Still 35-40k a year with benefits and summer's off is really good money for a lot of Americans that they can only dream about making. Especially low wage college grads stuck in low paying jobs that pay minimum wage. That's how it was for me for 7 years while I was looking for teaching jobs, but despite all the interviews could not land a teaching job. I was living out of a broken down trailer with no heat or air conditioning. I finally gave up and went into trucking.