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Old 26th Feb 2020, 21:01
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Originally Posted by beached az
Today's update from Atlanta HR is business as usual, no impact on E3s current or future.
More planes from UA = more pilots to fill em at least that's the official word.
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So, to be clear, you spoke with XJT HR in KATL about the status of E3s in light of TSA's shutdown ? And they said their appetite for E3s is unaffected ?

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Old 26th Feb 2020, 22:54
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beached az,

So, to be clear, you spoke with XJT HR in KATL about the status of E3s in light of TSA's shutdown ? And they said their appetite for E3s is unaffected ?
Yes that is correct.
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Old 27th Feb 2020, 07:32
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Originally Posted by beached az
Yes that is correct.
Well, that's encouraging.
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 03:34
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Guys I am trying to find a thread on the 'life in US' / living conditions etc. Can anyone throw some light on this please as the money earned on the regional carriers is minimal, does one have to struggle to make ends meet?
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Originally Posted by MR4051
This question is unanswerable. So much depends on where you want to live, how hard you want to work and what kind of lifestyle you want. I've found cost of living similar to Australia, some things are cheaper, some more expensive. In the 3 years I've been here my salary went from 48K > 62K > 105K USD. If you live in the Midwest it's very comfortable. If you live in LA or San Fransisco it's a struggle.
Thanks ... I will be looking at a first officers position so starting from the bottom of the barrel I guess. I am banking on the signup bonus basically otherwise I think without it I will be on 35K ish at max. However if I do get the bonus as promised then it would be arounf 70-75K mark for the first year. I hear things in general are cheap and so is food and fuel. Still dont know where I will be living ... But thanks for your reply.
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 17:08
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Food and fuel relatively speaking. Fuel varies massively depending where you live. Health insurance and car insurance is ridiculously expensive compared to Aus. But on the plus side cars are a lot cheaper than Aus. Besides New York and Chicago, public transport over here leaves a lot to be desired. They seem to be mobile homeless shelters in most American cities. GoJet might be a bit of a gamble as there's rumors Compass will shut down this year. TSA has already announced its shutting down operations, so if Compass goes then Trans State Holdings with only have GoJet left. But who can predict the future in this wacky industry.
Just to add to this, yes car insurance is ridiculously expensive HOWEVER registration in a lot of places is cheap. I think I pay $200 a year here in Nevada, and the cost goes down every year as the vehicle depreciates. Compare this to Victoria where I used to live which I believe is up to around $800?

As MR4051 says, it's almost impossible to give you a good idea on cost of living until you refine the cities you would prefer to live in. San Diego CA vs Las Vegas NV vs Dallas TX ... there are all huge differences just between the 3.

Overall from what I've seen in my time over here, is starting wages in a lot of industries are terrible however loyalty is rewarded and a very comfortable salary can be attained within a few years.
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 20:22
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Originally Posted by PPSS
Guys I am trying to find a thread on the 'life in US' / living conditions etc. Can anyone throw some light on this please as the money earned on the regional carriers is minimal, does one have to struggle to make ends meet?
I was in your position too and wondering the same things when I came over. As others have said, location is key to answering your question.

Are you needing to support only yourself, or do you have a big family?

If only yourself or you and a spouse, then renting a room / one bedroom apartment is pretty reasonable in Chicago as an example to start out with.

I actually moved to Chicago mostly because I wouldn't need a car immediately. I still haven't gotten one 2.5 years later, so don't have any of those associated expenses.

I was fine with my wife and I on min pay, but it did include per diem and breaking guarantee every month. Min monthly guarantee will be a bit more of a struggle but not unworkable.

Chicago is a great place to hang out for a few years while you get your feet wet. Sure, it's traditionally expensive, but quite painless and actually quite cheap when you factor out a car.

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Chicago would be one of the few cities where travel to and from the airport is 24 hours and relatively cheap.

New York and Jersey is expensive to live if you are within a few miles of major airport. A bit further out and the price drops a lot. This usually means getting a car or paying $10 each way for a train to the airport.

Two people getting by on just your wage is possible even if you only make min guarantee. One piece of advice I will give is start building your credit score ASAP.
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 23:31
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Chicago would be one of the few cities where travel to and from the airport is 24 hours and relatively cheap.

New York and Jersey is expensive to live if you are within a few miles of major airport. A bit further out and the price drops a lot. This usually means getting a car or paying $10 each way for a train to the airport.

Two people getting by on just your wage is possible even if you only make min guarantee. One piece of advice I will give is start building your credit score ASAP.
100% this. Get as many secured credit cards as you can when you get here. Also see if your Australian bank has ties to any US banks where you can transfer to an American credit card, such as HSBC or AMEX. Credit defines you over here, it's insane.

