I am not arguing with Farmall_Bob here but if all I had to look forward to is a 10 to 15 dollar per hour wage after going to several schools put on by engine manufacturers, I'd choose a different career. Perhaps......mastering hamburger flipping would be in the cards. LOL
Mechanics are usually required to have their own tools and tool chest. It's not hard to spend several thousand dollars for those items even when you are working on small engines. The Federally Mandated Minimum Wage is $7.25 although individual States are not required to follow it apparently.
The 2012 Poverty Level was $23,050.00 of income per year for a family of 4. Do the math. A $15.00/hr wage rate means $120.00 per 8 hour day X 5 days to earn $600.00 per week before deductions. That's a mere $31,200.00 per year or just $8,150.00 above the level of abject poverty.
A $10.00/hr wage rate puts you below the Poverty Level at $20,800.00 annual income. Hardly what I would call inspirational either way. Life is what you make of it Whizkid. It all comes down to what YOU are willing to settle for. If this "hobby" of yours cannot provide you with a decent living, then find something that can and keep this hobby as a hobby.
If the area you live in pays slave wages, then pack your bags and move to a place where you can make some real money. There are only X number of days in your life. Every day that goes by is one less day you have in front of you. It's how you spend those days that matter because eventually you will get old and reach that point where you can no longer work. That isn't a threat...that is reality.