Oldfield EMT pay is ridiocouls.

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  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    I hear the average EMT(Advanced Care Paramedic) in the United States makes $ 6.00 - $11.00 an hour. There's a job in Calgary Alberta it's a oil field looking for EMT, and the pay is $550.00 a day, 40 hours a week.

    What do you think?
     
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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  3. lbro macrumors 6502a

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    Out in the oilfield you're far away from civilization.
     
  4. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    $1.4 Million a year I would for sure do it!
     
  5. lbro macrumors 6502a

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    Why did you go from 550 a day to 1.4 million a year?
     
  6. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Lol late night. I must have been think $550 an hour lol.
     
  7. Tower-Union macrumors 6502

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    Speaking as someone who lives in Alberta, I'd must remind you that living in camp in the oil field is NOT a pleasent experience... google Fort McMurray and you'll get a sense of what I'm talking about.
     
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Because maths are hard man!
     
  9. nadyne macrumors 6502a

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    ObDisclaimer: I'm an ex-medic. :)

    The US minimum wage is currently $7.25/hour, and several states have a higher minimum wage, so what you hear about EMT salaries has to be wrong. It's not like an EMT gets tips. ;) According to payscale.com, the hourly rate for an EMT is usually between $10 and $16 per hour.

    That said, while the hourly rate isn't that high, EMTs usually work more than 40 hours per week. I'd work 2 24-hour shifts back-to-back, so that's 8 hours of overtime just in those two days. While I was only making $8/hour, overtime would run that up pretty quickly to a good salary.
     
  10. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    I think I started reading this thread thinking it was about Tubular Bells. Lots of people move to the oldfields for a few years to make some good money. It's hard work, and the living is not easy. Some people play really hard, buy all the toys, burn-out and leave the 'fields with a truck, an ATV and not much else. Others bank the pay, have a good time regardless - but without the toys - and walk away with a good sized bank account to start a new life.

    Oh, and unless you are a Canadian citizen you can't just move to Alberta and apply for work - you need to apply for a work visa which generally aren't easy to get if the job is one that a Canadian can fill.
     
  11. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Working for extractive industries (mines, oil companies) in the field can be very lucrative - but they pay high wages because you'll be working in remote locations, in harsh weather, and there is often a elevated level of risk to the job. You have to factor all that against the higher pay.
     
  12. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Oldfield EMT pay is ridiocouls.

    Yes. I am told, by people in the know, that biker gangs rule the place.

    If you do decide to try it, don't burn your bridges before you leave. ;)

    And your title is hurting my eyes. Please fix it.
     
  13. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    So are the spellingz.
     
  14. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    OP must have packed his bags and headed for the 'sands already.... hope he packed his muckluks....
     
  15. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    I'm still trying to figure what Mike Oldfield's interest is in all this?? :confused:
     
  16. No1nfoProvided macrumors 6502

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    I know a lot of people the the EMT field (mostly pre-meds etc) in LA and they'd be freakin lucky to get $10 an hour. That said, most of their situations are exactly like yours where, they make $8 with a good amount of overtime.
     
  17. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    You use hollow pipes that make a ringing sound when banged to drill into an oil deposit.... :)
     

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