Probably an average of all levels, 1st year and 30 year, Florida and New york. Still think were underpaid for what we do versus teachers accountants, etc people with professional degrees. should have worked harder in school.
when the article talks about "cost of parts, transportation, and overhead" it seems they are lumping in the shop owners in their goofball article.
in this town, three shops have closed in the last year, so apparently some of the owners aren't doing so hot. well, actually, at one place they closed owing to the death of the owner, so all his hands joined those already in the game of musical chairs after RNC shut down.
have been looking for a job for a while. get the refrain, "we are slow" all over the place. usually a quick glance around makes a feller think they are telling the truth. (so I guess by the end of this week I will have an app on file everywhere in town. after that, I guess you progressively expand the search radius. or apprentice in a life of crime, become a mountain man, Somali pirate, welfare bum, beach bum, ski bum, or who knows?)
I have seen senior techs I know painting the shop office, sweeping the floors, and washing the vans. they told me one place I had just missed seeing the parking lot being pressure-washed. (boy, it looked nice) so I can appreciate the owners' dilemma.
I notice the parking lots at the parts houses are usually empty. one place laid off everyone but two and they are working 6 hours a day. at least they only have to drive in four days a week now, so at least that was considerate of management letting them get their hours that way, save some fuel.