Wait a minute.
"Base salary of gate and F/A at 65k a year "? (orig post)
I've seen, not recently, some contracts that had ramp agents maxing out at $29.76 an hour.
Lets see where I'm screwing this up.
65,000 a year divided by 12 mo equals 5416.66 a month or divided again by 173.3, which is our payroll depts figure for avg annual monthly hours, equals $31.25 per hour. Then its mentions rampers maxing out at $29.76 per hour. Lets reverse that formula 29.76 x 173.3 = 5157.40 a month or 61,889 a year. OK
so that's in the same ballpark as the others and averages 30.50.
Next was the story about the Eastern rampers making 70k in the 70s
(?) That's 33.60 per hour 30+ years ago. What the H--- am I doing wrong? I've topped out at a Legacy carrier a long time ago and we do not have any concessionary contract (yet, but will) so remain one of the highest paid and my base pay is 20.20 an hour and has been for quite a while. That's 3,500 a month or 42,000 a year.
I'm getting screwed out of an average, using the first figures of 65,000 and 61,889, of $21,444 bucks a year. That's 1/3 less pay. Tell me why?
Someone may have the wrong figures. Ya Think?
Now I'll tell you all a deep dark secret. Most of us actually do count ourselves darn lucky to have these wages and a passable portion of us who started at $2.10 an hr have been around long enough to appreciate it even more. And (shhhh) some (OK, a couple) actually admit after a few beers that it's been a good ride and know that the KSAs the poster is writing about are probably begrudingly true.
An awful lot of us, like the public contact and support people, know that those swarms that show up for the $8.00 a hour jobs we vacated have crap conditions in comparison like no 40 hour week, no minimum hours, split shifts that consume a whole day for an ever changing 7 hour job to name a few. We also know that the number of them that complete a month after seeing the New Reality is staggeringly few and cost the employers a bundle in never ending training so that suffers to save costs.
We also notice how many of these that do stay are the ones that a year ago were making $20.00 a hour for a scaled back or bankrupt company. They are old enough to have had families and gotten in debt to support a life style - just like the companies that can no longer afford to keep them
so they have to stay.
That said it must be acknowledged that it's obvious middle w
aged Americans are loosing ground fast. Prices are rising faster than in the last 20 odd years but wages are not. So who among us is going to go down without a whimper?
I would have loved to have answered this post with a very simple one liner. 'Pay is too high when the payer can't afford it' but understanding is needed. The poster has seen both sides and I honestly congratulate them for their attempt to get another honest answer. So, I'll have to change my one liner. It's now "When you just can't get any more"