This has been touched on a little earlier in the thread, but I wanted to ask something specific to my interests.
I have limited to no control over where I will be placed, but I've listed Texas, Tarrant/Dallas counties as a preference.
I had hoped not to get thrown into DFW or ZFW due to the high learning curve. But I also have concerns about airports I would like to be placed at. Let's assume I get placed at KAFW, a level 5 facility. After certification the minimum base pay is 38,700 plus 18.75% locality, max is $52,100.
Does this mean that, upon my certification, I will only make $46,000.00 for the rest of my career unless I move to a different facility? ATLTRACON has already dismissed the performance increases as laughable, so I'll just rule them out. How else do you climb to that max pay band, or can you at all?
I know money is the wrong reason to get into this business (and it's certainly not my drive behind applying), but at some point I have to sit back and realize that I may want to own a house some day. AFW looked a lot more appealing when I thought I could end up making the Max pay band ($52,100.00, times locality pay would be $62,000.00). But I'm getting the impression that isn't realistic. Can anyone either confirm or console my fears? Thanks.