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Jan 1, 1970
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What should a person's wage/salary average if they sale around $300k a year in security systems, fire and home theater installations etc. and that person installs and services what he sells. He also designs and lay's out the jobs sold. Thanks Tyler Halbrooks F #### Frank Olson Jan 1, 1970 0 Tyler Halbrooks said: What should a person's wage/salary average if they sale around$300k a year
in security systems, fire and home theater installations etc. and that
person installs and services what he sells. He also designs and lay's out
the jobs sold. Thanks Tyler Halbrooks

Sounds to me like the guy can start his own business almost anywhere (all he
needs is to meet the licensing requirements from most States)... Someone
that designs, sells, installs *and* services the equipment?? They're "worth
their weight in gold"...

For a guy that's bringing in these numbers... A good base ($1500 -$2000/month), plus a car, plus between 5 to 10% of the sale as a commission.

On the service side... What's the going rate for a technician in your
area?? If he's going to install *and* service the equipment, you should be
paying him the standard hourly rate (over and above his wage/commission as a
salesman)...

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#### Frank Olson

Jan 1, 1970
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Robert L. Bass said:
Hi Tyler,

It seems to vary significantly by region. I ran a small central station
alarm company for many years in Connecticut. My top tech was paid by the
day rather than based on eight hours.

No wonder you're no longer in business...
It was understood but not rigidly
enforced that he would put in about 7 hours a day and take time out for
lunch or breaks as needed. Some days he finished early and others he worked
a little late. He was earning more than any other tech I knew but his
skills were first rate -- worth every penny. He now runs his own firm and
probably makes twice as much.

This is the guy you say supervised other techs?? And he did all that in
"seven hours"?? Yeah... sure... How many hours did your other techs put
in?? Five??

His responsibilities did not include sales. However, he was responsible for
supervising other techs.

You mean he was a Service Manager??
I would do the design but the techs were
encouraged to point out ways to improve things and they often did.

I'll bet... your "poor designs" probably left much room for improvement...
I'll bet most of "your techs" were probably laughing at some of them...
The top
guy worked with me for over 15 years until I sold the business.

You received your Connecticut L-5 in 1988... You started your online
business in 1996 and moved to Florida in 1999... Yet you state you
"employed" (what I'm assuming to be licensed technicians) for how long???
No matter how I do the math, I don't see "15 years" here anywhere,
Robbert...

My other
techs were paid between $25 and$40 per hour.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! You're funny Bass... $40.00 per hour... right... dream on!! I used to start new trainees at$80 per day and bump it to $100 a day as soon as they were able to complete jobs without assistance. What happened to "$25 to $40 per hour"?? At$80 they're making $10 per hour. At$100, they're makin' \$12.50. You're such a liar, Bassy...
Pay raises were merit based rather than
scheduled.

Uh-huh... Probably based on how many Armani suits you "merited" that
month...
They could happen several times a year.

You shopped that often??
I also liked to give a
raise a few weeks before Christmas as it's really appreciated then.

Yeah... uh-huh... Here's 50 cents an hour extra... It'll help pay for
Christmas in about six years...

Three of my policies made the best techs unwilling to jump when other
companies made them an offer. First, if an employee asked for anything
reasonable and he was doing his job well, I would usually give a bit more
than was asked. Second, I always treated the people who worked for me as
equals.

You only employed fat people??
Finally, I never displayed anger at an employee or sub, no matter
what the circumstances.

Uh-huh... Instead you "cut 'em down" with lies and innuendo... I always
wondered where it was that you "honed your skills" at that...
By always treating them the way I wanted to be
treated I feel that I got much more in return.

"Have another triple-decker fudge sundae to go with that burger you're
scarfin'"...

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