Do you like the idea of having a rewarding career doing something that you actually enjoy? If so, then you might want to consider becoming a mechanic in Pennsylvania. Having an automotive technician job could be just the thing that you’ve been looking for. They are excellent jobs for those who like to solve problems and work with their hands, and they can lead to fulfilling career. Of course, those who are considering this type of work will likely want to know what kind of salary they can expect. It is important to remember that the actual salary can vary based on location, as well as the amount of training a person has, and whether or not they are certified in any areas.
Currently, the median salary for mechanic in the United States ranges from $31,000 to more than $41,000. Again, the variance comes from training, certification, and location. In the state of Pennsylvania, the mean annual wage is $37,690 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest earners in the state can earn close to $59,000, but they tend to have a substantial amount of training first.
Training can increase earning potential in Pennsylvania
Those who have more training and who are certified will make more and since most people want to earn as much as possible in their chosen career, they need to find the right type of training. The amount of training to become a mechanic can vary from six months to a year, or even two years for those who want to get a degree. The programs will have classwork as well as hands-on experience.
Having an ASE or Automotive Service Excellence certification can help to increase the salary even more. This ASE certification is offered through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and it is available in nine different areas. These areas include manual drivetrain and axles, electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, light vehicle diesel engines, heating and air-conditioning, suspension and steering, brakes, and automatic transmission and transaxle.
The more training you have, the more knowledge you have. This can make you more valuable to employers around the state of Pennsylvania. Naturally, this has the potential to give you a better overall salary. Having more knowledge also helps to increase a person’s job safety.
Top schools include the following:
- Johnson College
- Lincoln Technical Institute
- Rosedale Technical College
- York County School of Technology
- Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Types of training available for automotive technicians
There are a number of different types of training options for becoming a mechanic. In Pennsylvania, UTI, or the Universal Technical Institute, has a 51-week course that specializes in automotive technology training. This specialist school also offer advanced training specific to various manufacturers. There are other schools throughout the state as well such as the Automotive Training Center, All-State Career School, and Lincoln Tech.
There are vocational schools, colleges, certification programs and more for those who want to become an automotive mechanic. Jobs tend to go to those who have the most knowledge in the most training, so get what you need today if you want to follow this career path.
Consider working as a mobile mechanic
While there are many career options for mechanics, one option you might consider is working with YourMechanic as a mobile mechanic. YourMechanic technicians earn up to $60 an hour and complete all work onsite at the car owner's location. As a mobile mechanic, you control your schedule, set your service area, and serve as your own boss. Learn more and apply.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Pennsylvania? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.