Comparing Two Salary Structures
PROBLEM SITUATION:
You have two job offers. Job 1 has an annual starting salary of $60,000 with the expectation of a $1000 raise each year. Job 2 has an annual starting salary of $45,000 and expectation of a 7.5% annual raise.
(3pts) 1. Tables of future annual salaries can be used to begin to compare the two job offers. Copy the following tables into your report and complete them. Round to the nearest dollar.
TABLE 1 TABLE 2
Job 1: Annual Salary 
Job 2: Annual Salary 

# of Years Worked 
Annual Salary after t years 
Successive Differences 
Successive Ratios (3 decimal places) 
# of Years Worked 
Annual Salary after t years 
Successive Differences 
Successive Ratios (3 decimal places) 

0 
Salary of year 1 – salary of year 0 
Salary or year 1/ salary of year 0 
0 
Salary of year 1 – salary of year 0 
Salary or year 1/ salary of year 0 

1 
1 

2 
2 

3 
3 

4 
4 

5 
5 

6 
6 
(1 pt ea) 2. Write the answers to questions a, b, and c using complete sentences. For question d, just write the function rule.
a. In which table are the successive differences constant?
b. What is that constant difference?
c. What type of function can be used to model this salary offer?
(1 pt ea) 3. Write the answers to questions a, b, and c using complete sentences. For question d, just write the function rule.
a. In which table are the successive ratios constant?
b. What is that constant ratio?
c. What type of function can be used to model this salary offer?
(4pts) 4. Use your calculator to produce, in the same window, the graphs of both salary functions (From questions 2d and 3d) over the domain 0 to 100 years and a range 0 to 130,000
You can take a picture of your graph with your phone. Email a copy of the picture to yourself. Print the picture and add to the end of your project. I will not accept handdrawn graphs.
(1pts) 6a. What equation can be solved to find the number of years it will take to double the starting salary for Job 1?
(2pts) b. Solve the equation algebraically (show the steps).
(4pts) c. Check your solution from part b graphically. Using your smartphone, take a picture of the graph from your calculator. You can take a picture of your graph with your phone. Email a copy of the picture to yourself. Print the picture and add to the end of your project. I will not accept handdrawn graphs.
(1pts) d. Write your solution in sentence form.
(2pts) 7a.What equation can be solved to find the number of years it will take to double the starting salary for Job 2?
(4pts) b. Solve the equation graphically. You can take a picture of your graph with your phone. Email a copy of the picture to yourself. Print the picture and add to the end of your project. I will not accept handdrawn graphs.
(1pts) c. Write your solution in sentence form.
Note that the last column gives a comparison of the cumulative earnings of both jobs for the same number of years worked by calculating the difference.
Complete the table below.
TABLE 3
Comparison of Cumulative Earnings 

t = # of Years Worked 
= Cumulative Earnings after t years on Job 1

= Cumulative Earnings after t years on Job 2

Difference in Cumulative Earnings: 
1 
$ 60,000 
$ 45,000 
$ 15,000 
2 
$ 121,000 
$ 93,375 
$ 27,625 
3 

4 

5 

6 

7 

8 
$ 508,000 
$ 470,087 
$ 37,913 
9 
$ 576,000 
$ 550,343 
$ 25,657 
10 
$ 645,000 
$ 636,619 
$ 8,381 
11 
$ 715,000 
$ 729,365 
$ (14,365) 
(2pts) 10 How many years must you work in order for the cumulative salary of Job 2 to be higher than the cumulative salary for Job 1? Explain how TABLE 3 gives this information.
(2pts) 12. Write a well thought out paragraph that compares the pros and cons of each of the salary offers and indicates which job offer he/she would accept and why. The information learned from all the tables should be incorporated into the analysis. Assume that except for the salary structure, the two jobs are equal (same commute, same benefits, etc.).