Interested in becoming a mechanic in the state of Connecticut? If so, then it really makes good sense to learn more about how much you can expect to earn with automotive technician jobs in the state. Nationally, mechanics earn just over $40,000 per year on average. However, in the state of Connecticut, the average annual salary for auto technician jobs is in the range of $43,360, which is slightly higher than the national average. Of course, this is just the average in the state. Many auto mechanic jobs pay more than this, while some will pay less.
Your education and training can help you earn more
If you’re interested in earning as much per year as possible in your role as an automotive technician, then you’ll need to invest in training and education. There are several community colleges, trade schools and technical schools that offer this sort of education, including the following:
- Porter and Chester Institute
- Lincoln Technical Institute
- Bristol Technical Education Center
- Gateway Community College
Completing a course at these schools will give you the certification and basic education you need to enter the field, but they are not the end of your education journey. You’ll need to take things a step or two farther in order to ensure that you’re able to earn the highest auto mechanic salary in Connecticut.
Your first step should be to earn your ASE certification. Automotive Service Excellence certification is one of the most sought after credentials for dealerships, and it also carries weight with the general public. It speaks not only to your education and training, but to your dedication. Not all mechanics have the drive to complete their education and earn this certification.
You may also want to consider becoming dealership certified. Most automakers offer brand-specific training through branded dealerships and training centers. For instance, Honda requires that mechanics working in Honda-branded shops complete ongoing training regularly. They earn a certification for each level completed, eventually becoming master certified for the brand, although they will still need to complete ongoing training to keep up with changing automotive technology.
Supplement your income with work 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 Connecticut? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.