$30 an hour is more than $62,000 a year, plus full benefits. That's higher than the median income for households in the US. That isn't bad money, especially compared to the minimum wage we are talking about. If a family can't live well on $62,000 a year, I think they need to examine their money management skills.Depends on your location. None of those trades make that much money here, even with the training, licensing and experience. Most start at $17 an hour with a few topping out around $30 if you work weird hours, weekends and are on-call most of the time. The benefits provide a bit more compensation than just the base pay.