In 2008 I compared my $16.75hr with what it was worth in 1998(when I was rehired at $10.85hr) on an inflation calculator run by the University of California Davis. My $16.75 was the equivalent of $12.75 in 1998. A couple of days ago I ran the numbers on the U.S. Labor Dept's inflation calculator. My current $17.09 was worth $12.77 in 1998. I hope anyone new to the company understands this. After you factor in inflation, some years with no raise or a partial raise, and annual increases in healthcare costs, your pay in 10 years won't be much more than your starting pay in terms of purchasing power. So look at your starting pay and see if that amount will make you happy in 10 years or more. By the way, my starting pay in 1998 of $10.85hr is worth $14.52 now if I remember right. That's more than what current newhires get on this lowest payscale, the "B" payscale.