This is sort of a niche business, there are not many business's out there that just do "commercial kitchen" repair, most are full service to include light plumbing and even some light electrical as well as commercial and residential HVAC so, you may have to define your request just a bit to get a better answer.
Sorry to be a pain but once you get me started on pay I could write all day about my experience in the field for my location...suffice it to say it can be summed up in just one word:
Sometimes I just feel like printing out all the posts here on pay and giving it to every company owner in town with a note that says "here's your sign" you know? They piss and moan about not being able to keep good techs, yet they are building dream houses and driving new vehicles on the backs of the very techs who are ball busting to survive on the two incomes that their family brings in to make ends meet.
You want a profitable, successful company? Take care of your employees like they are your lifes blood; you will get a dedicated loyal employee who will go the extra mile every time you ask AND you can draw the top techs in your area without any problems.
Just a thought.
"I don't care what you could get it off the net for, they wont warranty it and neither will I"!
And if you don't like my "flat rate up front pricing" try and negotiate the price on that big mac you just bought pricing is exactly the same method!
I worked for a company in St.louis for two years as a apprentice and it sucked the worst...! Cleaning fryers and trouble shooting all kinds of nasty . The top tech made between 20 and 30 hr and he had 15 years. This was not union so to me it wasn't a whole lot for the experience and the crud you had to go through and the dirty kitchens you had to be in. Trust me.. I was hired in to be the Refrigeration apprentice under one guy. He quit two weeks after I started because of pay and lack of refrigeration calls. I found out that I too was there to work on commercial kitchen equipment and maybe alittle refrigeration - Out of the two years I was there I saw maybe a dozen Ice makers and flakers!!! I didnt' learn **** and wish I hopped in with the tech that left.
If your not getting the results you desire then change. People change from either desperation or inspiration.
In Los Angeles, California the pay for a starting apprentice is $12.75 an hour and for a journeyman its at $40 an hour which you can reach after 5 years in the appenticeship. These amounts do not cover their total wage packages which is another $5 to $8 an hour.