I just found your post , hope you are still locating .
Pay will go up and down with the econ. but depending on the company you work for . I have been lucky to work for many companies , some good some bad . But as for starting pay , that aint bad , it will get better . But the best company I ever worked for was a private locating company , Ground Hound Detection Services in Fla . The owner Jeff Poppe is a great boss , if you do your best for him , he would take care of you . The only company I ever regreted leaveing . I left for personal reaaon and he understood and still returns emails and phone calls to me . I would vote him the best locating boss ever .