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California Auto Technician Salaries Outpace National Average

Auto TechnicianCalifornia has long been known as the most car-obsessed state in the nation, so perhaps it’s no surprise that automotive technicians in the state tend to make significant more than their counterparts nationwide, according to statistics provided by O*NET Online, the web-based employment resource sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Not only do auto technicians and mechanics tend to make more money in California, they tend to do so at all phases of their career.

In California, the median annual income for automotive technicians and is $38,800. This is nearly 10 percent higher than the $35,400 median annual salary for auto technicians in the U.S. as a whole. For entry-level technicians, represented in the lowest 10 percent of wage earners, the average annual salary is $22,500 in California vs. $19,800 nationally, a difference of nearly 14 percent. At the other end of the spectrum, the top 10 percent of automotive technicians, those with enough education, skills and experience to demand top-dollar for their services, earn an average $66,100 in the Golden State, more than 10 percent more than the $59,900 earned by the top tier of auto mechanics in the U.S. as a whole.
Prospects for automotive technicians in California is also healthier than in the nation generally, with job openings projected to have increased 7 percent in the state between 2008 and 2018, compared to 5 percent for America overall.

Automotive Technology Education Available at WyoTech

If having a career in automotive diagnostics, maintenance and repair is something that interests you, you can get the skills, training and experience you need to compete for entry-level positions in this growing field at WyoTech, one of the nation’s leaders in automotive career training. In California, the school offers a 12-month Automotive Technology career training program at its campuses in Long Beach and Fremont.

Taught by auto industry professionals, WyoTech’s Automotive Technology program combines traditional classroom instruction with intensive hands-on training in a modern workshop environment. There, students get to work on engines, drivetrains, chassis and other components of a variety of vehicle types from a range of major manufacturers, both domestic and imported.

When they graduate, students can take advantage of WyoTech’s Career Services department, which helps them match their skills with the needs of local employers and prepare them for their all-important job interviews.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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For more information on WyoTech’s Automotive Technology program and its California campuses, contact WyoTech today!

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* Source: O*NET Online/Career One Stop, Career Profile – Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics: Accessed 7/7/2011.

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