Salary Requirements & Commitment Levels

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Touch n’ Go

Discussion of salary occasionally becomes a touchy subject for both employers and candidates. In many respects, applicants don’t want to come across as greedy by asking for too much but on the flip side, it’s never a good idea to settle for less than you reasonably require. At the end of the day, if an employee cannot pay for basic needs (food, shelter, access to fresh water, etc), they cannot be their best self at work.

Living Within a Balanced Budget

For years, I have been using Dave Ramsey’s financial peace program for budgeting and in doing so I have paid off all my bad debt! Through this process, I have used the math from Dave Ramsey directly1 to determine rent payment amount(s).

Crunching these numbers was possible after much budgetary research using resources such as the Dave Ramsey financial peace method(s)2, personal finances, and other rent payment calculation resources3. Please note, child visitation is only possible when I am located relative to the greater Phoenix area.

The following spreadsheet provides a matter-of-fact representation of my stance regarding wages:

Commitment Level

Commitment levels may change depending on conditions. However, the purpose of this page is not to make a declarative “salary requirement”; instead, it is to provide a transparent compare/contrast regarding allowable employment commitment level(s) in relation to conditions that result in response to the rate of pay from an employer.

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  1. Ramsey, D. (n.d.). How Much Rent Can I Afford? Retrieved from
  2. Ramsey, D., & Ramsey, S. (1997). Financial peace: New York: Viking.
  3. Rent Editorial Team. (2013, April 5). Budget 101: Determining Your Rent Budget. Retrieved from