Out of trade school we start our service techs at $18.00 hr, no experience helpers start at $15.00 hr, our highest paid tech makes about $42.00 hr. we are a non union company. I have been in the trade for 40 years and never worked union. I have nothing to say bad about union, its a choice you need to make. Union is good for a lot of reasons, but not for everyone. We stay busy year round. Find a good solid company and keep your mind open to learn, never think you know it all. NO ONE DOSE!!!!!!