If you have been thinking about becoming a mechanic so you can qualify for automotive technician jobs in the state of Virginia, it’s important to have a good idea of not only the training you need, but also some of the certifications that are available. Naturally, money is going to be a big question as well. You certainly want to know about an auto mechanics salary to have an idea of what you could be making. It is important to realize that the amount of money mechanics can make varies quite a bit based on the state they are in, as well as a number of other factors.
The median wage for mechanics in the United States can vary from between $31,000 and $41,000. That is a substantial amount of wiggle room, and it is even true that some mechanics are going to make far more than the $41,000. There are a number of reasons for this. First the location is a huge factor. In addition, the amount of training and certifications that a mechanic has will also play a role in the amount of money they can make as well as their demand by employers.
In the state of Virginia, the annual mean wage for a mechanic is higher than it is in many other parts of the country. According to the Bureau of Labor and statistics, it is $43,270 per year. For the master mechanics and those who have a number of certifications the number can climb much higher, closer to $90,000 per year.
Make more with training and certifications
When an employer is looking for a mechanic to join their team, they want to find somebody who has a substantial amount of knowledge and skill. This doesn’t mean that they don’t accept people who are new to the field, but if you have a few certifications, it could increase your chance of getting hired and it could increase the amount of money that you make.
Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE certification, is highly sought after. They have nine certifications available, and those who have gone through the training and pass the exams to become certified in these areas become master mechanics. They have certification available in electronic systems, engine performance, manual drivetrain and axles, engine repair, light vehicle diesel engine, suspension and steering, brakes, automatic transmission, and heating and air-conditioning.
Get the right training
There are a number of different types of training programs available for automotive technicians today. There are vocational schools, and some that even start training in high school. There are also colleges, generally community colleges, that offer training in the field of auto mechanics.
There are plenty of schools in the state that offer the necessary training. Learn what it takes to become an automotive technician, get the certification you need, and start earning.
- Advanced Technology Institute
- Patrick Henry Community College
- Danville Community College
- Tidewater Tech
- New River Community College
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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Virginia? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.