A few weeks back a survey was posted in the Archaeo Field Techs Facebook group asking what people though a “fair” wage was. A total of 54 field techs responded to the survey and here is what they thought (note- not my survey):
(Note: responses frequently included a range of values. I used the lower value only)
Question 1: What do you think is a fair hourly wage for entry level, temporary field
technicians (e.g., supervised crew)?
Mode 15 (n=12)
Question 2: What do you think is a fair hourly wage for mid‐level, supervisory temporary
field technicians (e.g., lead field tech, crew chief)?
Mode 20 (n=11)
Question 3: What do you think is a fair hourly wage for senior temporary field technicians
(e.g., site supervisor)?
Mode 25 (n=8)
Question 4: What do you think is a fair hourly wage for temporary field technicians working
as construction site monitors (no supervisor onsite)?
Mode 18 (n=6)
Several respondents made comments instead of or in addition to rates. These include:
“… regionally plus $3.50/hr benefits in kind”
Federal wage standard for area
Plus per diem and travel time
Depends on experience
With B.A. and Field School
None of these numbers are very close to what I found people advertise rates for but that is to be expected as what one wants to get paid and what one does get paid are two different things. Anyways here are the numbers I have for what people are actually paid for field tech, crew chief, and site supervisor positions.