The numbers are in! Here’s how my CamperForce earnings stacked up this year. As many of you know, Amazon is one of the best paying RVer friendly jobs out there. But is worth the hard physical work, repetitive nature of the job, and long hours? I’ll give my numbers and you can be the judge.
This season, I started at Coffeyville on October 24th and my last shift ended December 23rd, that’s three weeks less than I did last year for those who are keeping track. I worked four 50 hour weeks, three 40 hour weeks, one 10 hour week (my last day), one 20 hour week (my first week, mandatory work hardening for campers means your first week is always four 5 hour days and no overtime options), and one 9 hour week (2 orientation days before my first week).
At the Coffeyville site, base pay is $10.50 an hour, but after my orientation days I made $11.00 an hour since I worked nights. Overtime is time and a half on base pay ($15.75). I did sign up for all the overtime I could get, it was canceled on two nights so I worked a total of four overtime shifts.
Without further ado, the paychecks after all taxes were taken out (I did no withholding and took no tax credits). These are in order from first to last.
- 271.78 (29 hours)
- 803.84 (90 hours total, 10 overtime)
- 803.58 (90 hours total, 10 overtime)
- 803.59 (90 hours total, 10 overtime)
- 827.80 (60 hours total, 10 overtime + $1 bonus for every hour worked (359 hours)
TOTAL EARNED: $3,510.59
3.5 grand, not bad! Of course that’s not the whole picture. From October 22nd when I arrived to December 25th when I left, I spent a total of $1,570.54 on everything from food, to gas, to Christmas presents, to my Vet Tech license renewal. All of that needs to be deducted to get my total savings.
$1,940.05, so I saved over half of what I made, go me! I believe when I arrived in Coffeyville back in October I mentioned in a post or possibly on the Facebook page that I was planning on saving $1,700 this season based on last year’s figures, so I came out a bit ahead of where I expected to due to the slightly more numerous overtime opportunities this year compared to last year (last year I had one less overtime day).
But that’s still not the whole picture. It cost me $232.73 in gas to get from the Badlands to Coffeyville, but I deduct that from my Badlands earnings since I can’t really spend money I haven’t made yet. But I should deduct the gas money it took to get from Coffeyville, KS down to Texas, across to South Carolina to visit friends, and finally down to Melrose, FL for my next gig, which totaled $309.14 (yay cheaper gas prices!).
So, you could say I netted $1,630.91 on my two month Amazon stint this year. But what does that number mean without anything to compare it to? I managed to save about one grand in almost six months at the Badlands, so it’s clear to see which is the winner money-wise. To me, Amazon’s CamperForce is definitely worth the longer days, harder work, and less enticing locale if you need to supplement your travel fund by working. I know I have several readers who worked at Amazon this season, what did you think of your experience? And to the CamperForce curious, if you have questions about the program feel free to ask.
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More pictures from the OSBS, where the weather has warmed up to something quite pleasant (at least, as far as a northerner like I am concerned), and I am continuing to enjoy my first volunteer experience. I had 23 deer sightings yesterday, a new record. On Wednesday I assisted with taking pictures at various locations on the station for my volunteer hours, can it get much better than that? And yesterday I heard back from the ren fair I’d auditioned for, Julie and I have the part! Which means after this gig gets over I’ll be heading up to the Atlanta area for nine weeks to do that, cue another rush of furious planning as I figure out how it’s all going to work, not that I mind the planning when it’s for something this awesome.