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Is Texas just a low-wage state?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Captain Obvious, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. Looking at various PR jobs open at universities, and public universities in Texas seem to pay the lowest for writing jobs.

    Texas A&M has a communications specialist opening topping out at $34,500. I've seen similar positions at junior colleges elsewhere paying $40,000.
  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    It's not great, but you gotta remember, the cost of living in Texas is probably a fourth of what it is in the Acela corridor.
  3. Amy

    Amy Well-Known Member

    The wage levels for at least some jobs also depends on the location within Texas. I've recently seen some salary information for particular classes of jobs and College Station salaries are lower than Houston or even Austin, despite the proximity to both cities.
  4. It's not even the Acela corridor. Have looked at salary info in low-cost areas in the Midwest.

    It's surprising a major research university pays some PR staff so little.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Houses in Houston are crazy cheap.
  6. One reason a buddy of mine was transferred by his company there last year. He wasn't crazy about Houston, but loved he would have more disposable income.
  7. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    How "low-cost" are those areas really? Texas has no state income tax and in Aggieland, you're not dropping a Benjamin for a MetroCard.
  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    And lest people think I'm defending Texas A&M, they are a massive research facility in terms of agriculture and veterinary medicine. They can grow the hell out of grass and puppies.
  9. Low-cost as in less than a $1,000 to rent a decent house in a decent neighborhood, but your cultural options are limited to community college and high school plays and concerts, and what's playing at the small movie theater.
  10. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    What's the makeup of their PR office?
    They probably have other, better-paying positions, but depending on the nature of the copywriting position, they probably don't need someone with a lot of experience.
  11. Two years' experience in communications/marketing required. The position is in the utilities/energy management office.

  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's a Texas thing. I think there are a lot of good-paying PR jobs, but a lot more low-paying get-in-the-door jobs.
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