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[Now Compatible 1.67] Minimum Wage/More Realistic Earnings, Higher Tuition, Higher Boarding School Costs, Higher Grant Money

by Madam Doofie Posted 13th Nov 2012 at 6:33 PM - Updated 24th Sep 2014 at 5:34 AM by Madam Doofie : Compatible with 1.67
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24/09/14: Updated for 1.67. Final update, moving on to bigger mods. Thanks for all the love! Sorry for taking so long. More details and information below.

09/12/13: Updated for 1.63. There’s just one flavour for each this time.

28/06/13: Seems to work with 1.55! Let me know if you have any issues. Thank you.

22/04/13: Updated for 1.50! Thank you for all the interest, everyone! I’m glad you all enjoy it so much.

1.67 UPDATE:
I doubt anyone cares that much, but basically my computer died in January, so I didn't have access to the Sims 3 nor a computer that could play it, let alone install it.

Long story short I actually have a computer that works now, and I've finally reacquired Sims 3 and now I can update! And make more mods! Which I'm definitely going to do soon. Story end.

No big changes just a patch update.

A mod to lower the pay and increase the hours of all Sims 3 Careers. All now start at $8 or less depending on the career track in question and the amount you can get as a raise has been lowered to 0.04%.

I tried to use my intelligence when reassigning the amounts. For example I kinda figured the Leader of the Free World would earn more than someone working in a diner (no matter what career level), and I believe surgeons earn quite a bit as well.

Whereas if you're in the Criminal career track, if you choose to go evil you’ll have to accept a pay drop to begin with. Supervillains don't pay their henchmen very well

I've actually made a couple BIGGER simply because they were things like being a super star or the leader of the free world and I figure that would earn more! Meanwhile things like a fan of Sports earns only a dollar an hour because if being a fan of something earned us money we'd all be rich.

I mostly created this for the sake of making my game harder and having impoverished sims.


Updated for patch level 1.63

mod effects:

other things:
This mod, depending on the flavours you choose, changes the amount earned per job (overriding resource instance 0x0333406C-0x00000000-0x6E9ADCDAEB2CE302), the university grant amount (0x0333406C-0x00000000-0xAF483E360533B0B0), the university costs (0x0333406C-0x00000000-0xFD4A5CBE89E79F47) and the boarding school tuition fees (0x0333406C-0x00000000-0x5662EC1670521AAD). They will conflict with any other mods that alter these resources.
The lower earnings section of this mod is not compatible with AwesomeMod. I have no idea why and I don’t know how to fix it. The higher tuition, higher grant money and higher boarding school fees are all compatible with AwesomeMod and NRAAS. The mod will not affect NRAAS careers but will continue to work for the EA ones.
custom careers/edits
I cannot, as far as I am aware, create an optional package for NRAAS careers, however those are very simple to edit as is this mod. Simply open the mod in S3PE, open the XML in notepad, find "<Basepay>" and change the numbers. For example change <BasePay>30</BasePay> to </BasePay>8</BasePay> to change $30/hr to $8/hr. This also works for editing custom career packages (such as NRAAS’s).

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Built with Game Version: 1.50
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Test Subject
#26 Old 16th Nov 2012 at 4:46 AM
damn person..... i mean right now my sims are fucking poor. lol i ain't gona download this to become homeless.
Test Subject
#27 Old 16th Nov 2012 at 9:59 PM
I'm planning to go Epic once Seasons comes out, so this works wonders! My sims won't get too much cash. Nice Mod.
Test Subject
#28 Old 17th Nov 2012 at 2:38 AM
Thanks so much I'll give it a try
Test Subject
#29 Old 17th Nov 2012 at 4:26 PM
This is perfect! My sims get rich in a matter of weeks which is way too fast for me. Wanted my sims game much harder, which this will do! This will even keep those sims in their respective classes for a while. Upper, middle, lower. Thanks for this! :D
Test Subject
#30 Old 18th Nov 2012 at 1:34 AM
Okay, I think it's kinda cool you want it to be more realistic, but why do you want to make it harder to get money in the game? I saw one person said it's way too easy to make money. It wasn't for me until I used cheats, but whatever. I'm just curious what your reasons are.

