Is the money made in Amazon’s CamperForce worth the effort? I sat down to take an early peek at the financials. I won’t have the full picture for another month when my last paycheck comes in, but I have enough now to make some early calculations.
I make $11.00 an hour at Amazon. At the Old Job, I made $13.95 an hour, which is the highest paying job I’ve ever held.
Here’s the kicker though, I’m saving more at Amazon. In the average month at the old job, when I was living in the cheaper apartment in Beaufort I saved maybe $200 – $300 a month averaged out. Once I moved into Oldfield Mews, I was lucky to save $200 a month. From October 15 to November 14th (I calculate my months in the middle like this, always have) I saved $726.13, by far the most I’ve ever managed to save in a month. And this without any overtime, I about did a happy dance (my costs for the month were all of $709.04).
That’s not the whole story though. The reason why Amazon is such a lucrative deal is because they’re paying rent and utilities. My site at Big Chief costs Amazon over $400 a month, if I had to pay that myself the numbers look much less pleasing and would probably not be worth the effort to drive out here.
And that’s another important thing to consider, the cost to get here. If you’re spending, oh, $376.41 (yep, that’s what it cost) in gas to get here, you also need to minus some of that from your savings, because you probably wouldn’t have done as much driving if you’d gone with another job.
Another important note, I spent absolutely nothing on entertainment that month. I came here to work, and so working is what I’m doing, but it’s wears you down after a while. I’m very much looking forward to two weeks from now when I’ll be done and on my way to Wisconsin for some much needed unwind time. If you’re going to be driving down to Tulsa every weekend to offset the boredom and at times frustration from working at Amazon, the numbers also won’t look as good.
Which is the next important question, are you okay with doing the work. The hours are long, the work is tedious and physically demanding, and there isn’t much joy to be found in it, or a sense of accomplishment. For me, this hasn’t been a problem, other than that sometimes I find I have too much time to think. The job of stowing doesn’t require much brain power and the work goes slower because I’m not very engaged in it and am more aware of time passing. Other jobs may differ, I don’t know because I still haven’t been cross trained into anything else.
But right now yes, the pay is worth it. This is one work camping job that actually earns a living wage. I’m actually a bit sad that it doesn’t go longer than 3 months, because I think that if I did this 6 months a year and was able to save that kind of money I’d be looking good for the other half of the year, although at that point I’d need to be spending some of it to go out and do stuff to keep me from getting a bad case of cabin fever.
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Last week was the provided holiday meal, that’s what you’re seeing pictured above. The beef brisket was actually really good, I’m not normally a beef person. There were a few more special dress days too. Twin day, and, one other that I can’t remember now. Donut day was suppose to be the week before, but there wasn’t enough to go around and so it ended up happening again last Tuesday. Other than that, the weekly power hours are still going on.
Oh, and the overtime. Last week 6th and 7th shifts had the 10 hours mandatory overtime that us 8th shifters had the week before. This coming week, all 3 shifts will be having mandatory overtime. For me, it’ll be on Saturday which separates my two days off, but that’s okay. More money is more money.
Have a good week all!
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