Tesla Provides Details On Wages, Employment, Construction Costs For Battery Gigafactory


Reno-Gazette-Journal posted a Tesla Gigafactory article with some tidbits on employment and wages that caught our attention:

Staffing for the battery plant will include:

• 4,550 production associates paid $22.79 per hour

• 200 material handlers paid $22.79 per hour

• 460 equipment technicians paid $27.88 per hour

• 360 quality technicians paid $27.88 per hour

• 930 engineers and senior staff paid $41.83 per hour.

Wages paid by Tesla for the gigafactory will total $353.6 million per year at full employment The figure does not include construction employment.

Additionally, there’s detailed info on gigafactory construction costs in the Reno Gazette-Journal article:

Tesla also provided a more detailed breakdown of the $5 billion in capital investments it will make on the facility through 2028. The cost for the building and site infrastructure will be $1.1 billion. Machinery and equipment will account for the remaining $3.9 billion, including materials processing and product assembly.

Hit up the link below for more details on Tesla’s Nevada gigafactory.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

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25 Comments on "Tesla Provides Details On Wages, Employment, Construction Costs For Battery Gigafactory"

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The LA Times listed Nevada’s lower minimum wage as one of the key reasons Tesla chose Nevada. LOL.

I’m not a US citizen, but $22.79 for a basic manufacturing job sounds quite ok to me. Do you know any numbers on minimum wage or average manufacturing salary?

NV suffered badly in the great recession. This $22.74 p/hr, is good money especially there.
I pay $25 myself. People will be trampling all over themselves to get on there.
It’s pretty good.

It’s almost like I would move to NV to get a job at the factory with these kind of salaries.

and Veterans should be double-time to get there.

Especially the engineers.

Something is bothering me here; if as is commonly known the Model 3 comes out in 2017 or even 2018 then the demand will be much more than 500 000 cars per year! Not only that but just by looking at the size of this factory I would say that it should produce more batteries than 500 000 cars per year. I would say 2 million cars per year. Can anyone tell me if I am right or wrong here?

I think you’re absolutely right that Model ≡ demand will easily exceed 500,000 cars/year.

If Elon Musk says max capacity is 500,000 battery packs/year, I guess that’s what we have to go with, unless future improvements in batteries or manufacturing allow for more.

Tesla will barely get this gigafactory up to capacity before they will have to be building another one.

Thanks Rick

About 30% of the battery production will be for grid and home storage.

Tony, I think that 30% will change. I suspect that the energy storage for home use will increase much faster than the sales of EVs. And if it does then this will accelerate the drop of price of the kwh of batteries which in turn will help the sales of EVs and Tesla in particular. Let me know what you think.

Exactly. Look up “Geometric growth”, or the right-wing’s favorite term: “Hockey Stick” graph.

500,000 cars per year.
500,000 battery packs per year.
7,000 cells per battery pack.
3,500,000,000 cells per year.

Three billion five hundred million cells per year. Wow!

Don’t get too carried away with flights of fancy.

For comparison, the BMW 3-series in it’s BEST year 2002, only managed 560,000 units world wide. This number was then eroded with the growth of both MINI and the X3 & 1-series.

Unless the Model III is actually a Camry competitor…

I do not think that there will be any one in the west that will buy an ICE when the price of a kwh battery is $100.
Add to that that Tesla will provide the fuel free for life from the sun. I also suspect that not before long many will follow Tesla; which will make it even better for Tesla since they already have the edge. Point and case Tesla is in talks with BMW.

Gigafactory will produce batteries for also stationary energy storage solutions. About 30 % of production capacity of gigafactory is today allocated for energy storage solutions.

Also Gigafactory is doing lot more than mere battery cells. It is producing its own electricity (wind+solar+geothermal+energy storage) and also there are lines for old battery recycling. And of course battery pack assembly lines.

$87K per year for an engineer is pretty cheap, especially near California.

$87k per year is about what an average starting salary for fireman, policy and typical starting engineering salary out of school in SF Bay Area.

SF may only several hundred miles from the Gigafactory but is light years in pay. There is no correlation from proximity.

I would expect that this is a production engineer starting price and that a large portion of the compensation may be in Options or other profit/performance based instruments.

But yeah, seems kinda cheap. Unless there are just a bunch of spare engineers laying around???

Then again, this is Nevada. Not the Seattle/Portland/SFO/LAX engineering ring of fire.

I am really surprised at the 4550 production workers. I figured that the only way to get the battery price low enough was to have a very highly automated manufacturing system with as few employes as possible.

No statement that all will be working on day 1, and,heheh, Timeline is definitely squishy in Tesla-land (no slam intended).

But against the number of batteries listed by Illuminati above? That -would- be a small number of floor employees.

Tesla had better keep an eye on SOLID STATE BATTERIES.

SAKTI3 said these will be in consumer devices in 2 years, 3-4 for autos.

I am absolutely confident that when a better, proven, dependable and cost effective successor to lithium arrives, Tesla will lead the way.

the claims of SAKTI3 are bogus. In real life they do not have even working production prototype ready. What they have is some background on basic research knowledge from university laboratory plus computer models of solid state cells by SAKTI3.

This is by no means mean that they are anyway near of production ready product. But of course they must present exaggerated claims in order to attract ultra high risk venture capital and therefore finance their basic research, if they happen to strike into gold vein. It is just sad fact that there is not much gold lying around that you could just pick up. Therefore it is highly improbable that SAKTI3 will have any commercial success.

Didn’t Sakti was just acting as a processing/manufacturing solution provider.
They don’t seems to want to produce those battery themselve as much as selling by royalty or agrement their recipie.
Is that right?