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 $42,600, 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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Rigoberto

9 years of experience
706 reviews
Rigoberto
9 years of experience
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Niles, Illinois
Rigo was great! He got there early, finished the job early, left everything clean. He changed my rear pads and rotors. The original quoted time was 90 minutes, he was done in about 60. He knows what he is doing and I am recommending him to all my friends and coworkers.
Mercedes-Benz C250 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Chicago, Illinois
Rigo is a maverick hands down. Don’t take your car for work elsewhere. Especially great at Mercedes—this guy knows his profession! I will be using him for everything related to my car going forward.

Arturo

25 years of experience
35 reviews
Arturo
25 years of experience
Kia Forte - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
ARTURO is great! very professional , fast, replaced my front brake pads and oil an filter change. everything now works and works well. Brakes have much improved stopping power and engine is smooth and quiet.Arturo is also kind and thoughtful. "Your mechanic" is very fortunate to have Arturo Lopez represent your company. I enthusiastically recommend him and "Your mechanic> as a fine operation Best regards to the Team Peter Marto
Nissan Maxima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Diego, California
Arturo was prompt and completed my brake repair, including new rotors in a very efficient manner. I am very pleased with the quality of the work and the parts and will definitely look to have him service our other car in the near future.

Scott

32 years of experience
345 reviews
Scott
32 years of experience
Lexus IS250 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Denver, Colorado
Always on time, speedy, professional, and pleasant to interact with. The work is always consistent and we'll done. I can't reccomend Scott highly enough!

Michael

10 years of experience
15 reviews
Michael
10 years of experience
Nissan Sentra - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Conyers, Georgia
He was promptly on time and got the job done efficiently in a timely manner. I really appreciate the rapid respone on getting the job done! I would most definitely use this service again.

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