Hi, this is my first time on this website, I’ve read on it several times before but this is my first time posting, so sorry if I miss something.
Anyway to the point…
I am being paid $10/hour
The company I work for only works mornings, so on average I get around 5-6 hours a day
I am 18 years old, however I am fairly skilled in construction and have been in and out of roofing since I was 16.
My rent is $400/month, Car Insurance: $125, and Car payment: $125. So a total of $650 in absolute expenses before food or gas money or anything else.
This past month I only made a total of $877 after taxes
At my previous job I was easily pulling $1,275 a month after taxes (Not roofing, general labor work such as digging trenches and cutting trees) However this job was an 8 hour a day job… BUT I rode in a car for 45 minutes both ways and the boss bought my lunch. I had to quit because the hours were getting to overwhelming for me and there was no point in renting if I got home at 7pm everyday. And for other personal reasons.
In terms of roofing I can do everything but shingle (They wont let me yet). So I can clean up the job site, I can hand out shingles, I can roll felt, I can nail felt with the gun (They don’t let me do it often though but I can do it like anyone else) and just about anything else that isn’t nailing shingles.
Don’t mean to crowd you with text but the details are important for you to understand my situation. I recently went to my boss about my pay to let him know that my savings account is slowly decreasing and I’m not able to put anything back into savings and that I’ve been having to do work at a second job (janitorial) to keep up. I asked him if he would match my pay at my previous job which was $65 a day (after taxes) and I told him since the roofing company does an hourly rate I would be fine with $13/hour. He never really answered my question, he told me that I was actually getting paid the same if not more than I was at my previous job, which obviously isn’t the case if you look at the numbers.
However he did say that I would recieve raises over time and that I would make more money once I learned to shingle. But that was it, he never changed my pay or anything.
So my question to you all now is should I seek different employment? My worry is that I'm going to learn to shingle and they won't increase my pay that much. I feel like I don't get treated the same pay because I'm only 18, but I feel like I'm working as hard as everyone else.
Natively I’m a computer guy anyway, even though I love to create things and like the construction industry as a whole I’m starting to wonder if roofing is for me. One of the main reasons why I changed job is because I liked the idea of having more time on my hands to work on things like my web design company. The idea of only working mornings appealed to me. However I don’t want to have back and knee pain when I’m older.
Also I know some of you will say that my reasons for a raise aren’t valid because I’m not working as many hours but if you take into account the 2 hours of driving and just the fact that the job was just way easier in general. I just don’t know if roofing is worth it…
Sorry for the long thread, but to anyone who read this far and posted an answer, thank you.