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How much do mechanics get paid?

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John’s Answer

It might be valuable to know HOW mechanics get paid, specifically: hourly pay vs. flat rate pay.

Hourly pay is as you expect: if you work 40 hours, you get paid 40 hours at whatever your negotiated pay is. This is generally how new mechanics are paid.

Flat rate is calculated differently. Every task has a set number of hours to complete it (quick fake example: 4 hours for brakes, 10 hours for a clutch, and so on.) Flat rate mechanics are paid by how many hours the task SHOULD take. If they're a new mechanic and a 4 hour brake job takes them 5 hours, they're still only being paid 4 hours, which isn't advantageous to a new mechanic. But if an experienced mechanic can do 4 hour brake jobs in 3 hours, and gets 3 such brake jobs done in 9 hours of actual work, they will be paid not 9 hours but 12 hours. This is the incentive for senior, knowledgeable mechanics to move quickly through their work when they know very well how to get it done.


On the topic of average income, in May 2019 the median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $42,090, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm#tab-5

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Mark’s Answer

The average salary for an auto mechanic ranges from $26,000 to $57,000 per year.

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James’s Answer

Around 60 thousand a year