It's not very much of a raise in terms of actual cash, but I guess that's all right since my salary in terms of actual cash was already pretty satisfying to me before. I've been spending this evening reading through the benefits. They seem to be rather extensive: things like full tuition reimbursement for up to $5,000 per calendar year if I were to go back to college in the evenings, mass transit discounts, car/home/rental insurance discounts, adoption assistance, fertility treatments, day care assistance (employers in education-related fields seem to really like their employees to have children . . .), free career/relationship/miscellaneous counseling, discounted legal/financial advice, substance abuse rehabilitation, extremely extensive mental health care coverage, a credit union I'd never previously heard of . . . not that I'm particularly likely to use a single one of these things, ever. But it also provides the basics: a perfectly respectable choice of health care plans, a pension plan that I get enrolled in after one year and vested in after five years, and a 401(k) plan that I can enroll in immediately. Those are things I will use.
Actually, the tuition reimbursement thing is a tiny bit tempting. Not a whole lot tempting, but a tiny bit. I don't feel like I need any further education for the sake of job advancement, but further education for the sake of my own entertainment might be vaguely appealing. Or not. The structuredness of formal education repels me at the same time that it mildly appeals to me. I could take classes in creative writing, which would just be more of the same that I took as an undergrad, but which would provide me with deadlines I'd need to write for. Or I could take classes in random wildly different subjects that I never took as an undergrad, just for the sake of finding out what they're like. Who knows? Too bad there aren't likely to be any classes available in my major non-literary interests, such as Queer by Choice Issues, Militant Atheism, How to Cohabit with a Crazed Feline Fluffball, or even Landscape Design with California Native Plants.
I did read two things online this evening that were interesting and vaguely educational: "The Height Gap" by Burkhard Bilger and (via heron61) "Red Family, Blue Family" by Doug Muder. I'm not sure quite what to make of either of them at the moment, but I find them both thought-provoking and well worth reading.