Anyone considering a career as a mechanic has to wonder, how much does an auto mechanic make? There is no simple answer as it varies based on experience, certification, position and even what state or city the mechanic works in.
- Many auto mechanics are not paid by the hour or by salary. Instead, they are paid on performance. The shop they work for will charge a client for a job based on the average hours it should take. The mechanic is then paid based on that estimate. Therefore, if an estimate is 1.5 hours the mechanic makes 1.5 hours of pay, whether it takes 1 hour or 2 hours.
- In 2008, the median wage for all auto mechanics and technicians combined was $16.88. The highest paying employers were local government and dealerships, with both paying around $20.00 per hour. Gas stations and auto parts stores paid the lowest, at around $15.00 per hour.
- Earning more certificates will give you access to more pay. While an average mechanic will earn around $35,000 per year, master mechanics can make up to $75,000-100,000 or more.
- The type of employer will affect pay. If you are able to work for a Porsche or BMW dealership you may be able to earn more than a local gas station repair shop, even with the same experience and credentials.
- As with most professions, mechanics working in city will earn more compared to mechanics working in rural areas.
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