Most importantly, I've now earned myself a homemade lasagna, courtesy of my lovely wife. Homemade pasta, homemade sauce, homemade everything - the works. It's one of our little traditions for when one of us achieves something we've been working on for a while. The last time I got lasagna'd (cool, I made it a verb!) was when I got my Private Pilot license in the summer of 2006.
It's been awhile. If you've never had fresh pasta noodles, you're missing out!
The Big Bucks
Slightly less important, this means I get my first raise. And let me tell you, it couldn't come soon enough... The AG pay scale sucks hard. Every day of every month since I've joined the FAA has been a challenge, a battle to keep our heads above the storming financial waters. The politics of that belong on other blogs and other sites; I'll just say that this raise is a tremendous relief.
Most readers should be familiar with the ATC pay progression, which is generally as follows:
- OKC: The +/-$9.00 an hour they pay you out in Oklahoma City
- AG: What you're paid when you arrive at your facility and are not certified on anything.
- D1: Certification on 25% of positions
- D2: 50% of positions
- D3: 75% of positions
- CPC: Certified on everything
The facility level dictates the progression. At an ATC-9 like us, once we get Flight Data and 3 scopes (total 6 positions = 3 Radar + 3 Radar Handoff) we bypass the D1 level altogether and jump straight from AG into D2. For other facilities the distribution will be different.
Now, we're all government employees. Our salaries are public record, so I have zero problem posting the numbers on here. If you want to look me up or any other employee in the Federal government, just follow this link and type in a name: http://php.app.com/fed_employees/search.php
- Base: $33,100 nationwide
- 2007 Locality Percentage for Pensacola: 13.18%
- Final Salary: $37,463
- Base: $45,350 for an ATC-9
- Locality Percentage for Pensacola: 13.18%
- Final Salary: $51,327
That sounds fantastic, but let's do a reality check. Let's compare it to what the old pay bands were prior to September 2006. If I'd been checked out in, say, June 2006 instead of June 2008, I'd have been making:
Old AG Salary
- Base: $38,385 nationwide
- 2007 Locality Percentage for Pensacola: 12.52%
- Final Salary: $43,190.8
- Base: $57,101 for an ATC-9
- Locality Percentage for Pensacola: 12.52%
- Final Salary: $64,250
What was that cheesy 80's song? "If we could turn back time..."
Anyways, okay, now that I've quoted a Cher song whose video involved a battleship and her bare ass - the horror! - I'm going to go listen to some Nine Inch Nails and Stone Sour. Maybe play some speed metal on my bass guitar with some heavy distortion. Anything to get the image and sound of that stupid video out of my head before it shatters my fragile mind.
Actually, I've got a better idea... I'm going out to pick up the ingredients for that lasagna. :)