i have a bachelor's degree from a state university in a finance-related major. I worked in a southern state for a hotel as an "account clerk" that paid $7.00 an hour, with moderately good benefits. Because the wages were generally low in this area, that would be about right for the level of responsibility. Shortly after I started, it became clear that they expected me to be a staff accountant (which I had the credential to do) and an internal auditor at the same time (which i had the training to do). Either one of those jobs alone would have paid a minimum of $35,000 per year for a new graduate with absolutely no experience, even in this area where the wages were lower. Now, this was not Motel 6. This is a well known company where marble and brass are everywhere, gold leaf around the moulding. You get the idea. Because it was close to a beach, the hotel made tons of cash from rooms, and tons more renting conference space. Who came up with the idea "$7.00 is a fair wage for this situation"? The guy that had the job before me warned me about it, and then left to go work for Northrup Grumman and was immediately making more money than he could spend as a staff accountant there. I knew I would be gone in less than 30 days, and I was. I took their money to put food on the table while I was getting my CNA license. The day that they terminated me, I shook his hand and smiled. I could not have cared less.