Poverty Line For Each Age By WSO Standards

Here's the poverty line (USD) for each age range by WSO (and my) standards. This is annual income, not net worth.

Early 20s: $130k

Are you even front office if your first year TC is below 130k? Unless you're at a boutique with bad deal flow or at MBB in a tier 5 city, your comp should be 150k+.
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Mid 20s: $300k

Are you even progressing your career? Unless you're getting your MBA, you should be making 350k easily in any reputable FO seat.

Late 20s: $500k

If you're not a VP or in PE/VC/HF at this point you're way way behind.

30s: $1.3MM

Is your career stagnating like the Nikkei 225? Get your shit together, or you'll enter your 40s unmarried.

40s: $8MM

You should easily be a MD/partner/equivalent in PE/VC/HF by now. If you're even a slight rainmaker, you'll clear $5mm at the minimum.

50s and 60s: $35MM

Have you been jacking off your whole life? If you land any decent PE MF partner seat, you should be clearing mid 9 figures easily. If you went into politics or any other ivory tower, easily high 10 figures.

Comments (11)

Jan 11, 2022 - 5:15pm
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Fairly accurate up until 40s imo. $8MM seems generous for a regular MD no? And 35MM for a PE Partner?

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Jan 11, 2022 - 5:18pm
2rigged2fail, what's your opinion? Comment below:

still waiting for a solitary high earner (>$750k) to come and do an AMA here given this websites been around since the dawn of time.

Jan 11, 2022 - 5:24pm
Prestigiouslndividual, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My peak "official" annual comp was around 6mm as a VP at Apollo including carry.

Right now I'm exceeding that by around 600%, although it's mostly through illegal and shadowy methods, hence why I say "official".

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Jan 11, 2022 - 6:34pm
theAudiophile, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Someone making that kind of money is too busy with hookers and blow and accidents that come with birth certificates than to troll us here on WSO. Then beyond that they start paying people to make sure other people don't know who they are or even exist.

Jan 11, 2022 - 5:41pm
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Prestigiouslndividual

50s and 60s: $35MM

Have you been jacking off your whole life? If you land any decent PE MF partner seat, you should be clearing mid 9 figures easily. If you went into politics or any other ivory tower, easily high 10 figures.

high 10 figures is 7-9.99 billion dollars. mid 9 figures is 500 million dollars. You cray cray.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jan 11, 2022 - 5:44pm
Prestigiouslndividual, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Well yes, my senator and MP friends all rake in low 9 figures easily via bribes, extortion, blackmailing, ransoms, insider trading, etc

Jan 11, 2022 - 5:58pm
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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