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Old 11-16-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Does anyone know the base salary for a overseas contracter (aviation) working overseas with the Army? I know the first base amount is tax free. I have a friend looking to do some work there.
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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Our people makes between $350,000 to $500,000. However a lot depends on the specific job skills and the specific location. It can alsi depend on who holds the contract. European companies tend to have a wider range of pay scales.

Lets say you have a job title for a US company stationed in Iraq in the Green Zone, you may get as much as $250,000 a year. The European company may pay $350,000 because they also tag onto the title added duties and expect you to go outside the Zone. A local company (in-country) may pay only $45,000 and they expect you to stand out their doing your job while cathing morters in you hand.

There are aslo critical need positions that can pay more than even highly skilled jobs just because its so difficlut to get people for those titles.

The downside is that contractors are under a lot of pressure to perform. In prior times, contractors were able to pay more because they really didn;t have to actually perform (spend money) on what they were being paid. That let them keep more in their pockets and spread some around to their "employees". We are also seeing less and less "no-bid" contracts where contractors were offerd a sum of money for a contract and nobody else was made aware of it. With the increase in bidding, the dynamics of what country gets the contracts is slowly changing. That means you may have to be hired by a foreign company to get a position and they may or may not pay above previous wages.

To get a specific answr, you need to communicate with a person familar with the wages and duties from the company presently doing this or similar work since its really all over the board and changes often.
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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A lot of money.
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Aren't we withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year?
Any contractors left would be on their own and subject to Iraqi law
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:39 AM
 
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Our people makes between $350,000 to $500,000.
Dang. I was there on two deployments as a contractor (aircraft maintenance) between 2003 and 2010 and the absolute best we could make for 12 hours a day and 7 days a week was 17k a month.
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Old 02-21-2017, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I met a guy who was leading one of the search teams looking for MWDs in Iraq (obviously a while ago). His qualifications were he spoke two languages common in he area. His pay $450,000. However, he quit. It was not worth it.
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Old 02-22-2017, 11:26 PM
 
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What do they use these "contractors" for? If the job they do pays that much, maybe army should just do it themselves.
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Old 02-23-2017, 12:14 AM
 
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What do they use these "contractors" for? If the job they do pays that much, maybe army should just do it themselves.
Probably for IED clearing or some other fun job where with a little luck your contract gets "canceled" before they have to pay you.
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Old 02-23-2017, 05:39 AM
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Having worked overseas for a few years, I have never heard of salaries in the 400s. I guess it was possible for very high in demand jobs, but salaries varied greatly depending on what one did. I know initial thread is about aviation though.
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Having worked overseas for a few years, I have never heard of salaries in the 400s. I guess it was possible for very high in demand jobs, but salaries varied greatly depending on what one did. I know initial thread is about aviation though.
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.
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