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Old 07-13-2008, 08:21 PM
 
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Hey out there - can anyone give advice please? If you are in the home remodeling & construction business I have a question for you. I was offered a job, I"m trying to relocate from Boston, and I want to know if $15 an hour is typical pay for that area. (Boston's is much more but then again cost of living is higher too I guess.) Oh yeah, I have 11 yrs of experience in my trade too. What do you think?
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hammer head
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:39 AM
 
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$15 an hour is very good for this area when starting out. My fiance does the same type of work.. not as much experience.. but he has a hard time finding anything that starts over 10 an hour.. i say go for it!!
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:09 AM
 
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Thanks KBsimmons. That's helpful. Please clarify though - do you mean 'beginner' or 'novice' when you say 'starting out'? I was assuming with 11yrs experience I should be offered more than someone just starting out in this field. Is that what they offer someone with experience?
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:09 PM
 
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I'm sure that once they "see" your experience and dedication, you will move up in pay. Too many B.S. their way into the door and don't produce.
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:46 PM
 
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That calculates to about $31K a year, which is decent. One of the local papers here said the average in HR is about $33,000, so I'd say it's okay.

I agree that $15/hr. is very good around here, if not rare.
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:51 PM
 
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I mean starting out as in getting into a buisness. I do agree that you could possibly get a pay raise sooner than average. like i said before.. Go for it!!
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:54 AM
 
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I would go for it. I think that you are probably worth more than that, but aren't most of us worth more than we are paid *rolls eyes*? As someone mentioned, in jobs like this, there are a lot of BS'ers who think it'll be fun and don't realize the implications of it and how much work it is. I would say go for it and then try to get your raise when you start producing the end result. On a side note, why are you leaving Beantown? Cheers! :-)
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:01 AM
 
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I would go for it. I think that you are probably worth more than that, but aren't most of us worth more than we are paid *rolls eyes*? As someone mentioned, in jobs like this, there are a lot of BS'ers who think it'll be fun and don't realize the implications of it and how much work it is. I would say go for it and then try to get your raise when you start producing the end result. On a side note, why are you leaving Beantown? Cheers! :-)
Hey thanks for the encouragement. That's helpful to think about. I'm looking to leave Red Sox nation b/c of high housing prices, long cold snow-filled winters, and in general - a new adventure! (Life is too short to live in one place. There's too much of God's green earth to see and explore)
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:05 AM
 
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Hey thanks for the encouragement. That's helpful to think about. I'm looking to leave Red Sox nation b/c of high housing prices, long cold snow-filled winters, and in general - a new adventure! (Life is too short to live in one place. There's too much of God's green earth to see and explore)
My spouse is from RS country as well. At first, he started out what he made working at a job for 22 years and thought it was not equivalent til the cost of living set in, which is lower than MA. Course, he met me and is a happy lil' camper, advanced very quickly in the 8 years of living here and would have never gotten that in MA.
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