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  1. #1
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    What salary can I expect as an apprentice?

    I filled out an application yesterday and had NO clue what hourly wage to ask for. I figure I need $12 or close to it just to pay my basic bills (rent, electric, car stuff, food...). But I also don't want to be turned down for asking for too much especially since I have NO experience, but if I pass my EPA exam Monday, I'll at least have that under my belt. I live just north east of Philadelphia. Any pointers when I fill out more applications in what to ask for without seeming to be greedy or out in left field or under cutting my abilities?

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    First off, they don't care "what you need". But count on getting a little more than minimum wage. Then you get to buy all your tools.

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    my first job hired me at 13hr, but then again im in california, and it was a commercial and refrigeration company. 12 is not bad, after three months you should get another dollar or two. if there is any advice i can give you is to be very neat and organized with paperwork, if you have shiatty paperwork then you will get less work, just wait and see.

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    Check out the union aprenticeship program. Starts at better than your looking for. http://lu420.org/apprenticeship.asp
    Your poor planning does not constitute an emergency on my part!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by absrbrtek View Post
    Check out the union aprenticeship program. Starts at better than your looking for. http://lu420.org/apprenticeship.asp

    Ditto.


    Failing that, $12.00 /hr is about what the open (non-union) shops are hiring guys off the street for. Unless it's a resi shop.....then it's more like $8 to $10.00 /hr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bustawrench1 View Post
    Ditto.


    Failing that, $12.00 /hr is about what the open (non-union) shops are hiring guys off the street for. Unless it's a resi shop.....then it's more like $8 to $10.00 /hr.

    Yeah I said that "abs is right on thread 1, it's a moot point as this guy probably has no real interest in becoming an apprentice, check his profile .


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    This discussion is a waste of time, and you other two guys are preaching to the choir...sheesh ...............

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    @refer guy where did you go for school in California

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Cool View Post
    First off, they don't care "what you need". But count on getting a little more than minimum wage. Then you get to buy all your tools.
    YEAH THAT IS ABOUT RIGHT!
    UNLESS YOU ARE UNION.

    THIS TRADE THE PAYBACKS TAKE A WHILE.
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

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    just taking a quick look roscoe moust be an owner or something like that going on how much it cost to train.

    Don't go in selling your self short because you are going to get trained you will be disappointed.

    You are going to be a slave and companies are going to bill you out and make money. Get what you need to live of go somewhere else, life is too short to suffer for someone else!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolestacman View Post
    just taking a quick look roscoe moust be an owner or something like that going on how much it cost to train.

    Don't go in selling your self short because you are going to get trained you will be disappointed.

    You are going to be a slave and companies are going to bill you out and make money. Get what you need to live of go somewhere else, life is too short to suffer for someone else!!!!!!!!



    Slave..slave?

    Real nice attitude sport.

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    Yep and it works

    How many companies are not billling out their apprentices???

    Not too many.

    This site and life is full of guys that bust theirs butts for the companies and then when it slows down they are laid off. I have heard it a thousand times " I worked so hard and I thought they appreciated it " well the man does as he fills his pockets.

    Take care of yourself because no one else will.

    One last thing when you are swallowing pride if you have to wipe your chin it might not have been pride.

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    You might be better under cutting yourself then coming off looking greedy. If you do start off low, just prove yourself by willing to help whatever and whenever, then ask the boss for more money. If they say no the atleast you got some exp out off it. Good luck

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    I know this is hard for you guys to understand , but you cost a small fortune to train. You should think of it as you are getting paid to learn. Basically the employer is paying for your college education, you need to look at it like what's in it for them, there are no other industries, companies or jobs that pay for basic education..........period........

    Now that being said we need hard working intelligent young men and women to learn this trade, but from our perspective we are paying you to learn a trade that pays well today and will continue to in the future. You are an investment if we think you will stay and make the company money, {Which doesn't happen until 5 plus years}.

    If you think you re making us money, not knowing anything and just doing manual labor, hell we can hire Emanuel for less money and get rid of him and hire his little brother in a couple of years....Figure it out......!

    The EPA don't mean sheeit to an employer at your level. What you need to make doesn't factor into it at all as far as we're concerned.

    If you show up and work [ and you're not an *******] you will never be out of work. You will always make a good living.

    If you want to get rich play the lottery.

    You're worth between 10 and 12 dollars an hours to start in this area, if you are drug free, responsible and show up everyday can read and are willing to educate yourself, maybe a little more but you'd have to prove that first.

    Maybe We should talk, If I can and you deserve it I'll do what I can to help. We are located in E. Mont. Co............

    Abs is right but 420 will not take new apprentices unless you have a sponsor, another words chances are slim for you getting into local 420..........I know alot of contractors in this area both union and non union...........lets just see where the conversation goes for a couple a days first.

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