I am hiring another service tech in the next week or two, business is booming. I have been trying to come to a salary range agreement with those in my company that decide these things. I feel a service tech should make more per hour than the construction guys. The people in charge think we should all make the same, with a few standouts making more. Two part questions ; Should service guy make more? If so, how much more % wise, no hard numbers needed. How much more % should I make as the foreman / coordinator? I feel 20% more than highest paid guy under my supervision is fair.
I did service work for several years for a decent sized contractor.
I was actually paid less per hour than the construction guys but made more than the GFs just due to the fact that I was paid strictly on ticket time. I could easily bill out 10 or more hours per day working only 8 hours and always had a way to make some OT if I wanted it.
Also, we were on rotating on call, paid a stipend to be on call, plenty of calls on double time days.
Back them I only had my wife's car and insurance to pay for, my van was all I needed to get me around.
With that said, a young Journeyman, maybe mid to late 20s to late 30s, organized, clean cut and motivated were really good at maximizing jobs.
We had one guy, a bit older and smartest guy in the room
, that thought he's was doing a good job knocking out 6 or 8 jobs a day. It takes x amount of dollars to bring in a call and manage it, no doubt knocking out calls like that was costing the shop lots of $$