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what is the best area to live in to be an auto mechanic

What's the best area to live in to be an auto mechanic with good pay?

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Kim’s Answer

Jasmine,

Congrats on your interest in skilled trades!

The term " good pay" is relative. Would you be better off with $40,000 in San Antonio or $65,000 in San Francisco? Please learn two things as you start out in life:
1. about Cost of Living Calculators - they will help you compare two different locations to get a better perspective. You will need more than twice as much to live in San Francisco! https://www.nerdwallet.com/cost-of-living-calculator/compare/san-antonio-tx-vs-san-francisco-ca

2. Managing money -learning to live below your means, creating an emergency fund so you don't have to run up a balance on credit cards, etc. You don't learn personal finance all at once. It's a struggle, lots of trials and errors. The key is to keep the errors to a minimum!

Also, if you leave friends and family behind, there will likely be some traveling back and forth to factor in.

I don't know if there's a best place to be a mechanic. I don't know of too many garages that are heated and cooled, so I'd want to work somewhere with tropical weather. Honolulu? Oops, same cost of living as San Francisco! You get the idea. . .

I'd like you to consider aircraft mechanic. Lots to learn, but, earning potential is awesome! And for either car or plane mechanic, consider joining the military for a few years to get off to a good start.

Best of luck!
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Luke’s Answer

My quick and dirty answer would be any metropolitan area. There will be lots of people driving cars that will inevitably need servicing.
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Rube’s Answer

As mentioned before, an area may have awesome pay but be expensive to live in. For example, some areas in California pay very well, but the cost of living is high than in other areas. I had a friend move to Connecticut because of "better pay," only to find out the cost of living was outrageous. I recommend staying nearby and applying to a couple of places nearby to get an idea of your pay and area before you scope out. This may help you save some money in the meantime. The big cities may offer better pay, but the cost of living will be drastically different than the suburbs. Yes, commuting closer to the city may help but do you want to live outside the city and commute daily? A few areas I would recommend looking into are cities in Florida, Texas, and Georgia. I spent some time in Texas; it was affordable, and jobs were everywhere. I say Georgia because that's where I grew up; it was affordable, and jobs were everywhere. Florida was recommended to me by a friend.
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