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.

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Jan 11, 2022 - 5:15pm

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

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.

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Jan 11, 2022 - 5:41pm

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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.

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Jan 11, 2022 - 5:58pm

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