I need a little help or advice on how much to pay an operator. I'm going to be hiring my first full time employee sometime soon, and I don't really know what a fair pay scale is. My operator would be mostly running my CTL, and then work up to a dozer backfilling and grading yards. I'm not sure if I should try to find someone already with skills, or if I should try to train someone. It's always a challenge to find a reliable operator with their head on straight, that's why I haven't hired anyone full time yet. I know many or most of you have an employee(s), so maybe you could shed some light. Here's what I'm looking into: -Hourly wage for a good skilled operator? -Hourly wage to train someone? -Do you give any vacation time? -Do you have any paid holidays? -Do you provide health insurance? -Do you give a certain number of guarenteed hours? These are my biggest questions. I know different areas of the country have different pay scales. I'm mostly concerned about what to pay starting out. The other benefits I might consider down the road if they work out. Any suggestions you have are appreciated!