Somehow I don't think 'compensation' is a big deal with theses guys (or gals) Sucks on a lightning day...... Hey Cokehead, when the wife says "Enjoy your day skydiving, honey', I'm thinking you may need to think about why she wants you to become Evil Knievel's clone.
I met a young man from Jackman, Maine a few years ago, who was fearless in the forest products arena, and a Cell Tower Company from Chicago came to recruit HIM. Right out of high school.....85K; handful of credit cards; took him to the local truck dealer and said: pick out what you want and meet us in Minnesota in 7 days if you want the job. Yes, he's still at it; works all over the country, and doesn't EVER say "Huh, r u for real?". His 401K would make all of us happy today!
BTW, helicopters are now a big part of this work......short ride to the top......more tools onboard, too.