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Old 07-24-2017, 12:31 PM   #1
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Looking For Advice From PNW Carpenters.


I might be shouting into the void, but we'll give it a shot.

I'm a 27 year old carpenter living in North Carolina. I'm looking in to making a move to the PNW (maybe the Seattle area) in search of better wages, working conditions and weather. Work is not my only reason for wanting to move, but it's a big part of my life. My experience is in residential framing, siding, and decking with what are considered quality builders in my area.

Any input from PNW carpenters about wages, conditions, quality of work, unions (though I don't know if there are residential union jobs?), or upward mobility is welcome. If you moved from the South, please feel free to chime in.

Before anyone says it, I don't mind the rain.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-24-2017, 11:36 PM   #2
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What are your current wages? Minimum wage here is $11, we pay well over that. There is a real need for skilled tradesmen and a market for quality built homes with custom details. Can you grow a beard? There is a lot of rain, but in the summer it is paradise (don't tell anyone). Check out the ads for help wanted, almost every reputable builder is looking for lead carpenters. Take the leap and worst case scenario you've had a new life experience, my guess is that you'd love it and stay.

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This will probably make me feel dumb but what is PNW?
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Expect to make 25-30/hr working in the suburbs. More if you commute to the City every day (but you will lose a ton of time commuting or pay insane rents). PM me if your really going to make the move.

Rent is 1,200 and up depending on how close to the city you get.
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My current wage is $25, but I'd honestly say it's a fluke for the area. I'm also a sub. Basically, if I left the company I'm at, I'd be looking at a 10$/hr pay cut.

My last full time framing gig paid $13. I have a friend who leads a crew, 20 years experience, talented guy, and he's capped out at $20. Seems like it's hard to make more than $15 around here just working at a company.

According to the department of labor, construction wages are actually going down here every year.

Jhark, tried to send you a PM but it won't let me. I'm pretty serious about making a move. I'm going to fly out to Seattle to scope it out in late October/early November.

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My current wage is $25, but I'd honestly say it's a fluke for the area. I'm also a sub. Basically, if I left the company I'm at, I'd be looking at a 10$/hr pay cut.

My last full time framing gig paid $13. I have a friend who leads a crew, 20 years experience, talented guy, and he's capped out at $20. Seems like it's hard to make more than $15 around here just working at a company.

According to the department of labor, construction wages are actually going down here every year.

Jhark, tried to send you a PM but it won't let me. I'm pretty serious about making a move. I'm going to fly out to Seattle to scope it out in late October/early November.


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If you are good at framing you can make $25-30/hr around here. If you want to work in Clark County, (just across the Columbia River from Portland) let me know. I could use another framer.

Note: you may start to mind the rain after a winter here. It rains almost every day from November-March. If it's not raining its cloudy.
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The PNW is a place you move to and live here because you love it. It isn't an easy place to make a living.

That being said, most guys who live and work here, wouldn't trade it for anything.

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Expect to make 25-30/hr working in the suburbs. More if you commute to the City every day (but you will lose a ton of time commuting or pay insane rents). PM me if your really going to make the move.

Rent is 1,200 and up depending on how close to the city you get.
$1200 for what? Like a studio or like a house? I have room mates, but total rent on our 3 bed ****box ranch is $1750.

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If you are good at framing you can make $25-30/hr around here. If you want to work in Clark County, (just across the Columbia River from Portland) let me know. I could use another framer.

Note: you may start to mind the rain after a winter here. It rains almost every day from November-March. If it's not raining its cloudy.
Good help must be hard to find. Or everyone wants to do trim?

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The PNW is a place you move to and live here because you love it. It isn't an easy place to make a living.
Hm. That's how people talk about here. "Sure I'll work for nothing because I love this town!"

I know a guy with a PhD that's a cashier at Lowes because there are zero jobs in his field here. But his wife just had to move here.
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The PNW is a place you move to and live here because you love it. It isn't an easy place to make a living.

That being said, most guys who live and work here, wouldn't trade it for anything.

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I work in Portland and live just outside. I find it an easy place to make a living.
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Is it common for employers to offer healthcare?

Do you get paid overtime if you work overtime?
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