I've said it time and time again- pay peanuts and you get monkeys.
I'm on about £13 per hour (which here in the Manchester, UK is STILL not enough to buy a house).
As an aside, I CAD/CAM, setup, run and inspect everything- as a previous poster said- from concept straight through to delivery and follow up. I'm a member of the Chartered Quality Institute and have over 25 years experience in my field.
Now... here's a thing worth considering- even at this wage level (which is off your scale), our company had to advertise nationaly for over SIX MONTHS before getting someone (me) to fill the position.
I beleive the skill base has been eroded to such an extent that it simply is not there anymore. The optical skills I learned during my apprenticeship were taught by guys who, by age, should have been retired- they were only working because no- one else had the skills. They had forgotten more stuff than I could ever learn, but I picked up so much off them and now... there's no- one to pass this knowledge on to. It will die with me I spose, which is a bit sad really.
One other thing while I'm on the soap box- I have mates here in the UK who have never worked a day in their lives. The State gives them money every two weeks, pays for their council house rent, their council tax etc etc. When you consider I'm paying over 500 quid a month rent and utilities etc when you factor everything in to consideration they are actualy earning MORE than me.
I couldn't do that though, but it is annoying when you come home from a hard days work, covered in oil, chips and a head full of maths to see them sat in their garden slugging beers and smoking *cough* stuff... for free.
But then again, I can see their point- why work when they can get it for free. You may not beleive me, but I know of at least one person who had another kid purlely cos she would get more money off the State (serious).