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Just found out that auto Technicians are not well-paid. Start from $10/hour.
Originally, I thought this is very well-paid career.
Think about that I paid $115/hour to auto shop and who get $105/hour!

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Overhead= rent,supplies,insurance,workers comp.,vacations,office workers (not turning wrenches),payroll,then finally profit.

Adds up fast.

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Overhead= rent,supplies,insurance,workers comp.,vacations,office workers (not turning wrenches),payroll,then finally profit.

Adds up fast.
Still the starting pay is too low for a skill person. I remember walmart pays $8/hour at least.
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Agreed....but also keep in mind that the more an entry level mechanic starts out at inflates the Master mechs. at the end of the line. That being said, is how quite a bit of techs go to either end of the spectrum...out or up.

I am not arguing the fact that it is a low wage to begin, but, there are consequences to starting out at a higher rate. Most enrty level techs get the beginners tasks of oil changes,battery services,tire rotations,regular shop maintenance, until either work ethic is proven or simply experience comes into play.

It is a catch22 if you will=wont get the pay without the experience, but wont stick around for the experience because the pay has deemed it unworthy.

Spent many years struggling, trying to make it, sometimes didn't, before I was able to get ahead of the game.

Believe me, I feel your pain. This is why a lot of younger people don't want mechanical type jobs anymore, we are a dying breed. But, the upside to that is that we are becoming a higher demand needed force, so, we can call more shots than before when 500 people, with the same experience, were at our heels waiting to jump in.

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I would imagine the wage is different for chain shops (Goodyear, Tires Plus, etc.) than it is for a family owned/mom and pop shop.

My starting wage was $8 an hour Lifeguarding at age 16. Now I make $9.37 and I'm almost 20. It's time for new employment...


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Yeah...in 1986 when I was in high school, I was making $8.50 hr. working in the kitchen at Bob Evans....left for the military, years later,came home and realized the pay actually dropped....had to go a different direction. Now I build equipment for the energy sector globally.

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I'm working on finding an internship for this summer, but as a college student going into my junior year there aren't many available. Most places only select students going into their senior year...


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I'm in a "beginning" job and I make 17.20/hr, but I am also certified.
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I'm in a "beginning" job and I make 17.20/hr, but I am also certified.
Dang. Certified in what though?
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Overhead= rent,supplies,insurance,workers comp.,vacations,office workers (not turning wrenches),payroll,then finally profit.

Adds up fast.
+1. Lotsa expenses for a shop. Don't forget utilities: water and electricity at minimum to operate as a business.

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Dang. Certified in what though?
Engune Repair, Brakes, Steering and Suspension, Electrical and Heating/AC. Failed my Performance test by 3 questions.
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