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Re: Pay Wages For Small Engine Mechanics

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Farmall Bob

02-23-2013 17:47:10

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Hi Whizkid,
I don"t know why you would like to work for someone else if you enjoy what you are doing and are good at it? If you would like to take a course you can always go to night school. I have worked for myself for over (20) years and wouldn"t have it any other way. Though I do love working on tractors as my hobbie. I would guess around here mechanics earn between $10-$15depending on experience.

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Tom Arnold

02-24-2013 06:07:37

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 Re: Pay Wages For Small Engine Mechanics in reply to Farmall Bob, 02-23-2013 17:47:10  
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.

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Farmall Bob

02-24-2013 11:43:22

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 Re: Pay Wages For Small Engine Mechanics in reply to Tom Arnold, 02-24-2013 06:07:37  
Yep, thats about right if you work for someone else and they are paying your insurance, and benifits, for starting off. Unless you are in a management position you get more. In a poor state like mine. Lots of people here holding down (2) jobs just to stay even.

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02-24-2013 09:01:31

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 Re: Pay Wages For Small Engine Mechanics in reply to Tom Arnold, 02-24-2013 06:07:37  
One thing that Tom forgot to throw in his figures is the cost of insurance which according to radio and TV is going to be mandated. If you are good at it I would start someplace on your own even if its part-time. Word gets around if your are good and do the work at a fair price. You can build on it from there. Good luck if you plunge in.

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Farmall Bob

02-24-2013 16:40:25

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 Re: Pay Wages For Small Engine Mechanics in reply to JohnDY, 02-24-2013 09:01:31  
John, you are right! Start part time working for yourself, and get established. You have started on a shoe string so to speak. But the key is you have to work for yourself, since working for someone else just isn"t going to cut the mustard. That"s why there is a lot of folks in my poor state that work for themselves.

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