Which do you prefer more when choosing a job, the benefits or the salary?

@yAks89 (589)
Philippines
March 5, 2009 7:22pm CST
My father always tells me that I should give priority to the benefits given by the company more than how high the salary is when choosing a job. But my guts tell me to choose the salary more. Well, I am still a student and finding a job will still be years ahead of me, but I think it would be great if someone could clear me up about this issue. So, mylot people, which do you prefer?
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4 responses
@theonerm5 (365)
• United States
6 Mar 09
I would go more for salary but it is a hard decision and it depends on what type of job it is.
@yAks89 (589)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
Yes, it also depends on the type of job. When it is dangerous, go for the benefits. is that what you mean? ^_^
• United States
6 Mar 09
I think that it depends on the job. If you are planning on making the job your carrer and being there for a long time then look at benifits such as insurance and retirement along with vacation. But if you know that you are just going to be there until you find something better then pay would be what I would look at. I am going to school and when I go to work I will look at benifits, and the long term things.
@yAks89 (589)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
Maybe my father wants me to look at things on a long-term basis that's why he wanted me to choose benefits over salary. But after I graduate, I want to help my family financially, so I might first take a look at salary over benefits.
• United States
6 Mar 09
At this point in my life I look at the salary. I don't use the benefits. I paid into insurance with one company for the year I worked there and used the vision portion of it once in that time and still ended up paying for half of the visit and the cost of my frames. Maybe when I have a family to think of or if I can find vision insurance that pays for contact lenses I might worry about benefits but right now they are a waste of my money.
@yAks89 (589)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
Well, benefits aren't really a waste of money you know. They are still assets but in other forms. they may come in cars, health insurance, 13th month pay, 14th month pay, 15th month pay, etc.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
10 Mar 09
Which one you choose will depend on the type of work you are pursuing. The benefits are definitely important and become more important as you get older. Getting benefits also can get more difficult as you get older. Generally the slaried jobs that offer benefits also offer opportunities to move up and to make more money. Have you ever asked your father why he feels this way? He has many years of experience and knowledge that you can benefit from. You should ask him about the different jobs he has had. It is never good to choose a job based solely on the amount of money offered. You will ultimately lose out in the long wrong if you lose the job for any reason and not having the perks of the benefits package will make it seem worse.