The pay stub is from Tek Systems and was for cell site work as auditor and trainer of contractors. This was for my biggest week ever, as I worked 108 hours. I had to do it because of upper-level mismanagement. The gross of $5056 didn’t include the 10% completion bonus, which I get at the end of the contract. That comes to $5561 plus mileage.
I drove 656 miles that week @ the Federally allowed rate of $.55 a mile. Over those years, my Camry cost me only $.25 a mile, leaving me 30 cents a mile profit. That came to almost $200 of profit, but that is expense money and isn’t taxed. I just love that expense money profit. AT&T paid for that car three times.
Notice that the withholding was $2283. That was more than the average income for a month for a family of 4. I would never have worked that many hours if I had had a choice.
Each day was a grouping of two stints of work. I was managing my day crew, then catching a few hours of sleep, going out to do the alarm wiring work that can only be done at night. Taking a cell site off of the air can only be done at night when customers should be sleeping. Since I was away from home, often I didn’t have time to also drive home for only a few hours of sleep. I slept in my Camry. That many hours actually made me a bit sick from exhaustion and lack of sleep.
My usual week was about 1/2 that much pay, as you will see from the Tek Systems letter to immigration. It documents my pay for 11 months. I had to prove that we could afford to feed our exchange student. We managed.
Over the years I had put in some time with nearly all of the major wireless phone providers. I preferred AT&T because they had the worst management and that meant great pay due to great overtime.
I really liked cell site work, as it used some of my radio experience learned from my hobby of Ham Radio.
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