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    the forbidden dance!

    OK, quick question, should be easy but know it won't be.

    across the board ... how much can a locator make?

    am in process of applying, haven't got to discussing money yet.

    what's realistic? Any real wide ballpark estimates anyone would feel free to throw out?

    obviously will need to know "starting rates" and should find out soon enough.

    but looking down the road, what are some real world yearly figures?

    Thanks in advance.

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    expect no more than 13.00 an hour to start and expect to stay at that rate for a long while. find an in house locating job and expect much much more.

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    Default Re: money ....

    Depends if you are a noob or have experience. $12 to $20

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    i guess it also depends on what part of the country you are in too. up to 20.00 with experience? what company pays people that much? i have almost 6 years exp in locating communication(fiber, phone) 2 minor damages whole time. safe driver never called in never slacked off and still only was at 14 an hour before i left do to the usic cus merger bs.

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    Washington, Oregon, California, New York have places like that. It is also a big factor as to whether or not you live in an area/state that has a higher cost of living.

    If you live in Southern Cali or New York where cost of living is very high you can expect upwards towards $20 (with experience of course) to even higher than $20/hr. But if you relocate to say Tennessee where the cost of living is MUCH lower... expect your pay to reflect the same.

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    chiz i was a chicago/land locator and never made that much

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    I think the pay depends on what type of company your sloshing paint for. Contract locating companies should be around 12-20, more emphasis on the lower end of that spectrum.

    Private locates should be anywhere from 15-25.

    And In house utility Locators can be from 15-30 depending on years.

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    tell me who pays what and where what company locating communication(fiber, telephone) and ill look into moving there because here sucks mostly only usic and i do not want to do 4 way locates for 13.00 an hour

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiberlocator99 View Post
    tell me who pays what and where what company locating communication(fiber, telephone) and ill look into moving there because here sucks mostly only usic and i do not want to do 4 way locates for 13.00 an hour
    ditto !!!

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    $19 In the south

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    around here (northeast) it varies depending on experience. I know guys that make close to $30 an hour most guys around here with 7+ years experience make 20+ starting wages are the same as above around $13.... you will pretty much have to jump ship a few times to get more money quickly
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    Ad was for USIC. Found a similar ad in another locale that listed $12.50/hr. Considering a career switch, and realize I don't have enough info to ask intelligent questions, so I do appreciate the info given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    across the board ... how much can a locator make?

    am in process of applying, haven't got to discussing money yet.
    Hey qwerty - I wish you only the best on your quest to be a locator. Throw out a figure of $14.75 and see what happens.

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    Default Re: money ....

    This brought to mind the security company I worked for, before I started locating.

    They always advertised the job as "Possibly making $20+ an hour depending on experience" and when we get a flood of applications, we wouldn't be able to afford the good guards, so we would dredge the bottom of the applications, and pay them 25cents more than minimum and tell them it was because they didn't have enough experience.

    The hilarious thing, no one in that company made $20 an hour except the owner, who made that even if he didn't do any guard duty.

    I had nothing to do with this hiring practice, I unfortunately had to train the winners that were too intellectually deprived to realize they made a poor choice.

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