I'm trying to measure salaries in the US (I'm from the EU). I saw a telecomms company pay 15$ an hour for pole technicians (no, it's not *that* pole). Is that good or bad? Not for pole technicians, whatever they are, but overall.
$15/hr means roughly $30k/year, which puts you pretty squarely into lower middle class. You're not poor, but you're not making a ton of money, either.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
> 15$ an hour for pole technicians
Keep in mind that there's a 50% or more difference in cost of living between different areas of the U.S.
In the US, the median price is around $160,000. As most mortgage companies approve up to 2 times your income, a person making 15/hour (or ~30,000/year) would qualify for a $60,000.
Does anyone have a link to reliable cost of living figures comparing the different states / regions in the US? I've always been amazed by the differences between job ads in the bay area compared to those in the midwest etc.
U.S. Department of Labor
I would bet those pole technicians do quite a bit of overtime though. I had a guy from the energy company come out to my house the other day, said he had been on call for 29 days straight and said thats where he makes all of his money, being up late at night on call.
With the "cost-of-living" measurements, just keep in mind that most costs for normal people don't vary much geographically within the US. Retail goods are the same everywhere. Food doesn't vary much. Health care is flat. Entertainment flat enough to ignore. Cars are pretty much the same cost to buy and operate everywhere, with the exception of the minor overhead of insurance, until you compare with a dense urban area like NYC, at which point you don't own a car anyway.
not so lost
I think housing prices do vary very very much by state. What happens is that when you move from an expensive state to a cheaper one you don't downgrade the price of your home accordingly. You either buy a much bigger home or move into a much posher neighbourhood than you would have been able to afford if you hadn't moved.
"most costs for normal people don't vary much geographically within the US."
That's because you were drinking bud instead of redhook. Though they are the same company...
For me US$15/hour works out at a pretty good wage (about NZ$2500 after tax a month). That considering my living costs at the moment amount to us$344/month (rent and living costs).
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