By on April 17, 2015


Tesla is set to offer an average of $25/hour for future employees at its Gigafactory battery-pack production facility in Nevada.

Valuewalk reports the figure comes from Economic Development Authority for Western Nevada chief Mike Kazmierski, who adds that the average wage — set to exceed those given to new employees of other automakers, suppliers, and Tesla’s own workers on the factory floor in California — is helping to push the state’s minimum wage from between $10 and $12 in 2012, to $12 and $15 now.

The breakdown of the average is as follows:

  • $22.79: the minimum for 4,250 Gigafactory workers on the factory floor
  • $27.88: the minimum for 820 technicians tasked with managing equipment and quality
  • $41.83: the minimum for engineering and senior staff

Though Tesla says it never claimed it would pay Gigafactory employees $25/hour via a statement to AutoblogGreen — noting that its projected wages “were informed by regional wage trends” — University of California professor and labor economist Harley Shaikin said the automaker was doing this not only “to attract the best and brightest,” but to keep unions at bay through higher compensation.

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16 Comments on “Tesla To Offer $25 Average Hourly Wage To Gigafactory Employees...”

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    They should name this The Mirage Project, because this vaporware factory in the desert won’t ever get built.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m going to build a space factory in space, and call it a Gravitafactory. My employees will make all the best widgets, and be paid $238.42 an hour. The factory will be fully powered by the lack of gravity, and the good vibrations coming from the workers.

      • 0 avatar

        I will build the car of the future ,where it will take you anywhere for free,on brain waves and will wake you up when the dream is over at the destination point.I need a few investors to fund this new auto motionless enterprise.

      • 0 avatar

        Ohhh, sign me up! …but only if it comes with full benefits. Oh, and free parking. I want my own parking space. Oh, and cafeteria and gym privileges too.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      @DW – That’s ridiculous; they’re building it now.

      Without this factory, the Model 3 is unviable. Besides, Nevada and Tesla didn’t strike this deal for nothing.

    • 0 avatar

      Groundwork was done in summer 2014, vertical construction has already started, and production will start by 2017, with full capacity in 2020.

      We both agree that 1)Massive factories aren’t built in a couple of months and that 2) Musk couldn’t just find 5 billion in the street to start building the Gigafactory when the Roadster was released, or even the Model S. He had to start small and use the revenue to make bigger investments, then bigger etc.

      So, after enstablishing that the factory is actually being built and that factories take time to build, what is your basis for assuming it will never reach completion? The fact that the Model S is selling well and that the Model X has ton of preorders, and that Tesla is finally profitable?

      • 0 avatar

        profitable, really? “According to Zacks Investment Research, based on 1 analysts’ forecasts, the consensus EPS forecast for the quarter is $-0.74. The reported EPS for the same quarter last year was $-0.16.”

        Read more:

        I think Tesla builds great cars, and I would like to own one eventually. A lot of their PR is straight up lies though… how exactly will they increase their production and sales by 15x by 2020? It will take a lot more than Norway being 30% of their Worldwide sales.

    • 0 avatar

      We’ll have an active human colony/station on Mars before this gets built.

      I have met/heard many Carnival Barkers, and Elon is the smoothest of all.

      He’s even convinced many that Tesla is anything other than a business whereby money goes to evaporate.

    • 0 avatar

      And you say this because you’ve done a cogent analysis of Tesla – their 35,000 annual sales , with a new model in the works, and China on the horizon. You’ve also analyzed Musk’s relationship to solar City and their experimentation with solar installs coupled with battery storage.

      You’ve studied Musk’s track record with new disruptive businesses and seen the trail of devastation he’s left in his wake. Though he’s managed to bring new employment to thousands in the midst of a depression and add incalculable wealth to Americas intellectual, technical, and engineering capitol at a time when we’re so nationally bankrupt we have to rent old Russian rockets just to get back and forth to the international space station and we can’t seem to build a bridge that will stand up.

      Or is it the shock that an American company is being so bold as to offer living wages without being dragged into it kicking and screaming (though Costco and others have shown that actual living workers can help a company succeed).

      Do tell.

  • avatar

    Yeah, well yesterday Musk started to backtrack on those salary promises. Just a tactic to ensure state tax breaks during negotiations apparently. Down to $22 maybe.

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    It already exists. Tesla fans post drone pics of the construction site on Twitter weekly. Troll better plz

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    Elon, did you take account of how much people will have to drive to get to your amazing factory? Why don’t you locate it near where the employees can live and where the products are used. Wouldn’t that make sense? Maybe even locate it on an existing public transit network!

    • 0 avatar

      Generally speaking, people don’t want massive battery plants near where they live.

      I don’t blame Tesla for not wanting to deal with the NIMBY types complaining about noise and traffic from the plant.

      Also, property in the middle of a desert wasteland is probably less expensive than land that is already used for residences and retail.

      They probably have expansion plans for this place if it goes well, and don’t want to have to expand around existing construction.

      They can always bus employees in if transport becomes an issue; they certainly wouldn’t be the first company to do so.

      It seems like you are just complaining for the sake of complaining.

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    I hope this factory and all of its workers don’t need water… just saying.

  • avatar

    We’re supposed to be impressed? For skilled labor, the wages are kinda low.

    The wages listed in the article are minimums, so maybe the average is more reasonable.

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