I've been Surveying for 25 years myself, with a pair of 12 month breaks to drive commercially (I keep a CDL as a backup).
We used to have a open OT policy pre building recession. There was always something that needed done if you wanted to work on a Saturday. I used that to get down payments on two properties, and start retirement savings.
We were primarily residential construction stakeout, all civil work tied to new developments.
Post recession it's been feast or famine for work, both times I went trucking I was fed up with the construction biz, slow contracts, and me being the breadwinner, trying to keep the lights on.
My 1st trucking gig was LTL freight, hourly, no OT, but straight time, usually 60+ hours.
Ok gig, but started late in the morning, meant getting home late at night. I hated the schedule after Surveying so long.
My 2nd trucking job was regional tanker, maxed the DOT hours regularly, and was off the clock loading and washing the tank at the manufacturer daily. Great paying gig, earlier hours than the other driving gig, but I was gone no less than 6 days, often or 3 weeks.
I'm back Surveying again, it's a touch slow, some of it the season, some of it being I'm at a small firm.
I miss the 8 hour days, occasionally 9 or 10, on crew of 2 or 3, and the Saturdays for a few extra bucks.
I'm looking at going to a large firm, running 14 crews at the one office closest to me.
It's a hustle, I'm 44, it's not getting any easier, but the recession really hurt us, using the afformentioned schedule, I can build back a big chunk of retirement if I can tuff it out for a bit.
I don't know how/why those of you grinding 80-120 a week stay with it. I see you typed responses, but really.
I've done it, other than the financial gain, I see no point.
There's more to life.
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