A sign you need a new job? Lollipop lady’s jaw-dropping pay packet shocks Australia
- A lollipop lady has revealed the impressive pay-packet she makes in a week
- Many viewers asked whether the amount of more than $2,000 was before tax
- Maria Kefalas, who also does the job, pointed out the work is very inconsistent
An Australian traffic control worker has revealed how much money she earns in a week with the eye-watering amount enough to make anyone take a closer look at the role.
TikTok user taheraraedd shared a video of herself during a week in April at her job – in which she holds signs to direct traffic at construction sites.
‘Your sign to be a traffic controller,’ she captioned the clip, which also reveals she earned more than $2,000 for the week.
For 12 hours of work on a Monday, she says she earned $520.
A Sydney TikTok user (pictured) has revealed her impressive pay-packet for doing traffic control work
On Tuesday, she made $495 for a 10-hour workday and on Wednesday she raked in 600 for a 13-hour shift.
A four hour shift on Thursday earned her $300, while she made $100 from a short 20-minute job on Friday.
All up, the young woman claims she made $2,015 for just under 40 hours of work over the week.
Aussies were impressed at the pay-packet.
‘I’m a licensed plumber and I earn half that,’ one person said.
‘I’m gunna stop studying and do this,’ added another.
‘How do we get into this?’ a third added.
The young woman (pictured) said she made more than $2,000 in a week but some commenters asked if that was before tax
But many pointed out it was unclear if that amount was before or after tax.
‘You should do a video update after taxes,’ one person wrote.
While the job might seem ideal, others have also posted videos to TikTok pointing out the negative aspects of the job.
Maria Kafelas, 21, shared a clip in late 2021 in which she said videos about being a lollipop lady posted to social media were misleading.
‘I’ve been seeing a lot of TikTok [videos] in regards to traffic control and they’re all positive, they’re all good,’ Ms Kefelas said.
‘What they don’t tell you is… You can have a whole month with no work and then a whole month straight with work – traffic control has got to be the most inconsistent job I’ve ever done in my life.’
‘And days like today where it’s raining you have to stand outside and get drenched for hours.’
She claimed she would be ringing up her business each day asking if they had work and the only way the job was worthwhile was if the business belonged to a union.
‘With a union you can get rained out and the work is more consistent.’
‘Some weeks yes, I had five days of work – but then I was off for two weeks,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘On other occasions I had phone calls at 11pm asking me to be on a job site at 6am the following day or to drive two hours out of Melbourne on short notice for a 12 hour shift.
Maria Kefalas pointed out working in testing temperatures as a lollipop lady was part of the job
Are traffic controllers well paid?
It’s complicated, but usually not as well as you’d think.
The award rate nationally for a traffic controller is $29.79 per hour – but it can be as much as $120 an hour.
The pay rate is better for traffic controllers on union jobs, but that work is harder to find and in short supply.
Traffic controllers with the CFMEU union in Victoria can earn up to $55.08 per hour.
The rate climbs to $99.15 per hour if working overtime.
On public holidays, they make up to $121.18 per hour.
Full-time traffic controller roles in Victoria are typically advertised to earn between $50,000 and $70,000 a year.
According Seek.com.au, the median annual salary in NSW for a traffic controller is $76,249.
Across Australia, the most common salary advertised for traffic controllers is between $40,000 and $60,000.