Glamorous FIFO dump truck worker reveals her VERY impressive six-figure salary for just six months of work a year – and the perks of working in the Aussie mines

  • FIFO dump truck worker Ashlea works in the Pilbara mines in Western Australia
  • Glamorous blonde is often asked how she started working there & what it’s like
  • Ashlea enjoys the 14 days on and 14 days off schedule she follows
  • She is paid a whopping $122,000 for six months of work a year

A female FIFO dump truck operator working in remote West Australian mines has shared the exact six-figure salary she is given for six months of work a year – and it might encourage others to join the profession.

Ashlea, who goes by The Salty Pinup on her social media channels, shared a video to TikTok on Friday outlining how she managed to secure a $122,000 salary while working 14 days on and 14 days off. 

‘Obviously all companies are going to pay differently this is just what I personally got,’ she said.

Ashlea, who goes by The Salty Pinup on her social media channels, shared a video to TikTok on Friday outlining how she managed to secure a $122,000 salary while working 14 days on and 14 days off

'When I first started as a trainee I was paid $36 per hour and we do 12 hour days. After about three months, my rate went to $43.50 an hour. For my first year as a greenie (truck driver) I would have taken about $94,000 - 95,000 annually,' she said

After her first year in the mines Ashlea changed contractors and received a huge jump in pay as a result.

‘When I first started as a trainee I was paid $36 per hour and we do 12 hour days. After about three months, my rate went to $43.50 an hour. For my first year as a greenie (truck driver) I would have taken about $94,000 – 95,000 annually,’ she said

‘When I first started as a trainee I was paid $36 per hour and we do 12 hour days. After about three months, my rate went to $43.50 an hour. For my first year as a greenie (truck driver) I would have taken about $94,000 – 95,000 annually.

After her first year in the mines Ashlea changed contractors and received a huge jump in pay as a result.  

‘My new rate is about $51.50 an hour so that’s pretty good. And the contracting company I’m with pays you a bonus each month you stay with them – that’s about $2,000,’ she said.

‘Annually, at my $51.50 rate, that would be about $112,000 per annum my bonuses which could be around $10,000. So around $122,000 for my first year.

Ashlea had no experience prior to applying for her first job in the mines and started as a barmaid for her first three months, before moving into contracted work

Ashlea had no experience prior to applying for her first job in the mines and started as a barmaid for her first three months, before moving into contracted work

‘I hope this helps. I think it is pretty good for working only six months of the year as a truckie.’

Ashlea had no experience prior to applying for her first job in the mines and started as a barmaid for her first three months, before moving into contracted work.

‘The trucks are very easy to drive. I was fortunate enough to get in a truck driver traineeship for the dump trucks with McMahons contractors and before I even went to the site they did a truck school at their head office in Perth,’ she said in a previous video.

‘So for two weeks I went to the head office in Perth and you learn all about the mine site, the different machines, and you learn about the truck itself.

She has managed to secure an investment property with the savings she has made

She has managed to secure an investment property with the savings she has made

Ashlea has largely had quite a positive experience as a FIFO worker and uses her time off to book holidays and catch up with family and friends

Ashlea has largely had quite a positive experience as a FIFO worker and uses her time off to book holidays and catch up with family and friends

‘I felt confident after that flying immediately to site and start driving the truck. When you do get to site though you don’t start driving straight away.’

She added: ‘The truck cab is on the opposite site to your car and you have really limited vision in the truck.  

Ashlea has largely had quite a positive experience as a FIFO worker and uses her time off to book holidays and catch up with family and friends. 

She describes the room she sleeps in as ‘clean and big’, there is a women’s only gym on site with pink wallpaper, free sanitary products in the bathrooms and a huge variety of fresh food on site. 

Despite the stereotype, Ashlea said most men are there to work and she doesn’t get any unwarranted attention from other employees. 

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