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atomicarcheologist

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« on: Jan 10, 2006, 04:06 »
What are the current pay rates for Jr Hp and Sr HP?  Other groups too may enter into discussion, but I am most interested in the HP grade pay.

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Re: Pay rates
« Reply #1 on: Jan 10, 2006, 09:13 »
This is a pretty loaded question, partner. This is like asking what a relief pitcher makes in the big leagues. It depends on the situation.

I think a safe bet to say is that a Sr. HP can make anywhere from $22 an hour plus $50 a day per diem to $30+ an hour with no per diem. There can be an extra $2-$4 an hour Health and Welfare bonus if you don't take a company's insurance package. There can be thousands of dollars in bonuses, if you stay somewhere for a certain amount of time. There are safe worker, and project completion bonuses. Once again, its all about what you let them type above the dotted line. I think you can take the numbers I gave you and find that they are pretty close to what you will see industry-wide.

Some people will make more and will brag about how much more they make than everyone else. Bottom line: Those are normally different circumstances and they might have known someone who "hooked them up" with that job. Those big money jobs are not the standard. Just a heads up before anyone decides this is where they want to get their feet wet.

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« Reply #2 on: Jan 11, 2006, 08:53 »
I would say Dave is about right.  You may get more toward the high end for a clearance, NRRPT or school.  Northern states more than southern states usually. but then you have to look at cost of living.

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 11, 2006, 08:58 »
i can't remember the last time i was getting 50 bucks a day in Diem..
the low end is like 80 a day (PV & Columbia)
Many plants in the NE pay 90-110 a day in Diem..
the pay is about what Dave said..Depending on all that other stuff & returnee blah blah.

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 12, 2006, 01:47 »
Thank you Dave Warren.  Those are the rates that I had ranged for Statutory employment.  Perhaps some people with knowledge of wages for the plant industry would respond?  Government grades are welcome too.  Those who admit to being coporate are welcome also.

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 13, 2006, 10:46 »
Thank you Dave Warren.  Those are the rates that I had ranged for Statutory employment.  Perhaps some people with knowledge of wages for the plant industry would respond?  Government grades are welcome too.  Those who admit to being coporate are welcome also.

Just prepare a salary survey and mail it to me.  I'll make an online version that everyone can use anonymously.  Then we can evaluate the statistics properly.
« Last Edit: Jan 13, 2006, 10:47 by Rennhack »

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« Reply #6 on: Jan 13, 2006, 01:25 »
As soon as I got a few props from my peeps, you cut me off.
Where's the love, Dawg?

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 13, 2006, 02:55 »
Hey Dave I noticed you are a Health Physics Specialist. I am a Health Physics Specialist for Shonka.  What are they suppose to make?  I guess thats why we have to anonymously post to the great and wonderful wizard of Nukeworker.  Mr. Renhack.  He can take these anonymously and come up with a good number.

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« Reply #8 on: Jan 13, 2006, 04:17 »
Dave, always gets the good jobs. But it still is the good old boys that stick together that look out for each other.

The pay rates stated by Dave are pretty much average.

PD is different at various locations.  Watch out for travel pay and paid holidays.  Some sites even pay vacation.

Check out everything befoe commiting.

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« Reply #9 on: Jan 19, 2006, 03:36 »
what's per diem?

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Re: Pay rates
« Reply #10 on: Jan 19, 2006, 03:49 »
what's per diem?

adv.
By the day; per day.
 
More of the definition here: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=per%20diem
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 19, 2006, 04:05 »
adv.
By the day; per day.

adj.
Reckoned on a daily basis; daily.
Paid by the day.

n. pl. per diems
An allowance for daily expenses.  <-----------------------------

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« Reply #12 on: Jan 19, 2006, 05:29 »
Maximum allowable per diem rates are established by the government (gsa.gov)...current average (total) for our business is $80 per day...you are allowed this to work away (usually greater than 50 miles) from your established home and is non taxable...this arrangement is only allowed for one year of continuous work at that job...there are additional relevant but minor details.

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« Reply #13 on: Jan 20, 2006, 08:04 »
Less than one year, not "one year".

