He's in Houston.My coworker's son (still in high school) earns $21 while operating the cash register at In-N-Out. This is in the Sacramento region. He has been at it for a few months now.
Luckily most of the machine shops around Sacramento have caught on in the last year or so. Most places advertise for $35-40 now. Better places are up to 50 per hour for highly qualified candidates. Down in Oakland there are jobs in the 75-80 dollar per hour range. I did the math, and even with the higher cost of living I think I would be better off with one of those Oakland jobs but I am tied to the Sacramento region because I bought when the interest rates were low.
Almost every single one of my machinist friends, and myself, switched employers in the last 12 months for better pay.
Which area is this? Are you in America?