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Old 03-30-2012, 03:24 PM   #1
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Default Prevailing wage. Really?

I'm a journeyman electrician in San Francisco. I know my shop isn't union, but I was originally happy with my wage. Then I looked up prevailing wages in this county, the base pay is $53/hr, plus benefits.

I honestly can't see this as realistic, I would love to make a six figure salary as a wireman, but have not met many who do.

So am I getting ripped off or should I just be happy I have full time work?

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:54 PM   #2
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We don't know. How much do you make and what benefits do you have? Can you afford to live there, own a house (buying) have 2.3 kids and 3 cars?

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I'm a journeyman electrician in San Francisco. I know my shop isn't union, but I was originally happy with my wage. Then I looked up prevailing wages in this county, the base pay is $53/hr, plus benefits.

I honestly can't see this as realistic, I would love to make a six figure salary as a wireman, but have not met many who do.

So am I getting ripped off or should I just be happy I have full time work?

Ripped off......I made 130k in 2010 and only worked 10 months....
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Ripped off......I made 130k in 2010 and only worked 10 months....

Last year was quite the different story but it was the worst its been in 30 plus years....
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Ripped off......I made 130k in 2010 and only worked 10 months....
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Last year was quite the different story but it was the worst its been in 30 plus years....
So if you take last year and add it to this year and divide by 2, you made what the OP made
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Ripped off......I made 130k in 2010 and only worked 10 months....

IN MY OPINION It is not proper to discuss pay.

I would NEVER disclose on line or in person what I make.
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So if you take last year and add it to this year and divide by 2, you made what the OP made

But I got much better at golf....
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IN MY OPINION It is not proper to discuss pay.

I would NEVER disclose on line or in person what I make.

That was just my night job Brian....
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I agree...I made just over 50k in 6 months doing electrical work this yr. The non union contractors know where the union contractors are at as far as wages go...they just stay a little below, pay their men a little less, tell their employees how lucky they are to have a job in this economy (union shops are doing this too), cut a few corners such as, cell phones, tools, material hauling in your personal vehicle, tool replacement, overtime pay, and bennies. You get what you think is good they keep the rest! Kind of smart thinking if you ask me. They have cabins,trips and toys....and you and your fellow sparkys fight over the crumbs. This is fact....I've been on both sides....
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IN MY OPINION It is not proper to discuss pay.

I would NEVER disclose on line or in person what I make.
You probably don't pay your guys that much.....
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IN MY OPINION It is not proper to discuss pay.

I would NEVER disclose on line or in person what I make.

How can you not discuss pay on a thread about if wages are fair or not?
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How can you not discuss pay on a thread about if wages are fair or not?

Because Brian is a have and not a have not...They look at things differently in his circles....Plus, he doesn't want one of his guys seeing this and say "WTF" you've only been paying me 20 bucks an hour and no overtime pay....
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Because Brian is a have and not a have not...They look at things differently in his circles....Plus, he doesn't want one of his guys seeing this and say "WTF" you've only been paying me 20 bucks an hour and no overtime pay....
Hey, if he can get away with it.....and he has employees with their heads in the sand, good for him. I'm sure all his employees get a yrs. membership to the jelly of the month club for Xmas.
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But I got much better at golf....
That is one of the best comebacks I have yet to see on this forum.
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Hey, if he can get away with it.....and he has employees with their heads in the sand, good for him. I'm sure all his employees get a yrs. membership to the jelly of the month club for Xmas.
.....his employees are union, everything is spelled out in black and white they way it should be.
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Because Brian is a have and not a have not...They look at things differently in his circles....Plus, he doesn't want one of his guys seeing this and say "WTF" you've only been paying me 20 bucks an hour and no overtime pay....
I have looked at the scale in San Fran a few year back and ir =t was quite a few dollars better than Local 26's wages.

As For my pay, it allowed my to pay off the double wide in 30 years!
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.....his employees are union, everything is spelled out in black and white they way it should be.

Roger that! I guess I wasn't speaking directly to Brian....I know he is a Union contractor..but tell us Brian...would you pay your guys less and keep all #'s the same if you could? This is an honest ?

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I have looked at the scale in San Fran a few year back and ir =t was quite a few dollars better than Local 26's wages.

As For my pay, it allowed my to pay off the double wide in 30 years!
Satisfiying isn't it?
Pay off the doublewide just as it is time to replace it!
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IN MY OPINION It is not proper to discuss pay.

I would NEVER disclose on line or in person what I make.
I gotta agree my mother always said 3 things not to discuss in polite conversation salary, religion, and politics.
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I gotta agree my mother always said 3 things not to discuss in polite conversation salary, religion, and politics.
I agree with your mother, however this site is far from polite!

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