferred directly to my account. For "normal" jobs this is usually how it goes - bank transfer once per month. Sometimes it differs. Service providers (plumbers, mechanics and so on) usually get paid in cash (to avoid tax). Waiters/bartenders often get paid in cash every day (according to the tips the restaurant received that day).

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:19 pm UTC
by Hawknc
Engineer in Australia, I chose monthly but technically I get paid every 4 weeks. Why they chose this cycle I have no idea, but it is exceptionally annoying. I get paid by bank transfer, like pretty much every professional job; I've only ever been paid in cash at very small businesses.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:12 pm UTC
by Grop
Zohar wrote:I'm a programmer in Israel. I get paid a salary once per month, it's transferred directly to my account. For "normal" jobs this is usually how it goes - bank transfer once per month. Sometimes it differs.


Same for me except I live in France. Also waiters here get almost no tips, so I suppose they get most of their pay once a month.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:21 pm UTC
by Zohar
A tip of at least 10% is customary here. I know that vastly differs between countries, though. Here, usually waiters earn only from tips. If they don't reach minimum wage by the end of the month (which hopefully doesn't happen, almost never does for successful places) they get minimum instead. Mostly tips are not personal but communal (i.e. if I give my waiter X money, it goes into a bank for that evening and at the end divided evenly between all waiters).

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:25 pm UTC
by SlyReaper
Aerospace engineer here (the work in front of a computer kind of engineer, not a fix-your-boiler kind of engineer). As per my location, I'm in the UK and get paid monthly by bank transfer. I'm getting a pay review this month, so my next paycheck could be slightly higher than normal this month. :mrgreen:

As for tipping waiters, I feel guilty for leaving anything less than 10% unless the service was actually bad.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:27 pm UTC
by Sungura
1. Where are you from? Michigan, USA
2. What sort of work do you do? Graduate Research Assistant (official title, more like "lab rat/slave" real title)
3. How often do you get paid? bi-weekly
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes? cheque or if opted for (which, I did) direct deposit

Waiter tipping: 10-15% breakfast (10 if bad, 15 if good), 15-20% lunch, 20-25% dinner is usually about standard. Not lower than 10% but say the person was really horrible or extra good there is usually a +/- 5% on those ranges.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:31 pm UTC
by pseudoidiot
Engineer in the US (Kansas). Paid every other week via bank transfer. I think just about every job I've had has paid every other week. The only time I can think of when I wasn't was when I was working through a temp agency, which paid weekly.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:11 pm UTC
by ntietz
I work as a lab monitor / lab assistant / computer technician for a large state school.
1. Where are you from? Ohio.
2. What sort of work do you do? Fix computers, with a lot of idle time "monitoring the labs."
3. How often do you get paid? Every two weeks.
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes? Direct deposit into my bank account.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:20 pm UTC
by Khafji
1. Where are you from? Khafji, Saudi Arabia
2. What sort of work do you do? Coastal ecologist
3. How often do you get paid? Once per month
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, etc.? Wire transfer.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:43 pm UTC
by Ashlah
I work retail in Oregon, USA, and I get my paycheck direct deposited into my bank account every two weeks.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:27 pm UTC
by Zohar
I didn't know getting paid every two weeks was so popular. What about bills? Are most of them once per month or more/less frequent?

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:40 pm UTC
by Ashlah
Most bills are once per month. I'm not sure who decided bi-weekly was the way to go or why, but it's certainly very common (at least in the US). Maybe someone else has an explanation for it.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:47 pm UTC
by emceng
Most jobs in the US pay weekly or biweekly. My brother and I are both engineers, and are paid biweekly. My mother is a teach and is paid biweekly. My father is an economist for the USDA, and is paid biweekly.

I like it. It allows me one paycheck for mortgage, one paycheck for everything else.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:51 pm UTC
by pseudoidiot
My wife & I both get paid every-other-week, and it worked out really well because she gets paid on the weeks I don't, so we're getting a paycheck every week, which is pretty great.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:00 pm UTC
by rheakith
1. Where are you from? Ohio, USA
2. What sort of work do you do? Office Assistant in my dorm building, answer phones, help students, et c.
3. How often do you get paid? Every 2 weeks with a 2 week delay. For example, I received a deposit on Friday the 12th for a pay period that ended on February 27th. I'm not sure if this is standard, as this is my first real paying job, or if it's just the university that I work for.
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, etc.? Direct deposit into my bank account.

My last job I worked under the table at a car wash and was either payed cash or with a personal check from the owner every week or 2, depending on how much I worked. Very sketch.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
by EmilyR
1. Where are you from? London
2. What sort of work do you do? Various PT/casual/freelance - dancer, personal trainer, maths tutor, hostess, promotions, plus the occassional bit of monetary policy (short contracts only) & bar work
3. How often do you get paid? Varies according to the work done. Dancing, barmaiding, hostessing, and other non-contract are generally nightly.
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes? Varies, some is cash in hand, but for professional work it gets paid into an company that Ali and I use for our various freelance projects

Currently maths tutoring is on the up as we approach exam season, and I'm ducking "serious" work as I've decided I'm not a fan of dressing conservatively, sitting behind a desk, and playing with excel & powerpoint from 8 til 6.

