$28,000-$36,000 potential annual income† 6 month-2 year average time spent in role
When you’re first starting out, you’ll focus largely on express service and vehicle inspections, gaining basic familiarity with the vehicles and tools of the trade, and learning from more experienced technicians.
$40,000-$70,000 potential annual income† 2-5 year average time spent in role
Once you excel to the main line level, you’ll be able to handle most repairs without oversight. In this stage, you’ll work toward your bronze, silver, and gold certifications.
$54,000-$84,000 potential annual income†
A master technician is trusted to handle the more challenging work that comes in and to help support new apprentices in their career development. This is where you get the opportunity to focus specifically on your areas of interest. A Master Certification in Hybrid/Electric vehicles or Electrical/Electronics systems will be valuable as vehicle technology continues to advance.
You can also specialize in 11 other areas, including:
Achieving world-class status is the highest honor a technician can earn—and it's a great opportunity to increase your knowledge, your income, and your value to the shop. To reach world-class status, a technician must achieve a Master Technician Certification in either Engine Performance or Diesel Engine Performance, as well as seven other related Master Technician Certifications.
LEVERAGE YOUR SKILLS IN OTHER AREAS
The skills you develop as a technician can also allow you to branch out into additional roles outside of technician work that may be more suited to your areas of interest. For example:
CUSTOMER SERVICE–Interested in utilizing your automotive knowledge while also taking advantage of your people skills for more face-to-face interaction with customers? As a service advisor, you can work with customers to identify their needs and schedule service and maintenance appointments.
MANAGEMENT–If you’re looking to move into a position with more responsibility, becoming the manager of the Parts Department or Service Operations can involve overseeing dozens of technicians and hundreds of maintenance orders daily.
SHOP FOREMAN–The shop foreman serves as the supervisor for everything that goes on in the dealership. As a foreman, you’ll hire and train new technicians, oversee maintenance, and lend your expertise to complex repairs when necessary.
OWNERSHIP–With the right experience and drive, you could have the opportunity to own your own local dealership.