Aussie traffic controller, 19, dishes all on pay packet: ‘I love it’

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A young traffic controller has offered a glimpse into how much money she makes in a week.

Nyah Covey, from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, shared a TikTok video detailing a daily breakdown of her earnings before tax.

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The 19-year-old casual employee made a whopping $2,700 in a single week after working 12 hours per shift over six days.

“What I make a week as a traffic controller,” the caption read.

Traffic controller Nyah Covey has offered a glimpse into how much money she makes in a week. Credit: Nyah Covey/TikTok

For a 12-hour shift on Sunday, she earned $700 ($58.33 per hour) due to weekend penalty rates.

Between Monday and Friday, a 12-hour shift earned her $400 a day, taking the total to $2,000.

“A lot of people think traffic controller is easy but there are a lot of hard and stressful days – especially if we’re out working on a highway,” Nyah said.

“But we do also have super casual days so a bit of both.”

When asked what she thought about her job, Nyah responded: “I love it”.

The 19-year-old casual employee made a whopping $2,700 in a single week after working 12 hours per shift over six days. Credit: Nyah Covey

Last year, Maria Kefalas, from Melbourne, revealed what it’s really like working as a traffic controller after many bragged on social media about earning up to $3000 a week.

The then-21-year-old shared a TikTok video listing the downsides of controlling traffic at construction sites – including having to stand in the rain during her shifts and not having any work for up to four weeks.

‘Most inconsistent job’

She admitted she applied for the job after she “fell” for all the promising TikTok videos of young women – including high school dropouts – raving about their enviable paychecks.

“I’ve been seeing a lot of TikTok [videos] in regards to traffic control and they’re all positive, they’re all good. They tell you how much money they make and how many hours they work and what not,” Maria said in the video.

“What they don’t tell you is… You can have a whole month with no work and then a whole month straight with work. Traffic control has got to be the most inconsistent job I’ve ever done in my life.”

Last year, Maria Kefalas (pictured) revealed what it’s really like working as a traffic controller after many bragged on social media about earning up to $3,000 a week Credit: Maria Kefalas/TikTok

Maria admitted she signed up to the job assuming she was “going to be so rich” after watching all the TikTok videos.

But it was far from what she expected.

She said she was also told to get a rail ticket if she wanted more work hours.

‘What’s even worse… a rail ticket is over $1000. I said to them ‘alright, I’ll go get it. But can you guarantee me work?’ and they were like ‘no’. What do you mean no?” Maria recalled.

‘Can’t guarantee work’

“You just told me to go get a $1000 ticket if I wanted more work? But you can’t guarantee I’d get it?”

By speaking out, Maria warned “please do not fall for these traffic control TikToks.

“Honestly if you want to do it and you’re fine with inconsistency, do it. But if you want something consistent and you think you are going to be working Monday to Friday and making over $2000 a week – no,” she said.

“So please if you’re thinking about doing traffic control, try your absolute best and do your research.”

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