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Website: http://Morantz cabinets.com

We are getting busy enough to add a third employee and one of my cabinetmakers has a son that is 22 years old with no cabinet experience. I need someone to band, bore,assemble simple boxes and give a hand on installs. What salary should I start him on? Never had helpers before, just experienced guys who could cut,and work totally on their own. Harold.

8/10/15       #2: helper salary ...
Charles Member

I am guessing around $9-10/hour. Be sure to have a probationary period. You can always increase it as his contribution to the company's bottom line improves. The more he makes for the company, the more he can get paid.

Also be aware of the family politics. Having his father work there may or may not complicate things. I would consider having a chat with the father before hiring the son. Let dad know that if it does not work out for any reason, there cannot be a problem going forward with dad's attitude and/or performance. Hopefully this will not happen, but an ounce of prevention...

It may be best that son does not report to dad on the job. I'm sounding paranoid, but other employees may start to feel that dad is giving son all of the good jobs, covering his mistakes, etc., EVEN if he is NOT doing so. "Perception is often greater than reality."

OK, let me climb down off my soapbox before I fall off. :-)

Best of luck!

8/10/15       #3: helper salary ...

Just make sure and train him. I don't care what anyone says - lack of training helps no-one, nor does it add to the bottom line. He can't be expected to do much but hold things and clean. Loading should be done under supervision. If he has the willingness, he will pick it up fast

8/10/15       #4: helper salary ...
Pat Gilbert

"Just make sure and train him. I don't care what anyone says - lack of training helps no-one, nor does it add to the bottom line. He can't be expected to do much but hold things and clean. Loading should be done under supervision. If he has the willingness, he will pick it up fast"

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8/11/15       #5: helper salary ...
james mcgrew Member

We called the local construction program teacher at a local HS , asked if he had some potential guys Three asked for a job, We took them as apprentices (Title) and paid 2.00 over Min wage, (I want them to work) this give them a small esteem over their peers at McDonalds. All three performed well one is going to college one has one more year of H school and I hope will pay Pro football, the last one we hired with a raise to 2 more $ an hour. Best helpers I have ever had

8/11/15       #6: helper salary ...
Pat Gilbert

James, is that a recent development or have you always had that kind of luck?

8/11/15       #7: helper salary ...

I think people are low balling the wage. Young college guys we've hired as summer, part timers etc. start at a minimum of $12. And we are in a cheap to live part of the country. Even though there is a federal waver system for under 18 in high school programs, I've avoided them, just me. I will spend some after hours time training to help them build a personal project. Something about the use of a personal project really inspires most of them to learn the system. Much of this training involves the use of hand tools and simple power tools, safety, design, etc. I think they value that level, can see it as being used later in life in their garage.

8/11/15       #8: helper salary ...
Paul Downs

I've put this up before, but it might be hard to find in the archives.

Why I Pay What I Pay

8/11/15       #9: helper salary ...
Harold morantz

Website: http://morantz cabinets.com

I really just need a helper to feed Bander, bore shelf holes, second hand in installs. My cabinetmakers son is going back to school in fall and would appreciate the extra bucks. It's not forever. If things keep up line they are I will look for a fully skilled cabinetmaker. Thanks for all the advise. He will not be working with his dad much . With only two cabinetmakers, the shop is quiet during installs, and now I can have one guy installing with the helper and the other still producing in the shop.

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