The thread about North Carolina got me thinking... how many people feel satisfied with their salary? I mean, of course, everyone could always use extra money, but do you feel that you make a liveable salary? I live in Northern CA (much cheaper than SoCal). I have a Master's. I am not extravagant or under loads of debt, and I still have to scrape by each month for basic things like groceries, dog food, etc. I have to take on after school duties or summer school if I want to make enough money to save for home improvements or trips. I feel fortunate to even HAVE a job or have the opportunity for extra duty pay, but it's still frustrating to be a highly educated professional who's counting pennies for gas money.