How much wil i earn ?
While working for these travelling Amusement Parks in America, you’ll be paid weekly in cash. Your average minimum weekly starting wage will be at least $330 depending on your employer and which State you work in. Minimal standard deductions, such as taxes and Workman’s Comp are deducted - as with all wages in the USA and South Africa. This salary is equal to approximately R 18 000 per month, depending on the rate of exchange between the American Dollar and the South African Rand at the time. Your cost of living in America is approximately $ 75 per week. This will buy you food, pay for laundry, and even buy you a six-pack of beer per week (if you are over 21 years old).
Please take note of fringe benefits and perks that are offered and don’t underestimate the additional value to the money in your pocket such as: free or subsidised housing, water and lights; in addition to weekly transportation to the local laundrette or supermarket. These can easily add up to another $200 a week on top of your pre-tax weekly wage of at least $330 – totalling $530 a week.
You will most likely share a small bunkhouse type accommodation with barely enough space for two people - with a maximum space of about 2m x 2m. This is usually a long trailer with partitions in between and two bunk beds on top of one another. Remember, home can be wherever you lay your hat and with a little bit of imagination this could become your private ‘mancave’ and home away from home during your stay in America. You willl share accomodation with a fellow South African or your partner (there are usually 2 people per bunkhouse).
The bathroom facility is a shower usually shared between 6-8 people. But don’t worry - not all at the same time! You are responsible for cleaning your own shower and room facilities. ”Porta-potties" are available for your other needs, although at many fairgrounds there are nicer ablution facilities that you are permitted to use instead of the Porta-potties or in America-speak, Porta-johns. Unfortunately, you have to leave your domestic servant behind in SA on this trip and keep your own room and shower clean!
Please bear in mind...
Even though your room has limited space, your bunkhouse, water and lights are free or cost you very little, so you can save (or spend) the money you would normally spend on renting a flat or room which you would have to do with any other regular job. Please appreciate these wonderful perks that are an invisible but very helpful addition to your weekly wage – it is more than most other people get with their job in America or even here in South Africa.