Originally Posted by cyberfx1024
It is not uncommon to see people in the 2's and the 3's but rarely if ever the 4's. Maybe during the good years in Iraq in the early 2000's but certainly not in the last almost 10 years. The most I ever made was $120k, and I could have made more at other companies but I liked my vacation time so I stuck with the company I was with.
I did not read the last sentence until after I wrote my paragraph above. But I did met and had a nice long conversation with pilot contractor in Kandahar one day waiting for the ATM. He said he made $25k a month to fly planes in Afghanistan, while he would have a maybe $50k a year starting out at a regional airline in the states.
Yup. The 2s and 3s make more sense. Security related positions, static and PSD did have quite a big gap, with obviously PSD and some training positions being either close to or over 200k. All depended on the contract, company, etc. as well as country. I know the OP posted about Iraq, but Afghanistan, some countries in Africa, etc. that I have had the pleasure of 'visiting' also paid really well (depending on what one did of course). Like you have mentioned too, "the good years." Definitely not the same nowadays, be it pay as well as tax regulations applicable to those working overseas.