Also, the Simoleon currency is slightly different than US currency. Just by a little

(")_(") (>^_^>) --[ KIRBY!!! ]
Lab Assistant
#31 Old 19th Nov 2012 at 6:55 AM
Although the rates of each career are a bit high and very easy to make a decent living in game, if using a higher bills mod (made by claudiasharon or nona or something like that at 40% or higher on each Friday) such as myself, this would be a little harsh to work with. Minimum wage out this way is about $8.25/hr. So, it wouldn't be considered a challenge at this rate. You are, more or less, trying to create a way to fill up your in-game cemeteries! Poor is truly an understatement for this matter. I don't use any of the money cheats either, so this would truly kill my entire world off!

Great idea though! If there is an adjustment to make it a little more around the $8 average and up, I'm all over it! I can just adjust the high bill rate option from either of the mod creators (thank you all that make these higher bills' mods!!) to balance out from that point. Please consider, please???? Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. On another note, one mentioned about part-timers not making less, just working less hours, is definitely another factor to consider if you do decide to make my requested flavor.
Lab Assistant
#32 Old 23rd Nov 2012 at 2:32 PM
this is a really good mod for those who want to make you sims lives a little more realistic, although the game sets quite a high standard of living especially when it comes to bills and food I:E 4 simoliens for 1 apple?? so like many my sims are also always broke but i may give this a try just to see how they go...

Thank you for your efforts
Test Subject
#33 Old 26th Nov 2012 at 5:03 PM
Mod no found, problem?
Game version
Test Subject
#34 Old 16th Dec 2012 at 9:10 PM
Originally Posted by Madam Doofie
Open the mod in S3PE, open the XML in notepad, find "<Basepay>" and change the numbers. For example change <BasePay>2</BasePay> to </BasePay>23</BasePay>

It's not difficult at all and it works for custom careers too.

Ohhhh! Yay! Cause I love the idea of this, but I did notice a couple I wanted to tweak. Thank you for this! I can't wait to start using this!

Just a quick question though: How do I add in custom careers?
Lab Assistant
#35 Old 19th Dec 2012 at 8:22 PM
Originally Posted by Gemificus
this is a really good mod for those who want to make you sims lives a little more realistic, although the game sets quite a high standard of living especially when it comes to bills and food I:E 4 simoliens for 1 apple?? so like many my sims are also always broke but i may give this a try just to see how they go...

Thank you for your efforts

Yeah, really, $30 Simoleons for a pizza, it had better feed me for a week! Realistically, 1 large pizza from Pizza Hut feeds maybe 2-3 hungry people where I'm coming from, and costs maybe $7-10. Mac & cheese costs what, $1 for a box (or less), plus a bit extra for milk & butter. $4 for an apple is more like a whole pound, and it had better fill me for a whole afternoon!

But sure, I've got s3pe, and I can play with this!
Test Subject
#36 Old 23rd Dec 2012 at 11:49 AM
This does look like an awesome mod for those that might want a more difficult challenge in their game (sorry not me but I do think it's very cool and will definitely lead my sister here cause she'd love it ).

JIC you want to reference a real Air Force (closest to the game career) American military pay scale to represent it correctly (I've done a LOT of research on this for a book) you can check them out here:

Not telling you you need to change it (seriously it' s your mod...if people want a variation they can change it ) but this is a just in case thing if you do want to look at it.
Test Subject
#37 Old 7th Jan 2013 at 5:51 PM
Hey, I was wondering if you could help me out with something.

One of my Sims' life wish is one of the author-y ones. So with that and the wishes she gets, she makes 5k every Sunday in royalties. I just think it's a bit too much..

How would I go about changing that?
Test Subject
#38 Old 29th Jan 2013 at 12:46 AM
Originally Posted by 101ita
Good idea but too low amounts. My particuliar gripe is with part time. People don't earn less money per hour, just work less hours. 2 seems rediculous, they're only at work for ~3 hours, so 6 simoleons per day?

