My 4 year financial plan

I want to find a job that I love, that is an easy commute from where I currently live, and that would be I want to design this period of time so that it positions me optimally for the following phase of life.

Thinking about salary, it is more accurate to express it as a yearly amount rather than an hourly wage. The boss bids on jobs and gets paid on a per-project basis. But the workers, in a wage-labor situation, get paid in the unit of $/hr, versus, say, a percentage of the project.

I want to

Downpaymemt on building + safety margin vs. Downpayment on building + safety margin + full suite of equiptment

Research the Range That the Employer Likely Has in Mind, and Then Define an Interrelated Range for Yourself, Relative to the Employer's Range

Okay, I admit this is a bit sophisticated, and you may not have the stomach to do this much research. But you ought to at least know how this works. Just in case.

It begins by defining your goal. What you want, in your research, is not just one salary figure. As you may recall, you want a range: a range defined by what's the least the employer may offer you, and what's the most the employer may be willing to pay to get you. In any organization that has more than five employees, that range is comparativley easy to figure out. It will be less than what the person who would be above you makes, and more than what the person who would be below you makes. examples:

If the Person Who Would Be Below You Makes And the Person Who Would Be Above You Makes The Range for Your Job Would Be
$45,000 $55,000 $47,000-$53,000
$30,000 $35,500 $32,500-$34,000

If it is a small organization you are going after--one with twenty or fewer employees--any employee who works there is likely to know the answer.

If you