How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Illinois?

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Interested in pursuing an automotive technician job in Illinois? If you have a passion for automotive technology, this can be a lucrative career choice. The nationwide average for a mechanic’s annual salary is just over $40,000. However, the average auto mechanic salary in Illinois is $43,600, which is quite a bit over the national average. Moreover, this is just an average – there are mechanic jobs that will pay significantly more than this, as well as those that will pay less.

It starts with auto mechanic school

While you can work your way up in the industry without a formal education, understand that this is the slow route to success, and there is a chance that you will never earn as much as a mechanic with their certification and credentials. Enrolling in an auto mechanic school will give you the education you need to get started and teach you all the important basics about automotive technology, maintenance and repair. There are several good schools in Illinois, including the following:

After earning your certification and graduating from the school, you’ll be prepared for entry-level positions, or even a more advanced job. However, it is critical to understand that your education is not finished, not if you want to earn the highest automotive technician salary possible.

The next step is to pursue ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification. This is the gold standard for the industry, and ASE certified master technicians earn considerably more than their counterparts without certification, even if they have the same amount of experience. You can pursue general mastery, or you can complete specializations that allow you to fill niches in the industry.

There’s also the potential for dealership certification if you take a position working with a branded auto dealership. These courses are mandated by automakers, and are centered on automaker technology and design. This allows you to specialize in that brand, and you can take your training and experience to any dealership that sells that automaker’s vehicles.

Supplement your income with work as a mobile mechanic

Get the education you need, and commit to ongoing training and certification. Compare your employment options, and you’ll find that embarking on a mechanic career is an excellent choice.

While there are many career options for mechanics, one option you might consider is working with YourMechanic as a mobile mechanic. YourMechanic technicians earn up to $60 an hour and complete all work onsite at the car owner's location. As a mobile mechanic, you control your schedule, set your service area, and serve as your own boss. Learn more and apply.


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Robert

11 years of experience
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Robert
11 years of experience
Infiniti FX35 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Springfield, Virginia
Early arrival....great work....Thank you so much for your services...will be using and recommend you for sure to family n friends!!!! God bless you
Honda Odyssey - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Derwood, Maryland
Showed up on time (actually early!l Answered any questions I had. Completed service quicker than expected! Even helped with tire that had a slow leak.

Augustine

11 years of experience
37 reviews
Augustine
11 years of experience
Hyundai Accent - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Albuquerque, New Mexico
I had an appointment to have brakes/rotors done. Augustine is a very nice guy. Personable and polite! He came 30 minutes early for the appointment, and asked me if he could come early before he came. Top quality, will use him again for rear brakes/rotors in a few weeks.
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Augustine was amazing. He was the perfect example of customer service all around. While he was working, I was recommending him to my neighbors. Next time I need work, I will be requesting Augustine specifically!!!!! Please give him a raise or bonus!!!

Chris

21 years of experience
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Chris
21 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Mission Viejo, California
Chris is outstanding in all aspects. We always select him to service our vehicles. He's always prompt, friendly, and more importantly HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING! Thanks Chris!
Lexus SC430 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Laguna Niguel, California
Chris's delivered excellent service and arrived ahead of schedule. I would want to book Chriss for my next service appointment.

Christopher

9 years of experience
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Christopher
9 years of experience
Kia Rondo - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Houston, Texas
Christopher is very knowledgeable about diagnosing the problem, repairing it, and discussing why it is important to fix it. I appreciate him letting me know what future maintenance is necessary. Christopher is very professional while having the ability to making the customer feel at ease. I am satisfied with his work.

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