Ali (gf) is an artist, designer, curator, and model so gets paid even more randomly than I do (less random one-off nightly jobs). Michael (bf) works in corporate finance so gets paid monthly into the bank.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:39 pm UTC
by Buddha with a bra on
Bartender, Cornwall, England. Get paid once per week, cold hard cash.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:59 pm UTC
by Zeroignite
1: Southwestern United States, see user location.
2: I work at a used textbook store. It's not a terribly professional position. I move books from one place to another, do inventory/database/listing crap, find books for customers. I work part-time, maybe 12 hours a week.
3: Pay is bi-weekly.
4: I get handed a check every two weeks. I asked the guy who does money if he could set up a direct deposit to the bank, but apparently that would cost $9 per deposit, which is a nontrivial fraction of my income. Last two weeks, I worked 24.5 hours and made $179.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:17 pm UTC
by LinuxPenguin
Edited, seeing as I didn't answer all the questions in the 1st post.

I just started a new job this past weekend, so, my first paycheck should arrive in the mail sometime this week. I need to get around to setting up direct deposit.

When i worked in the restaurant (which, thankfully, i don't do anymore), i got my tip payout at the end of every shift, and my base pay on Sundays.

Ok, so... here goes:
Zohar wrote:1. Where are you from?
2. What sort of work do you do?
3. How often do you get paid?
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes?



1. New Jersey, USA, Earth.
2. I am an IT contractor.
3 & 4. See above: I get a paycheck mailed to me once a week, for services rendered during the previous week. Eventually, i'll set up direct deposit, so the money can just be zapped into my checking account.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:46 pm UTC
by silent man
1. Germany
2. Aircraft Maintenance Technician
3.+4. Money arrives on my bank account on every 27. unless that's a weekend.
As far as I know, monthly direct deposit is standard for most permanent jobs here.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:48 pm UTC
by You, sir, name?
1. Where are you from?
- Sweden
2. What sort of work do you do?
- None. I get student loan payouts.
3. How often do you get paid?
- 25th every month, unless when that's on a weekend, then I get the preceding Friday.
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes?
- Bank transfer.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:25 pm UTC
by Rysto
1. Where are you from?
- Canada
2. What sort of work do you do?
- Computer Programmer
3. How often do you get paid?
- Twice monthly. It used to be biweekly but paying is twice monthly means that they pay us the same amount in every fiscal quarter, which apparently makes the accountants happy
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes?
- I get paid via direct deposit. Is that what you mean by "bank transfer"?

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:57 am UTC
by Amarantha
Melbourne, Australia.
Email admin.
Fortnightly.
Straight into bank account.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:03 am UTC
by masher
Melbourne, Australia.
Research scientist
Fortnightly.
Straight into bank account.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:17 am UTC
by PhoenixEnigma
1. Where are you from? Saskatchewan, Canada
2. What sort of work do you do? IT-ish support. It's more varied then a lot of support jobs, but the enviroment is very similar.
3. How often do you get paid? Every other Thursday, at about 1am.
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes? Direct transfer to my account.

I'm not sure of the "Why," but our labour laws stipulate that anyone who recieves an hourly wage must be paid at least every other week. People on salary may not be paid less frequently then every 4 weeks. However, it's not uncommon to see twice/once a month, even though it violates the letter of the law.

As a general rule of thumb here, the larger companies will pay by direct deposit, while smaller ones pay by cheque, but that's not hard and fast, and there's no clear dividing line. Off-the-books jobs are typically cash, of course, or very rarely payment in kind for one-off things.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:41 am UTC
by apricity
1. Where are you from? Brooklyn, NY.
2. What sort of work do you do? I'm a nanny.
3. How often do you get paid? Weekly.
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes? I get direct deposit. Since it's not under the table, they also give me $50 cash each week to make up for the taxes that are taken out, plus cash for any extra hours I worked beyond what I'm salaried for.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:47 am UTC
by The Utilitarian
1. Where are you from? British Columbia, Canada
2. What sort of work do you do? Audio/Video sales/support
3. How often do you get paid? biweekly. I have no idea why this is so common but I have to say it has the fun side effect of having an extra paycheque in a month occasionally, which is sort of fun. I mean, sure I'm still making the same amount in a year, but since most months you only get 2 paydays, generally your expenses are covered by 2 payouts in a month, so when you get an extra one, it's like, whee!
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes? direct deposit (bank transfer?) which I'm just thrilled to get. I dread the day I ever have to get paid in another fashion.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:04 am UTC
by kgirlfae
1. Where are you from? Pittsburgh, PA
2. What sort of work do you do?I am a cashier at Chipotle
3. How often do you get paid?Bi-weekly, paid on Friday for the two weeks ending the Sunday preceding the Friday
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes?I could get a check, but opted for Direct Deposit, since my primary bank (due to moving) isn't in Pittsburgh

