Entry Rate: $19.36/hour
Full Rate: $21.52/hour
Machine Operator: $23.25 - $24.81/hourWelder Helper: $21.93/hour
Bridge Tender: $21.93/hour
Bridge Mechanic: $22.65/hour
Foreman: $22.71 - $25.53/hour
Track Inspector: $23.98 - $25.14/hour
Qualifications: High School diploma/GED; 18 years of age or older; Valid Driver's LicenseSeriously? These figures are higher than what many of my former MSW classmates make! And this is working in California!
Things like these are really starting to convince me that college is a ripoff, especially if you are a humanities/social science major. I mean, why bother wasting 4-8 years of your life and tens of thousands of dollars on a college degree when you could skip all of that and end up with the same salary? I suppose many social workers argue the importance of "quality of life", but honestly, where is quality of life when you're buried in debt, paid poorly, and work in one of the most stressful fields out there?
If I ever decide to leave social work, I guess I can always apply for a job with Amtrak...