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this user is offline now  oldveteran    [Member Since: 01-28-2010] 02-03-2010 16:27:28
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Looking for information around the states on the pay rates for boom operators,would like info on 28-61 meter pay and cost of housing in your area.Also if you are union or not.
this user is offline now  txredman    [Member Since: 03-20-2009] 02-04-2010 06:45:57
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I'm in far north TX - worked in the DFW area since 2000 - for 28 to 61 meter you might get $15-$25/hr. You might could get $30 if you talk right. Housing out of the metroplex area is pretty cheap. If you don't mind driving 45 mins to work you could rent a house for $500-$600. There are a lot of houses around that you could buy pretty cheap that are in forclosure right now. Hope this helps you get an idea.
this user is offline now  oldveteran    [Member Since: 01-28-2010] 02-04-2010 06:51:11
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anybody from Chicago local 150, what is the rate over there?
this user is offline now  Boom Inspector    [Member Since: 07-27-2009] 02-04-2010 07:25:46
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this could turn into an interesting thread, since I travel all over I hear about operator rates alot and man do they differ in every location.From what I have heard the east coast pays very well IE:NYC/NJ/Philly area further south and midwest ya go the cheaper the rates. My guess is due to cheaper housing also ??
this user is offline now  txredman    [Member Since: 03-20-2009] 02-04-2010 07:37:14
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It's got my attention. My brother-in-law and father-in-law are in Iowa pumping and make more per hour than operators in Tx but it seems the pumps actually make less. Could be very interesting.…
this user is offline now  oldveteran    [Member Since: 01-28-2010] 02-04-2010 11:17:17
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It is amazing how not very many people can respond to a simple question, but bring up the subject of BRUNDAGE BONE and this place gets flooded,or someone accuses someone of not paying correctly and then they get accused of being an unsafe operator, I dont get it, what is the harm in telling what wages are?
this user is offline now  180 flyer    [Member Since: 08-08-2008] 02-04-2010 13:43:54
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Old Vet, what are you earning now? What area?
this user is offline now  pumpman73    [Member Since: 01-01-2010] 02-04-2010 13:55:36
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Well I work in DFW also and I get just under 20 and hr.  2 yrs ago I was in Vegas making 41 an hr.  The difference between union and non-union.
this user is offline now  rick5z    [Member Since: 03-24-2009] 02-04-2010 15:46:09
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im in philly area local 542 oe hall heavy hwy rates are 40.46 hr but good luck getting in right now, non union rates should be around 20-27 depending on where you go
this user is offline now  Boom Inspector    [Member Since: 07-27-2009] 02-04-2010 16:57:02
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Nice Rick, I was just down in the philly area doing inspections , well King of Prussia but thats close enough. The union wages there are defiantly attractive for pump operators Ive heard.
this user is offline now  BUCKY    [Member Since: 09-08-2006] 02-04-2010 20:00:03
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Well I worked in Knoxville Tennessee I started out on a line pump making $14.00 ph I worked there for 8 years and left the company running everything from a 55 meter down... I was making 22.00 ph at that time. We were a union company "local 917". For that area that was astronomical money. I knew people that ran heavy equipment for 20 years and were topped out with there company at around $15 ph. The last year I ran pump there my tax lady at H&R block said I really don't wanna ask but I have two questions for you? "What do you do and how do I get my husband into it?" I just laughed. So then I took a job in colorado and I was making $24 ph running a 39 meter for a non union company. The cost of living was much much higher and I was one of the highest paid guys working for that company. I'm not boasting about what I make and I normally don't talk about it. But I just wanted to be honest!!!
this user is offline now  Boom Out    [Member Since: 12-16-2006] 02-04-2010 21:08:15
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this user is offline now  oldveteran    [Member Since: 01-28-2010] 02-04-2010 06:51:11 reply | profile | send pm
anybody from Chicago local 150, what is the rate over there?

 

I'm in 150, but I run a conveyor.  I'm not sure if scale is the same for the pump guys, but we're at $45.10 an hour. Work is very slow these days though.

this user is offline now  oldveteran    [Member Since: 01-28-2010] 02-05-2010 06:56:03
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180flyer, I'm in N. California rates vary from about $26.to $35.pr. hr. but housing is very expensive on the average $500,000., what are some of the housing cost in other areas
this user is offline now  Telealbelt    [Member Since: 12-31-1969] 02-05-2010 12:06:20
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IUOE is $27 plus $12 for benifits.  Downside is there has been very little work and lots of non union competition. 

this user is offline now  Boom Inspector    [Member Since: 07-27-2009] 02-05-2010 20:06:21
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damn, some area's are pretty nice as far as wages go for pump operators.Some of you fellas make more than alot of college "edumacated" people . LOL  Anything over $20/hr is pretty exceptional .

 But I will say one thing you men and women earn every dollar you can get paid for , operating boom pumps takes guts and grit and its not for the faint of heart for sure.

this user is offline now  oldveteran    [Member Since: 01-28-2010] 02-06-2010 08:02:57
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It is not the wages that can make you a good living it is wages versus housing cost.With guys making $45. pr.hr. and housing at $200,000. to $300,000. that is a good living versus $35. pr. hr. and housing at $500,000.
this user is offline now  Justapumper    [Member Since: 12-31-1969] 02-08-2010 15:37:18
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 Well Arizona union scale is $25.24 to start but, Im not sure what the big stick guys get. The company I work for has no terrorbelts. In Phx Im not sure on housing costs but, I know rent varies greatly depending on where you live. Up in the Flagstaff area rent is high on par with Cali actually and, so are the land prices. We are slow as well. Im not sure about Phx or Tuscon though business wise. 
this user is offline now  lari    [Member Since: 09-13-2008] 02-10-2010 17:44:56
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in quebec canada all pumpe opp are union and pay is 31.00 per hour over 41m 1.50 less for smaller booms and a nice house is 300 000 and lower
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