I'm not sure if I follow your post.
Did you have an interview with one of the r/c manufacturers then turn down their offer since you didn't like the salary? I'm not looking to start anything here (this thread is already volitile enough!) I just couldn't follow your post. I think I was sensing some sarcasm in your post, but I didn't know what you were getting at.
I myself am absolutely adicted to this hobby and often thought about trying to get a job with one of the r/c companies. I'm a chemical engineer, so I think the only ones that could use my services would be one of the fuel manufacturing companies. I have no idea what they pay their engineers or if the people that work for them enjoy their jobs. I of course, as many others do, like to think working for one of these companies would be like living in a dream world.....Go to work, make at least the national average salary for your particular expertise, get free equipment, and of course get to go racing all the time!
Anyways, back to the original topic: I've been reading this thread simply because I was hoping that someone with the actual info. would post. I'm just too curious!
I've always speculated, but I've never known the actual numbers. Of course, the people with the info won't give it up! Not like that's a bad thing.... us curious people are just dying to know!
I always assumed if you are talking about the top 20-30 in the world, those guys will have multiple sponsors. Each one probably pays them a small salary and incentives for doing well. My guess was always between 100-200K... but in reality I don't have a clue. When people mention 40-70K, I assumed that would be from one sponsor (probably the chassis sponsor), but these guys probably make money from a variety of different resources. I'd love to know though the overall number after all incentives and all salaries from the multiple sponsors.