Hey all! I want to get your thoughts on my current job duties and pay as an assistant.
I work full-time at a bustling hunter/jumper facility in California. My duties and responsibilities include:
- Managing 55 horses (turnout schedule, exercise schedule, giving medicine, overall care as needed)
- Teaching 5-7 lessons with 20-25 students a day (two - three times a week) lessons run 45 minutes to an hour - clients groom and tack/untack
- Coordinating/communicating with vets, farriers, existing clients, workers, website inquiries, scheduling visits for potential clients and giving tours
- Managing supplies & ordering more as needed
- Grooming, tacking, riding, lunging, schooling 5-7 horses a day
- Discounted board, hauling
- Food/housing has been covered at shows
- I pay for my own health insurance
- Working as a W-2 employee
- I have two of my own horses on the property and am currently trying to make sure they are fit into my daily schedule somehow…
I get two - three days off per week depending on the show schedule. More-so two days.
I have to drive just under 60 miles one-way for my commute. Given our gas here in California is $5.99 per gallon I need to fill up twice a week. Me and my boyfriend’s rent has gone up as well as the bridge toll I have to go across each day. We would like to move closer, but everywhere is more expensive to rent than what we are currently paying. I spend ~3 hours on the road due to bad traffic. I do love my job, appreciate my employers and feel they see me as a big asset but what I’m doing now for the pay I receive is not sustainable in the long term.
I’ve been working at this barn for 2 years and have an extensive riding background, with my foundation in the hunters and having competed up to the 1.40 meter in jumpers (now with 2 years of teaching all levels under my belt alongside that). The barn runs smoothly when they are away at shows.
What would you expect to be paid (or would pay) someone in this position? I’m interested to see what people think is reasonable given my situation.
Thanks for getting through my wall of text, appreciate any thoughts or feedback.