I am 27 years old and am looking at making a career move into the financial advisor world. I know of a few folks that work for Edward Jones and they seem to like it (I am aware of the hatred for EJ on this forum). My questions mostly are around the level of security needed before accepting a position. I understand that there is a base salary in year one. What is the average base salary? Is it paid out over the course of 10 weeks, 4 months, spread out over the entire year, or some other term? Also, what is the average amount someone can expect to make in their first two years? I would be leaving a job that is currently paying me $65k per year. I could get by without any undo stress at $50k per year. If I need to be 'taking home' $1300 every two weeks then how much should I plan on having in an emergency fund before starting this career? Can I get by without one? Is $10k enough? Basically I want to make sure I have things in order so I don't put my family in a position that we could lose the house or something drastic if things hit a snag. Obviously I will be going into this with expecting success, but I want to make sure I am also planning for the worst.Thanks in advance for any help. Also, thanks in advance for all the witty comments that I am sure will follow.