I've also worked at a job where I got paid weekly, and I really preferred that form of cashflow. But my boyfriend gets paid on the weeks between my paydays, so it works out to a similar scenario.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:21 am UTC
by LongLiveTheDutch
I'm from the west coast of Canada, I'm a labourer in a warehouse/woodshop, I get paid bi-weekly, but I get paid on the third week for the previous two (does this make sense?) eg. If I work two weeks I get my next paycheck the week after the end of the pay period. It works out to one paycheck every two weeks. I get direct deposit from one employer and a check from the other.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:52 am UTC
by Eseell
1. Where are you from? Phoenix, AZ
2. What sort of work do you do? I am a network engineer for a nationwide ISP.
3. How often do you get paid? Bi-weekly.
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes? Bank transfer.

I used to be an engineer for a company that paid every two weeks, four weeks in arrears. In other words, you would work your two week pay period and then receive your pay four weeks later. For newbies it sucked because we had to wait six weeks for our first checks, but when I got laid off I was still getting paid my salary for a month so it wasn't all bad. I have no idea why they did things that way; every other job I've held had a one-week lag between time worked and payment.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:41 am UTC
by LuNatic
I'm in Australia working for a small computer shop doing technical support/help desk/computer repairs/retail worker/whatever I'm needed to do around here. I get a cheque, weekly.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:26 am UTC
by Grop
Zohar wrote:A tip of at least 10% is customary here. I know that vastly differs between countries, though. Here, usually waiters earn only from tips. If they don't reach minimum wage by the end of the month (which hopefully doesn't happen, almost never does for successful places) they get minimum instead.


Do you mean they get the difference from their boss? Because otherwise I don't understand your last sentence.

Here tips are just a bonus for them; their main pay is from their boss.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:56 pm UTC
by Peter Galbavy
I work as a "technologist" in a bank. I get paid once a month, on the 15th (hooray!) which is two weeks in arrears and two weeks in advance - cute idea, first place I have had this. It's by bank transfer. In the UK you only get "free banking" with most retail banks if you have your salary (and over £1,000) paid direct into your bank account at least once a month.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:50 pm UTC
by Khafji
Peter Galbavy wrote:I work as a "technologist" in a bank. I get paid once a month, on the 15th (hooray!) which is two weeks in arrears and two weeks in advance - cute idea, first place I have had this. It's by bank transfer. In the UK you only get "free banking" with most retail banks if you have your salary (and over £1,000) paid direct into your bank account at least once a month.



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Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:57 pm UTC
by Izawwlgood
I'm not really sure why, but I've avoided direct deposit my whole life in leiu of being able to tangibly hold my paycheck, and deposit it myself. I dunno. I do very little money management beyond trying to cut back on spending and save up a bit, so it seems prudent for me to at least be involved enough to deposit my own checks.

Chicago. Lab tech. Bi-weekly. Check.

OH! But I'm quitting next week! Bam! FREEDOM BITCHES!

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:46 pm UTC
by Coffee
First and 15th of every month.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:05 pm UTC
by Cane
My particulars are pretty redundant to all the other Americans. Every two weeks, direct deposit.

Grop wrote:
Zohar wrote:If they don't reach minimum wage by the end of the month (which hopefully doesn't happen, almost never does for successful places) they get minimum instead.

Do you mean they get the difference from their boss? Because otherwise I don't understand your last sentence.

Here tips are just a bonus for them; their main pay is from their boss.

In the US, the employer is required to make up the difference if the employee's tips don't make the total compensation at least equal to minimum wage. There is a very small hour rate for wait staff usually; like $2-3/hr. Tips are the major bulk of the income.

LongLiveTheDutch wrote:I get paid on the third week for the previous two.

I think this is one of the reason that bi-monthly and every-two-weeksly started. Because if you start on the first of the month, you may end up working for five or six weeks before you get your actual pay. A lot of people just can't float for that long. Even worse if you have reimbursable out-of-pocket expenses.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:43 pm UTC
by Jacque
I'm a graphic/web designer and I'm based out of Ann Arbor, MI. For my 9-5 I get paid once a month via direct deposit. Freelance stuff brings extra monies in sporadically.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:09 pm UTC
by Endless Mike
1. Where are you from? Arlington, VA, USA
2. What sort of work do you do? Engineer
3. How often do you get paid? Every other week
4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a bank transfer, milk and potatoes? Bank transfers are required, although you can transfer to multiple accounts if desired (I don't).

The biweekly schedule is nice since, among other things, it also gives two "extra" checks per year. Bills come monthly, but they don't come at the same time.

Re: It's pay day!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:12 pm UTC
by Cane
Endless Mike wrote:The biweekly schedule is nice since, among other things, it also gives two "extra" checks per year. Bills come monthly, but they don't come at the same time.

January was a three-check month for me. So the Christmas bills were covered, but I was counting on having some extra left over. I was wrong.