Americans Earning Less Than $100k Struggle To Afford Day-To-Day Living Expenses  

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The phrase “cost of living crisis” has cropped up constantly since inflation started to sky-rocket in 2021, but what does it really mean for American workers on the ground? 

While inflation has thankfully slowed to 6 percent (the lowest since September 2021) after it peaked at 9.1 percent in June of last year, the consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.4 percent in February after increasing 0.6 percent in January.  

Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell told Congress in March its aim is to reduce interest rates to as little as 2 percent, however Powell hinted that inflation would have to continue to increase in the coming months. 

Average hourly earnings are up 

And although average hourly earnings are up 4.6 percent, year-on-year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that real average earnings for all employees decreased 0.1% in February, despite remote workers’ banking savings of up to $5,000 per year. 

Couple the above with the recent data that found the majority of middle income families who earn between $30,000 and $100,000 now say their earnings aren’t enough to cover basic day-to-day living expenses and you can understand why so many families are struggling to put food on the table—figuratively and literally. 

Enter the “Perkcession” 

Those jobs that were once seen as especially lucrative thanks to their plethora of perks and benefits are also feeling the pinch as organizations retrench. For many employees, once cushioned by on-site free snacks or unlimited PTO, a perkcession of sorts is underway.  

In fact, employers from Wall Street to Silicon Valley have been rescinding non-traditional benefits.  

The likes of Meta have ended free laundry and dry cleaning services as part of its “year of efficiency”, and Salesforce has stopped its extra day off per month for wellness policy (in-house speciality baristas at the company’s San Francisco HQ were also shown the door), as its stocks continue to plummet, down 47 percent in February from a high of $311.75 on November 9, 2021.  

The silver lining is that despite tech’s tightening of its belt, the labor market is exceeding economists’ expectations.  

And despite mass layoffs across the sector to the tune of 153,873 people at 529 companies, 517,000 jobs were added to the labor market in January of this year, meaning securing a new job with an annual salary of more than $100,000 is feasible as competition to attract talent remains stiff. 

With this in mind, we’re profiling three jobs spread across various sectors that have a minimum starting salary of $100,000. You can also browse thousands of jobs via The Hill Job Board

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, US Federal Reserve System–Board of Governors, Washington 

The Role: The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist ensures equal employment opportunity (EEO) programs are compliant with non-discrimination laws and regulations, bank EEO policy and requirements specified in the Federal Reserve Administrative Manual (FRAM) regarding EEO.  

Salary Range: Successful candidates can expect to earn between $117,000 and $173,000 a year. 

What You’ll Do: Your principal duties and responsibilities involve monitoring external and internal labor markets, changes in business practices, legislative changes, HR practices, and benchmarks against system best practices in order to make recommendations to the bank’s strategies, actions and policies. You will also analyze legal precedents that might affect EEO and diversity programs and provide direction and support pertaining to employment, training, employee relations, supplier diversity, and metric systems.  

What You’ll Need: This role requires a broad working knowledge of all areas of HR normally acquired through at least two years’ of HR generalist experience. You will also need a Bachelor’s degree. 

Apply Now: You can find out more about this opening here.

Network Communications Manager 2, Northrop Grumman, Fort Hood 

The Role: The Northrop Grumman defense systems sector is seeking a Network Communications Manager 2 to join its growing team of diverse professionals at Fort Hood, Texas. 

Salary Range: The salary range for this role has been stipulated at $105,600 to $158,400.  

What You’ll Do: You will update, review and maintain documentation, assist the information systems security manager (ISSM) and security manager with cyber and physical security, perform auditor functions, update and maintain the tenant security plan (TSP) which includes the building and room diagrams, exception memorandums and other required documentation. You will also be required to manage training certificates, inform users of all training and certification requirements and attend exercise meetings and conferences. 

What You’ll Need: Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 10 years’ of network experience or a Master’s degree with a minimum of eight years’ of network experience along with CompTIA CASP or Security + CE certification. You must also hold an active U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Top Secret (TS) Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance.  

Apply Now: See more details about this opportunity here

Director of Public Relations, American Gas Association, Washington

The Role: The American Gas Association is seeking a Director of Public Relations to join its communications team. 

Salary Range: According to Glassdoor, a senior manager at American Gas Association can expect to earn a salary starting at $140,000. 

What You’ll Do: The Director of Public Relations is an integral member of AGA’s communications team, a key contributor to the communications strategy, and is directly responsible for engagement and relationships with media. As an ambassador for the industry, the Director develops and executes content and activities designed to promote, enhance and protect the natural gas brand and the reputation of the association. 

What You’ll Need: The ideal candidate has experience developing and conducting media relations activities, exceptional writing, public speaking and communications skills, as well as prior experience leading and managing teams. The ability to travel (when public health conditions permit), and a desire to live and work in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are critical for this role. 

Apply Now: View the full job description here.  

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