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« Last Edit: Jan 20, 2006, 08:06 by Rennhack »

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Re: Pay rates
« Reply #15 on: Jan 20, 2006, 09:09 »
For a Sr. tech at Clinton, it's 28.00 and change with 90 a day. But you got to remember, your paying union dues.  That's about the best in the mid-west.

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« Reply #16 on: Jan 20, 2006, 09:29 »
Here is a dilemma for all our tax experts:

You are NOT getting per diem at a job site in Tennessee.
You work there for all of 2004.
You have a home in Indiana that you are still paying a mortgage on, and you are paying rent to live in Tennessee.
What can you write off?
What is eligible under "working away from home" deductions?
Anybody have an educated guess or a good tax person in Tennessee?
I think I have the answer, but it never hurts to get some input from my fellow highly-educated counterparts.

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Re: Pay rates
« Reply #17 on: Jan 20, 2006, 10:16 »
Sounds to me like your getting all your money back..

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« Reply #18 on: Jan 20, 2006, 11:05 »
Here is a dilemma for all our tax experts:

You are NOT getting per diem at a job site in Tennessee.
You work there for all of 2004.
You have a home in Indiana that you are still paying a mortgage on, and you are paying rent to live in Tennessee.
What can you write off?
What is eligible under "working away from home" deductions?
Anybody have an educated guess or a good tax person in Tennessee?
I think I have the answer, but it never hurts to get some input from my fellow highly-educated counterparts.

There are no legal tax deductions in your example.  If you were there less than a year, then you could claim 50% meals, and 100% lodging up to conus rates, plus travel.
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Re: Pay rates
« Reply #19 on: Jan 20, 2006, 01:02 »
So in other words, I need to find a good CPA.....(wink, wink)

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« Reply #20 on: Jan 20, 2006, 01:17 »
You can't declare yourself a resident of Tennessee if you have a home in Indiana unless you've actually done what most people do when they move:  fill out change of address, register to vote, get a TN license, those kinds of things. 

However, you can deduct certain expenses, such as your rent, etc, if you're not getting per diem on your taxes. 

You can go the cheap route and get Turbo Tax, which will explain what you can and can't take, or pay the fee and have someone do your taxes.  Some folks swear by H&R Block.  Others prefer to find a good CPA.  I'd recommend that once you have your tax information together, you find one sooner, rather than later.  The earlier you are, the better service you'll get.

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« Reply #21 on: Jan 20, 2006, 03:31 »
Dave,

PAY DE MAN.

I am in the same boat but at least I had 4 different states last year.

CT, PA, GA, NJ.

All the states want their share also.  CT is the worse.

Have a good day.


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« Reply #22 on: Jan 20, 2006, 04:54 »
You can't declare yourself a resident of Tennessee if you have a home in Indiana unless you've actually done what most people do when they move:  fill out change of address, register to vote, get a TN license, those kinds of things. 

However, you can deduct certain expenses, such as your rent, etc, if you're not getting per diem on your taxes. 

You can go the cheap route and get Turbo Tax, which will explain what you can and can't take, or pay the fee and have someone do your taxes.  Some folks swear by H&R Block.  Others prefer to find a good CPA.  I'd recommend that once you have your tax information together, you find one sooner, rather than later.  The earlier you are, the better service you'll get.

Not true for Dave, he stated he was there for ALL of 1 year (actually longer).  If you are on location for anything close to 1 year, you CAN NOT claim duplicate expences, no matter what.  TRUST ME.  I really, really, really know what I am talking about.

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Re: Pay rates
« Reply #23 on: Jan 21, 2006, 06:43 »
I thank all of you for your attention to this matter, but feel that it's time to resteer the topic back to the original.  I am interested in pay rates for HP techs.  The discussion of expenses is enlightening, but not on topic. 
The statutory (itinerant) employees have had their wages posted.  Are any others wishing to contribute?

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« Reply #24 on: Jan 23, 2006, 12:53 »
Dave, was the job considered contractor TEMP or perm assignment?
Those are the keys to the tax situation?  I have taken temp assignments longer than a year and get to deduct expenses.  You are just not allowed perdiam.  It comes down to the cost of doing business.

 


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