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Check my dad’s starting salary

September 10th, 2013 · 7 Comments · Business, History, John Lind Collection

If you’re worried about meeting all the bills each month, check out the salary my dad was paid when he first started working for Dohrmann Hotel Supply Co. in California. The year was 1935.


Yup. It was the princely amount of $80 per month. Full time.

He did get raises, though. In each of the next two years, his salary increased by $10, so by 1937 he was getting $100 a month.

I make a little fun of it, but the U.S. was still working its way out of the Great Depression and landing a gig with a relatively large and (at that point) secure company must have been huge.

In 1939, the company had an opening in its small Honolulu office. He jumped at the chance and got the position. He arrived in Honolulu by ship on May 1, 1939.

I think this is the Dorhmann office somewhere in the Los Angeles area where he initially worked. The photo must have been taken closer to his departure for Honolulu, since I don’t think they had parking meters in 1935.



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