Is 10,000 yen monthly salary a big deal for young professionals?

Chaudhary started his day with a trip to the CultFit gym (he paid 10,000 for a four-month subscription). He commutes to work on an electric scooter, which he bought in January for 90,000, after he was asked to return to the postal pandemic office. “My office is only 5 km away but taxi fares have skyrocketed, and the cost 120- Chaudhary, who works as a consultant at MNC, says 150 even for short distances.

Chaudhary says he spends about 65% wage rent, utilities and EMI, 10% on shopping and dining and save the remaining 25% on short-term needs. ” 10,000 sounds flashy, but for a bachelor living in a tier 1 city, it offers a laid-back lifestyle. If I had to support a family with this salary, I would have to save massively,” he said.

In Udaipur, the monthly cost of Rithvi Somani looks completely different (see chart). She lives with her parents and thus saves on rent and bills. “If I lived in Mumbai, where my company is headquartered, I would only be able to afford a mediocre life after paying the rent,” Somani said.

For a fresher look, Somani’s salary is 1.15 lakh would be envied by most graduates, but she feels this is not enough. “There is always something left in the cart or with an unreachable price tag,” said the 24-year-old who studied law in the UK. The 25,000 education loan accounted for 30% of her income.


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Chaudhary and Somani aren’t the only ones who think they should earn more for a better lifestyle. Mint talked to many young professionals in different cities about lifestyle a Monthly salary 1-1.2 thousand can get them. Everyone agrees that The 10,000 figure looks good on paper but it only goes so far after factoring in rent, bills, groceries, domestic helper wages and lifestyle spending, especially when living in subway.

Zoya Seth, a freelance writer based in Delhi, said rising inflation over the past year has only made matters worse. ” I use 40,000 per month just for basic needs. I see people spending 20,000-25,000 gas only. Healthcare costs have skyrocketed. “A visit to the doctor and any medical tests ignite a large hole in the pocket,” she said. 80,000- 1.1 lakh per month and have enough disposable income left after paying all her bills.

High aspiration

A common reason for The 10,000 decrease is in most cases an increase in aspirational spending. For example, in large metropolises, dinner plans that include drinks can easily be expensive 1,500-2,000 per person. Most people also have an independent travel budget that accounts for 10-20% of their monthly income.

However, this often comes at the expense of savings. For example, Chaudhary said he hasn’t started investing yet because he doesn’t have enough left after paying for necessities and personal expenses. “I am working in my own business and that accounts for all my remaining income,” he said.

Bhubaneshwar-based Debroop Roy (see chart) believes one can live comfortably on this salary, unless there are large debts. “I don’t think one person can manage so many loans and live comfortably on this income, because one also needs to invest and save for the future,” he said.

Number of years before you start making money in 10,000 scopes and other obligations also make a difference. For Divya Kumar (see picture), 33 years old, after meeting her basic needs, supporting her parents and investing in her future, the salary will be slightly higher. 1 thousand does not leave much. “It took me about six years to reach the annual salary package 12 lakh and it’s not much compared to the cost of living in Mumbai,” she said.

However, this income made it possible for Kumar to realize his dream of an international vacation. “I can have my first overseas holiday to Singapore after I pass 12 thousand per year. Now I’m saving for Europe,” she said.

Roy, 26, says his current salary allows him to splurge on the one luxury he enjoys most – staying in five-star hotels during vacations. “I don’t think twice before I spend on things I like. For example, I recently purchased a gym membership for 16,000 in a flash, which I wouldn’t have had sooner,” he said.

Start investing

The An income range of 10,000 provides enough disposable income for young people to invest. Roy has been working since he was 21 but only started investing last year after he got a big pay rise. “I will pay the rent and spend on other necessities and save what’s left, which won’t be much compared to my salary. 40,000-50,000. I was able to meaningfully start saving and investing only after my income was higher Roy says: 80,000-90,000.

Financial planner would argue that waiting for higher disposable income to start investing is not the right approach but Roy begs to differ. “Invest The 2,000-4,000 cuts will take away the joy of newfound financial freedom, he said. Currently, Roy invests 20% of his salary and saves another 20% for emergencies and short-term claims.

Somani guarantees that she will save about a quarter of her salary every month.

The Dream salary 1 thousand

Young professionals believe a six-figure monthly income is no longer the norm for a successful career because rising inflation and aspirational spending have made it insufficient. “While I thought 10,000 salary is not quite the norm, it will be easier for you to reach this number if you are working in the private sector, especially in cities like Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR or Mumbai,” says Roy. .

Industry experts also agree. Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder and CEO, TeamLease Services, said “ 2 thousand is new 1 thousand. The aspirations of young professionals have a reset amount.

Entry-level earnings have also risen to keep pace with rising expectations. “Average pay packages at the junior and mid-level, across sectors, have increased by 18-20% in the last year,” said Sanjay Shetty, director of strategic and professional accounts and professional, Randstad India. past 5 years.

However, this number still reflects a certain social situation, especially in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. “I don’t disclose my salary to my friends in Udaipur. It’s still considered a lot of money in small cities and can create an expectation that I can afford to take the bill on every outing on behalf of everyone,” Somani said.

Roy chuckles as he says this is a desirable salary in the marriage market.

“People here (Bhubaneshwar) see me as a good earner. Can earn one A salary of 10,000 makes me financially stable for married life,” Roy said.

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