I see that Adelaide is recruiting for suburban train drivers and I was interested if anyone had any knowledge of average pay once a fully qualified driver. I ask because the salary range given in the ad ($851.49 - $1216.15/week) sounds relatively low in comparison to other cities (such as Melbourne, although I realise Adelaide is a cheaper place to live) that I have read about here. I understand that would be the base rate only.
Is there anyone on this forum that could give some greater insight into how penalties/overtime etc would affect this wage? The yearly base rate once on $1216.15/week (which probably takes 18-24mths to achieve) is $ 63239.80. Just trying to get a guage of real expected wages.
Thanks greatly to anyone who can help.
Sorry its probably a bit late since the applications closed a while back (and haven't got to stage 1 yet!!) but I can answer this for you since I work there.
There has been a pay rise for electrification that is not shown there, so 4% more. This also affects the aggregate penalty. Rail Commissioner operates on an aggregate system where by shift penalties (morning, afternoon, night, weekends, leave loading, etc...) are all added together and averaged across the year. So currently its around 18% more.
In any instance, drivers can expect around $80-85,000 from it all. Depending on overtime (which during Footy season there is tons of it going around), you could easily see $90-95,000/year out of it. If you budget on $80,000 and get more, then you'll be a happy man.