I happened to be glancing at Brunswick School Department payroll data, and something caught my eye. Two years ago, the most recent data I have on hand, School Bus Drivers were being paid nearly $38,000 per year.
I haven't seen their contracts, but I'm assuming that like most other government employees, they get damn fine benefits to go along with that.
For years, I've blithely assumed these were "part time" jobs, largely filled by moms and retired men or those with other part time jobs.
Presuming they make at least $39,000 this year, that works out to about $1,000 in salary per week. Maybe I'm way off here, but I would expect they work no more than 4 hours a day....2 hours tops in the morning, and 2 hours tops at the end of the day. That's 20 hours a week, or $50 an hour.
Does this seem reasonable? How many Mainer's (and American's) would give their left arms to make that much an hour?
For reference, a teacher in Brunswick with a Master's Degree and 5 years experience makes $39,000.
Do I have the wrong understanding of this job? Any other data points from AMG'ers?
(I expect some number of "there isn't enough money in the world for me to take that job" and "that's not nearly enough for keeping our children safe" responses. I'd still like to see some comparative data. And how many EMT's and other public safety folks make $50 an hour?)