How Much Money Can You Make As An Automotive Technician??The Answer May Surprise you!

How Much Money Can You Make As An Automotive Technician??The Answer May Surprise you!


hello Pittsburgh views YouTube channel my name is Brian and I’ve been an automotive technician for the past 20 years I recently wrote an article online stating that there were 43,000 openings for automotive technicians in the United States and I made this video so people could understand exactly how much money you can make being an automotive technician but I’m going to show you exactly how much I mean I’m not gonna tell you I’m going to show you so it all started for me when I at a young age my uncle worked at a Chevrolet dealer and he would get demos and on occasion he would he would swing by the house with a Corvette or a Camaro back when I was you know five or six and I instantly fell in love with performance cars so as years went on you know going through high school I wasn’t the brightest kid in school I graduated with a 1.9 average and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do but I really liked art class so as a cop out I’m like I’m going to art school so my senior year I signed up for art school and it started the month after had graduated in July which was a terrible idea most of my friends didn’t go to college right after high school so they were out partying having a good time I was waking up at 7 in the morning driving to the city for art school and I hated it I hated every minute of it I only lasted about six months I even skipped the fifth day of school so after that you know I had some dead-end jobs I had no direction I got a job at a landscaping company and I ended up working there for five years and I kind of grew up you know working there and I realized the only way I was gonna make any money in that field of I own my own business and I didn’t really want to do that so my father he was a shop teacher in school and he was very mechanically inclined he could fix anything so he worked on his own cars that I would help him I liked doing that and when I got my first car you know he taught me how to put brake pads on change the oil things like that night I enjoyed that so at the time I had an acura integra so I wanted the Acura dealer and they had for a technician so I went and talked to them and they said you know the first thing I need to do is get my state inspection and emissions licenses which require in Pennsylvania so while I was still landscaping I went to school you know it’s just a three day class for each license and while I was in the school the local Volkswagen Subaru dealer had to add said they were looking for an evening inspection we can it from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. so I applied there and they hired me with with no experience so I kind of got lucky with that so you know I asked them I’m like what do I need to bring to work they’re like nothing you know I asked about three times they’re like no you don’t need to bring anything I show up on the first day they’re like where’s your tools and you know I was oblivious I’m like what do you mean you said I don’t need to bring anything and they’re like well you know of course you need your tools so the next morning my dad and I went up to Sears you know I bought the big red toolbox and the 245 piece tool set and that’s how I got started so I started there I was only making $8 an hour hourly and I worked there two years you know I went flat rate you know within those two years and I think I topped out at like a lot of dollars an hour so I I didn’t make too much money you know back then then I went to a Pep Boys and they were paying like 16 dollars an hour so that was a huge raise for me here I was excited about that but the Pep Boys you had to work on every make and model and that was hard I had bought a lot of tools working for them and so I didn’t really like working on all his different cars so i friends of mine worked at the ford dealer why I currently work now so applied there and I got a job there that was in 2000 so I’ve been there off and on for 18 years so you know I started there like $13 an hour and I you know moved up moved up got more certifications became a senior master technician nine years ago and so I’ve been there total of 15 years 12 years in a row this last term if you’ve seen any of my other previous videos you know that I work at a Ford dealership right outside of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania it’s a little bit on the small side we sell about 50 to 60 new cars month and we have about 12 technicians most vehicle manufacturers offer plenty of training both online and in classrooms so to become a master technician for any particular brand takes a little bit of effort and it probably took me maybe five years of working with you know doing the online training and going to the classrooms and the dealership most dealerships will pay for all of their training so once you become a master technician you’re pretty much you know top pay grade so currently now I make twenty four dollars an hour flat rate I know if you’re not familiar with flat rate is it means I get paid per job so let’s say a brake job it pays an hour and a half if it takes me 20 minutes I get paid an hour and a half if it takes me two hours I get paid an hour and a half so if you’re efficient you can make a lot of money so I averaged roughly 65 hours a week and I work about 45 hours a week so that’s your efficient flat where it works out so if you work at a slow pace you know you can kind of get screwed up a little bit and you could end up working 45 hours with only make it 30 hours but that you know that happens to me sometimes if you’re doing a warranty repair that pays about 60 percent of a customer pay job so sometimes you you know I’d do an engine job and it’ll take me three days you know worth a labor and I’ll I get paid 16 hours something like that but usually I make up for so that being said flat rate for me it works out well something else I forgot to mention back when I was in third grade I was diagnosed with ADHD so it’s it’s struggling for me to remember things and you know it’s why I was tough for me in school the ADHD actually seems to help in my current career because I I can’t sit still so the more I’m working the more money I make which which works out for me so like I said I make 24 dollars an hour flat rate but every Ford dealer in the area that I know of they have a step to pay planned where the more hours you make you get you get like a bonus so if I make of 240 hours I get $24.50 hour if I make over 60 hours I get $3 an hour bonus for those 60 hours so I make 27 dollars an hour some of the other local Ford dealers they top out at five dollars an hour so that being said I’m gonna show you what I made for the past three years so like I said I work about 45 hours a week and I have to work one Saturday a month the average salary in the county that I live in is about fifty six thousand dollars a year the average salary in Pennsylvania is just over fifty six thousand dollars a year the average salary of the United States is about fifty-seven thousand dollars a year okay as you could see here in 2015 I made ninety eight thousand one hundred and ninety one dollars and forty one cents in 2016 I’m sorry this is a picture on my phone but as you could see here to date I made one hundred one thousand three hundred seventeen dollars and one cent the 2017 I made ninety one thousand five hundred and eighty-three dollars this year I’ve made 74 thousand nine hundred and sixty dollars and forty eight cents so that being said I’m on trying to make about 93 thousand dollars this year so that’s what I made from 2015 until present time but nowadays the start of a protection mission is much higher than was was when I started and a lot of dealers are actually offering sign-on bonuses so if you have a good work I think and you’re willing to hustle you should be able to make between 40 and 50 grand in your first few years I know a lot of people that went to college for four years ton of student debt and they’ll never make a hundred thousand dollars a year so I mean what I make annually is probably in the top fifteen percent in my area but I know there’s places where we’re guys made over 100 grand with you no no student loans so if you’re looking for a career where you can start making money right away without going to college for four years or having any student debt then maybe start looking into automotive technician if you have any questions at all about becoming an automotive technician or what that entails please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible thanks for checking out my video


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