For anyone interested, this thread on the Whirlpool (technology/computers) forums has been very valuable over the few years I have been subscribed. Has a lot of generic info regarding the E3, consulate interviews and general living. Its definitely worth a scroll through from the beginning.

https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/thread/9mvnjpr3
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Old 29th Feb 2020, 08:40
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Thank you very much for the replies guys. Its great help. Not sure if anyone would know this, but I heard with the advertised bonuses from different companies the bonus gets taxes at 40%!! with GoJet giving 60K bonus it would in reality only equate to 36K...that changes things drastically... Can anyone confirm this? Also I heard there are two different taxex one needs to pay the federal and state tax!! Just wondering with all this the advertised 100k for first year for FO in essence comes down to roughly 55K!
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Old 29th Feb 2020, 10:19
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PPSS,

There are several states with no income tax:

https://www.businessinsider.com/stat...income-tax-map

As for federal income tax, you may get some of the initial hit on a large bonus refunded when you file your annual federal return. It's hard to say how much since everyone's situation will be different.

And to add insult to injury, some cities also tax income:

https://www.blog.priortax.com/cities...an-income-tax/
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Old 29th Feb 2020, 14:22
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https://smartasset.com/taxes/income-taxes

You can input your full earnings for a year and it will tell you all your taxes by state.
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Old 29th Feb 2020, 21:29
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Originally Posted by bafanguy
PPSS,

There are several states with no income tax:

https://www.businessinsider.com/stat...income-tax-map

As for federal income tax, you may get some of the initial hit on a large bonus refunded when you file your annual federal return. It's hard to say how much since everyone's situation will be different.

And to add insult to injury, some cities also tax income:

https://www.blog.priortax.com/cities...an-income-tax/
Thank you @bafanguy
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Old 29th Feb 2020, 21:32
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Originally Posted by Climb150
https://smartasset.com/taxes/income-taxes

You can input your full earnings for a year and it will tell you all your taxes by state.
Cheers thanks..the normal income is taxed minimal here, which is good. But I couldn't find any info on the bonuses tax
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Old 29th Feb 2020, 22:48
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Originally Posted by PPSS
Thank you very much for the replies guys. Its great help. Not sure if anyone would know this, but I heard with the advertised bonuses from different companies the bonus gets taxes at 40%!! with GoJet giving 60K bonus it would in reality only equate to 36K...that changes things drastically... Can anyone confirm this? Also I heard there are two different taxex one needs to pay the federal and state tax!! Just wondering with all this the advertised 100k for first year for FO in essence comes down to roughly 55K!
Good luck getting $100k in your first year! Base pay is about $35k, maybe get another $3-$4k in per diems and good luck breaking guarantee on reserve at GoJet. The bonuses are not $85k anymore, they are down to about $51k. It's $10k at the end of IOE, $10k 6 months after that and then $6k at the end of year 1, $15k end of year 2 and a final $10k at the end of year 3. If you leave you're on the hook for the bonus you just got.

So with that all taken into account you'll get about $55k-$60k in year 1 before tax. When they said $100k that was when the bonus was $85k total and you were getting $60k in the first year, now it's down to $26k in the first year. Also they include things like per diems, hotels, 401k contributions and health insurance in that $100k. Tax rates are a lot lower and I would estimate based on the tax I had to pay last financial year in the US that you would take home about $40-$50k and then MAYBE get some back when you do your tax return in Jan/Feb.

For anyone interested the bonus at ExpressJet, it is now $22.5k - $10k in the first week of training and then $12.5k at the completion of IOE. If you leave in the first 12 months you have to pay 100% back and if you leave in months 13-24 you have to pay back 50%.

CommutAir is $22k bonus, paid I believe in the same way as ExpressJet but I'm not sure on the commitment/pay back rules.

All of these figures are accurate as of this week.
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Old 1st Mar 2020, 00:11
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The bonus is just lumped into normal income.

Say 45k salary and 20k bonus? Then you earned 65k for the year and are taxed as if its standard income.
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Old 1st Mar 2020, 02:09
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Mate joined Commutair (I think), 50k into the bank......
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Old 1st Mar 2020, 07:05
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Good luck getting $100k in your first year! Base pay is about $35k, maybe get another $3-$4k in per diems and good luck breaking guarantee on reserve at GoJet. The bonuses are not $85k anymore, they are down to about $51k. It's $10k at the end of IOE, $10k 6 months after that and then $6k at the end of year 1, $15k end of year 2 and a final $10k at the end of year 3. If you leave you're on the hook for the bonus you just got.

So with that all taken into account you'll get about $55k-$60k in year 1 before tax. When they said $100k that was when the bonus was $85k total and you were getting $60k in the first year, now it's down to $26k in the first year. Also they include things like per diems, hotels, 401k contributions and health insurance in that $100k. Tax rates are a lot lower and I would estimate based on the tax I had to pay last financial year in the US that you would take home about $40-$50k and then MAYBE get some back when you do your tax return in Jan/Feb.

For anyone interested the bonus at ExpressJet, it is now $22.5k - $10k in the first week of training and then $12.5k at the completion of IOE. If you leave in the first 12 months you have to pay 100% back and if you leave in months 13-24 you have to pay back 50%.

CommutAir is $22k bonus, paid I believe in the same way as ExpressJet but I'm not sure on the commitment/pay back rules.

All of these figures are accurate as of this week.

WOW thats news to me now! On their website I think they changed that 60k to 'March only' now so I think you are right. Well ever subsequent year the earnings will just go down then!!
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Old 2nd Mar 2020, 12:11
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Mate joined Commutair (I think), 50k into the bank......
Must be DEC?
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Must be DEC?
Must be as FO sign on bonus is 22k
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