1) How much will I earn ?
Your real question should be. How much will your effective total salary package be worth ?
While working for these travelling amusement parks in America, you’ll be paid in cash weekly. The minimum pre-tax starting wage we promise will be at least $ 330 - per week. Depending on the employer and which states they work, this can vary, but over a month, your average will not be less then $330 per week, before tax. It could thus also be more then that.
Minimal standard deductions, such as taxes, are taken of, as with all legitamate jobs. Tax rates may vary from place to place, but expect to pay around $35 a week in taxes, just like you would in South Africa. If you earn more, or are in a higher tax state, expect to pay a bit more tax too.
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. Your cost of living in America is approximately $ 80 per week. This will buy you food, pay for laundry, and even buy you a six-pack of beers per week (if you are over 21 years old).
Is often one of your largely sponsored perks/ fringe benefits, worth around $125 a week. You will live in small bunkhouse type accommodation with adequate space of about 2m x 2m. This is usually a long trailer with partitions in between and two bunk beds on top of each other. This will be your home during your stay in America. You will share accomodation with a fellow South African or your partner and there are usually 2 people per bunkhouse.
3) Your bathroom facility
Is usually a shower, often shared between 6-8 people, but don't worry, not all at the same time though ;-)
You are responsible for cleaning your own shower and room facilities. Porta-Johns, are available for your other needs. Even though your room has limited space, your bunkhouse is free or costs you little, so you can save (or partly spend) the money you would normally spend on renting a flat or room, which you would have to do with any other regular job. Don't forget the vallue of your electricity and water bill which is usually paid for by your employer and does not come out of your pocket. This adds another $25 or so per week to your bennefits.
Unfortunately, you will have to leave your domestic servant behind in SA on this trip and take care of your self!
4) Some employers provide Walmart runs, for you to get groceries.This can also be another nice to have, so you don't have to pay for a taxi or bus when you go shopping for food. This is worth another $25 a week which does not nessecarry come out of your pocket.
5) FINALY, Please appreciate the value of all these perks you get !
International tickets etc to an in America that don't come out of your pocket, but out of ours. Add this large ticket value mentioned above, and all the other free perks, like housing, water, lights, Wall-mart runs etc to your in the pocket income, the day you feel you are not earning enough. When you add it all up you will be surprised what you really earn, for the hard work you do.