DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - When it comes to jobs here at Dayton's future racino, officials tell 2 NEWS that just like construction crews at the site, they're just scratching the surface.
"These jobs are very valuable," says Penn National Gaming President Tim Wilmott. "They do stimulate the economy with spending on restaurants and auto dealerships all based on our employees."
But the 1,000 permanent direct and indirect jobs expected to be created by Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway are not expected to pay as well as the ones at the Delphi plant that was once there.
"They're probably not going to be the same rate and same level," says Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce President Phil Parker.
So what will you make if you're hired at the racino?
"Typically $35,000 to $40,000 is the average salary," Wilmott says. "That includes benefits."
That doesn't sound too bad, but it's important to remember much of that money depends on tips.
"We're in the hospitality industry and a lot of the wages earned are through the gratuities from the customers," Wilmott says.
Those tips will depend on how many people go to the racino, which already has some competition.
It will open around the same time as another racino 30 minutes south on Interstate 75.
On top of that other Ohio casinos advertise in the Dayton area.
But Wilmott still expects 3,000 to 5,000 visitors a day.
"We think this location is very well suited for the population base within a 10 to 15 minute drive," Wilmott says.
Wilmott expects a big opening but admits that the number of workers could drop off after that before going back up in years two and three.
"That is very typical for casino openings," Wilmott says. "You have a lot of fallout and turnover early on and then your business stabilizes."
Wilmott says efforts to fill the 1,000 positions will start in the fall.
The facility is expected to open in summer 2014.
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