The level of honesty in these statements considering the taboo about saying any of this in sociology is glorious. LOL @ people @ top departments trying to pretend they're the same as the homeless people they're studying.
I have no idea what ant of this means. Can you clarify? What is the "taboo" (I thought it was obvious that if you want to make real $$, don't go into academia, and DEFINITELY don't become a sociologists because most make very little), and who is the "LOL" directed at?
I'm not in the b school track. I'm a top gun in a top department in a relatively well-funded field. I'm not going to spend 5+ years in graduate school to make less than 85k. I'm not an academic martyr. I need to make enough money to take care of me and my family. You should see what my friends from college are making.
Does your partner not work, or support your family, or do you not have a partner (if you don't, do you support your extended family?)? If your partner makes 80-100K as someone, say, under 30 or close to 30, why would 75K be too low for you?
Just asking these clarifying questions brings up two important caveats to this conversation: Your age and previous work experience (like, are you taking a pay cut to go into academia), and your partner situation matters for what you might think is an unacceptable salary.