Rohan, I was curious, do you have a listing of the salary ranges of the factions? Or what you base this on. I ask because that seems a little high for a starting salary, and a very narrow band as well.
Xanthar, Starting shouldn't really be a reason or even a strong consideration in choosing a faction. You should consider what type of job they will have you doing. And how much help you will have starting out. Money will come to you in time. I have read that there are some factions with very happy and active members that do not pay their members at all.
One thing to consider; no matter what else you do; you essentially can get 900 credits for every day of activity just by collecting your CPs and converting them to credits. Save them and buy a LP and get 4 times that amount (when you sell the ship), or a YT-1210 and get 25 times. So you can earn 27k, 106k, or even 150k a month for doing nothing but collecting CP's daily.
Yes this is OOC income that you are converting to IC income. However, the point is, when a faction gives me a ship to fly, options to purchase what they produce at a substantial discount and I have no expenses what so ever, I don't need a very large salary. Building a couple million in asset (all paid in full) in just a couple months on 50k a month is not doing to bad. Note that is below the range for starting pay Rohan quoted.
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