maybe there are some HR people in here too.. I got a job offer today, it's an hourly position, but they made the offer in salary form, XX,XXX a year. Now, my current job they say my salary is XX,XXX but my actual in the envelope before taxes pay is XX,XXX minus about 5 grand which they account for in taxes paid on my behalf, insurance etc... so I forgot to ask the guy today what my actual hourly wage is, because if he calculates it as my current employer does, my pay goes up about 400 a month, but my cost of living approx. 700/month, not such a hot deal. my old man swears up and down he's never had a job pitch him a salary and then find out the "in the envelope" pay as he puts it is less. so, is this common or not?