I was wondering a similar thing myself. I was looking at the business career, and noticed the lowest rung that the pay was 2 per hour. In the UK, the lowest earning is £2.65 per hour and that is an apprentice under 19 and in their first year. at over 21 the wage is £6.19 p.h. I'll probably still download, and just adjust the amounts!
Test Subject
#39 Old 30th Jan 2013 at 8:50 PM
Thank you for your work on this idea. I agree that the economics of the game are very unrealistic; I think your mod has much promise toward some needed realism. Sharing how to "mod the mod" should make this a popular download. Every one has different money experiences (and expectations), and you have allowed them to apply those financial realities to the game with your work. Thanks again.
Test Subject
#40 Old 1st Mar 2013 at 7:38 AM
Originally Posted by Madam Doofie
Open the mod in S3PE, open the XML in notepad, find "<Basepay>" and change the numbers. For example change <BasePay>2</BasePay> to </BasePay>23</BasePay>

It's not difficult at all and it works for custom careers too.

this mod is great! thank you for it and for telling us how to customize it
#41 Old 7th Mar 2013 at 9:14 PM
Does this work with the latest patch 1.50?
Test Subject
#42 Old 11th Mar 2013 at 9:29 PM
OH MY GOD!! I've spent the best part of three days trying to find the mod that was causing some of the rabbit holes in my home world to be unselectable and I finally found it!!! I've been putting mods in and out of my game one by one to see which one would cause the problem. It's taken me like fifty tries but this is definitely it, take it out of your game if you have University life, it needs to be updated.

SUCH a relief! haha :D
Test Subject
#43 Old 19th Mar 2013 at 9:55 PM
Please update this to the latest version D: - I really need it and I suppose others do to.
Test Subject
#44 Old 23rd Mar 2013 at 5:23 PM
When are you going to update this mod? Ever since i installed university i cant use the business, sports or criminal careers. I worked so hard on creating custom career earnings and i need this mod to work. It's my favorite mod, PLEASE HELP!
Test Subject
#45 Old 23rd Mar 2013 at 9:01 PM
Hey, just wanted to report an issue: this rendered my office buildings and stadiums completely unusable. I've got Uni, and have all the patches, so I think something's messing with this. Otherwise, I LOVED this mod.
Lab Assistant
#46 Old 24th Mar 2013 at 10:36 PM Last edited by sammonsim : 24th Mar 2013 at 10:48 PM.
Can I share with you guys the temp version of the mod I've been using, while waiting for this to be officially updated ? I love this mod too. <3

I would also love it if the creator adds an optional package to go with the NRaas custom careers. The only flaw with this mod for me is that those careers seem incredibly cheaty when they're the only ones that are not lowered. (plus I don't actually know how to change them myself... guess I was too lazy to find out. xD) So an addition for them would be awesome. I *think* it would be okay, but when in doubt, ask a mod, right? There's probably someone in chat who'd know.

Edit. Totally, totally posted this before I was done typing by mistake. Anyway, I think I'll share. I'd be sad without this mod, too. I don't remember having done anything different from the last version, so the new careers are normal earnings, but at least it is compatible with 1.50.
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar temp_lowercareerearnings.rar (34.4 KB, 49 downloads)
Description: made with patch 1.50

Intersecting modular stairs.
Test Subject
#47 Old 28th Mar 2013 at 3:42 AM
I have installed the mod like 15 times and it still glitches with my rabbit holes, ( i can't go in or work at them.) It worked the very first time and i went to change the earnings via sp3e and i has glitched ever since. i dont know what to do....
Test Subject
#48 Old 29th Mar 2013 at 8:41 PM Last edited by Zombie Chick : 29th Mar 2013 at 8:42 PM. Reason: adding info
I installed this and it worked for a while then I had the issue of sims going to work actions just...vanishing really. I uninstalled it and it works but now I miss the mod. I started having problems where sims are complaining saying they can't go in the buildings and though I'm not sure if it's related to this mod, you can fix it if you have nraas MC and just click the ground and go to object stats and there might be a thing that says rabbithole jig (for me it said there were 12 of them) I deleted them and I could go in. So whether or not that was related to this mod, I thought someone might find the info useful.

P.S. if you know why my sims "go to work" actions are vanishing with this mod installed and know a way to fix it please let me know. Thanks!
Test Subject
#49 Old 7th Apr 2013 at 7:31 PM
Update this please :/
Test Subject
#50 Old 8th Apr 2013 at 6:07 PM
I like it just for the simple fact that it makes the game more interesting. Once I get to a level 10 it gets way too easy to buy the best stuff and once I get all the best stuff and best house, then it gets boring and want to move on to the next Sim. But that is my perspective on this mod. Thanks for the mod
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