Heavily tattooed lollipop lady bites back after trolls say ‘anyone’ can do her job

A young traffic controller has shut down critics who claimed her job was easy by revealing the eye-watering amount she can earn in a five-day working week. 

TikTok user Chloe Brianna shares clips, often in hi-vis gear, detailing her experience as a fly-in-fly-out road worker in country Victoria.

In one video, which has now gone viral with more than one million views, Chloe said she ‘loved her job’ and revealed her pay can be more than $3000 in a single week – of which she takes home more than $2200 after tax.

She did clarify in the clip that that the amount for the week included higher rates for ‘nightshift and living away as a traffic controller’, but also added her accommodation while away was paid for.

She said this was for FIFO traffic control work

Chloe Brianna shared a clip to TikTok which has gone viral with more than a million views in which she explained how much she can earn as a fly-in-fly-out traffic controller (pictured)

She posted the clip after some viewers made cruel comments that it ‘wasn’t a real job’.

‘This is an easy and unskilled job,’ one person said. 

‘Don’t you get bored just standing there all day,’ another said. 

Chloe replied that it was ‘one of the best jobs in the world’ and ‘though it can be mentally challenging it’s worth it’. 

In a breakdown of her hours and pay, Chloe said she worked a 13-hour shift on Monday and was paid $672.44 plus another $76.88 as a living away allowance. 

She worked a slightly shorter shift on Tuesday at 12-hours and earned $606.22 plus the same living away bonus.

On Wednesday and Thursday she also worked 12-hours each day, earning the $606.22 and the allowance for each day.

Friday was a half shift at 5.25-hours and she made $275.16 with no allowance for that day.

All up she worked 66.25 hours and earned more than $3073.75 before tax and $2280.75 after tax. 

She later explained that this was a particularly good week and that her pay can vary, for example in another week she made $2379 before tax. 

But at a conservative estimate of $2,000 a week, and if she managed to work every week, this would be a more than $100,000 a year job.

Chloe said she loved her job

Her video came in response to critics who said the job was easy

Chloe said she loved her job and shared the clip in response to critics who said her job was easy

Other traffic controllers sharing their experiences to TikTok have revealed that the work can be irregular, however, and that some weeks there can be no shifts. 

Some commenters also pointed this out with one saying: ‘Not hating but every traffic control person ain’t making that a week.’

‘Then she’ll have 3 weeks off because every girl in Australia trying to do this,’ another added.

Maria Kafelas, 21, shared a clip in late 2021 in which she said videos about being a lollipop lady posted to social media were misleading. 

‘I’ve been seeing a lot of TikTok (videos) in regards to traffic control, and they are all positive,’ she rants in her post. 

‘They tell you how much money they make and how many hours they work.

‘They are giving people false hope about traffic control… it has got to be the most inconsistent job I have ever done in my life.’

Ms Kefalas goes on to reveal speculation that lollipop ladies repeatedly earn $2000 a week working from Monday to Friday as pure fantasy given all traffic control workers in Australia are employed casually. 

‘Some weeks yes, I had five days of work – but then I was off for two weeks,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

Maria Kefalas, 21, previously pointed out working in testing temperatures as a lollipop lady was part of the job

Maria Kefalas, 21, previously pointed out working in testing temperatures as a lollipop lady was part of the job

‘On other occasions I had phone calls at 11pm asking me to be on a job site at 6am the following day or to drive two hours out of Melbourne on short notice for a 12 hour shift.

‘It isn’t a stable income by any means.’

Her advice for Australians considering a career in traffic control was to join a union.

‘That is where they have all the money – if you get rained off, they pay for it and you’ll have consistent work,’ she said.

‘Otherwise don’t do it.’

Are traffic controllers well paid?

It’s complicated, but usually not as well as you’d think.

The award rate nationally for a traffic controller is $29.79 per hour – but it can be as much as $120 an hour.

The pay rate is better for traffic controllers on union jobs, but that work is harder to find and in short supply.  

Traffic controllers with the CFMEU union in Victoria can earn up to $55.08 per hour. 

The rate climbs to $99.15 per hour if working overtime. 

On public holidays, they make up to $121.18 per hour.

Full-time traffic controller roles in Victoria are typically advertised to earn between $50,000 and $70,000 a year. 

According Seek.com.au, the median annual salary in NSW for a traffic controller is $76,249.  

Across Australia, the most common salary advertised for traffic controllers is between $40,000 and $60,000.

Australian lollipop ladies answer the question EVERYONE wants to know about the job – and the huge downside of the gig

Australian traffic controllers have taken to social media to answer questions about the job, including whether drivers flirt with them.

Amelia Brady and Unity Adams confirmed that they do get ‘hit on’ by drivers while trying to do their roadside jobs.

‘All the time,’ Ms Brady confirmed in a video filmed in her car while on the job in Perth.

Amelia Brady (pictured above) and Unity Adams confirmed in separate TikToks as part of the 'Questions I get asked' viral craze that yes, they do get hit on while trying to do their roadside jobs

Amelia Brady (pictured above) and Unity Adams confirmed in separate TikToks as part of the ‘Questions I get asked’ viral craze that yes, they do get hit on while trying to do their roadside jobs

Meanwhile, Ms Adams, who is also a nursing student and online bikini model, claims she’s ‘hit on 24/7,’ while working in traffic control. 

She answered questions about the job under a video titled  ‘what’s it like working as a traffic controller – female edition’.   

Ms Adams exposed the realities of the job, which included getting cat-called every 20 minutes, having angry men yell at her to get off the road and being forced to listen to tradies constantly talking about other women.

She says while her male colleagues did not hit on her, members of the public did.

‘This video is not about male colleagues or anyone I work with. It is about the public pedestrians that walk by.’

Traffic controllers have taken to TikTok in recent months, sometimes boasting about their pay – which can be up to $2,000 a week in some cases – and other times complaining about boring work exposed to hot and cold weather.

When another woman asked about the pay, Ms Taylor said: ‘Only pays well if you are doing long hours.’ 

Another Aussie female traffic controller, Paris Taylor (pictured above), had a different verdict on the work in her TikTok video

Another Aussie female traffic controller, Paris Taylor (pictured above), had a different verdict on the work in her TikTok video

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