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Labor jobs that pay well

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Location: Southern California

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Hey everybody I'm new to this forum, I joined because I'm looking for much-needed help and people seemed pretty educated here =).

Basically I'm looking for information on employment opportunities for HARD-labor jobs that offer high pay and many overtime hours. By hard-labor I mean any kind of labor, and by many hours I mean the more the better (I'm willing to work 12 hour days, 7 days a week).

I've read several posts about people who have made over $100, 000 (in some cases over $200, 000) in a year, their first year of working in the field. Some of these jobs included working on oil rigs, with drilling companies, etc.

ABOUT MYSELF: I'm 20 years old, fairly strong (6'4'', 240 lbs), and am looking to go "all-out" and for a year or two looking to revolve my life around this job. For past work experience, I've worked in sales, IT and Ecommerce departments and have a high-school diploma and some college credits. Perfect record, no drugs/alchohol.

To some it all up, I'm looking for the MOST PROFITABLE labor job, regardless of comfort, stress. I want to return to California with several hundred thousand dollars, and in top physical condition from the job. Any advice of where to go or who to call to get hired is very appreciated, and anyone's past labor experiences are also appreciated!

Thanks, Darron

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Originally Posted by a1231212

20 years old, fairly strong (6'4'', 240 lbs)
looking for ... HARD-labor jobs that offer high pay
willing to work 12 hour days, 7 days a week

How about 60hrs (6-10's) per week for three weeks; and then the 4th week off...
That's 42w x 40h RT hrs (1680@X) +42w x 18h OT hrs (756@1.5X)
= 2814 payroll hours @$X per hour (follow that math?)

And yeah, you'll need that 4th week off.

I've read several posts about people who have made over $100, 000
(in some cases over $200, 000) in a year, their first year of working in the field.


Laborers, even on prevailing wage and hard to find warm body jobs, won't be getting all that much.
But for fun... lets say $25.00 per hour. OK?

Where does that put you? 2814 x $25 = $70, 350 (Gross)
Not bad for operating a shovel.

Some of these jobs included working on oil rigs, with drilling companies, etc.

OK. Bump the generous allowance described above some more:
$100, 000 (/2814) = $35.53 per hour
$200, 000 (/2814) = $71.07 per hour

Maybe? Not likely.
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SKILLED labor jobs that will be in the $35-70 (or more range)
but require YEARS of hard earned experience to get those rates.

It's doable though.
Here's one start point: NJATC Landing Page

Good luck.

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Without a week off? Are you sure you know what you are getting yourself into?

Location: The State Of California

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Originally Posted by Caldus Yes, I'm ready to take on the challenge. I was a 4-year varsity athlete (tennis) and have the physical stature for a demanding job

Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan

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Labor jobs are not going to afford a decent lifestyle. Even on oil rigs, roustabouts aren't all that well paid. In every profession, it's the SKILLED labor guys that make the bacon. The kicker is you generally start out in general labor and show the boss your worth the extra bacon, and they train you into a skilled labor position. It takes years to learn the skills in most cases, consider 4 to be average. After you have the necessary skills and you can work independently, and perhaps train others, you start earning good money. 100K is definitely within reach for a well trained skilled tradesmen, especially if he manages others. However, it can be very stressful and carries an extraordinary amount of responsibility. Also, the hours can be intense in good times. Even now, the guys worth the money are working plenty of hours. 70-80 hours a week is very common.

And union unskilled labor doesn't pay as well as people think. $14 an hour used to be the starting wage, but last I checked, the old union job I had is starting unskilled labor at $12. Even if you worked all the overtime available, your not making all that much. Pick a trade, pursue it, take it seriously, and you may be worth 100K someday, but not today, sorry

Originally Posted by a1231212

Thank you for the info =). I looked up the NJATC, Halliburton and SAIC. Do any jobs in these companies allow you to work essentially as much as you would like? I have a buddy who does logging in Hawaii and is allowed to work up to 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. I'm looking for something like that, preferably without a week or two off.

I'm sure that money sounds nice, and certainly it is... But those kinds of hours get old quick. After a year or two, most people come to the conclusion that the money just isn't worth. I've taken lower paying jobs for more work/life balance, and never regretted it. Learn to live on what you earn, and if the money isn't right, learn how to maximize the value of your time by offering something of greater value. Again, learning a skill.
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Location: North Carolina

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Originally Posted by a1231212

Yes, I'm ready to take on the challenge. I was a 4-year varsity athlete (tennis) and have the physical stature for a demanding job

Tennis athlete? You may want to consider your mental capabilities for this type of job rather than the physical.

By mental capabilities, I mean can you handle doing the same demanding, repetitive task over and over and over again. Think about this before you sign on for this "hard labor" you desire.

This type of work can pay great, but also can be absolutely mind numbing. Make sure you mind can handle this type of work.

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