How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Iowa?

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Pursuing an automotive technician job can be very rewarding. It allows you to take your passion for vehicles and translate that into a lucrative career. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a mechanic in the US is just over $40,000. In Iowa, the average auto mechanic salary is $38,780. While this is slightly below the national average, it is higher than in several other states. It’s also important to realize that this is an average, and many jobs will actually pay more. Of course, you need to ensure that you’re the best candidate for those higher paying jobs.

Education is of key importance

While you can work your way slowly up the ladder and eventually become a mechanic, it’s far better to get the education you need right away. Completing a course at a community college, vocational school or tech school can ensure that you have a firm understandings of the basics of automotive technology and take advantage of entry-level positions in your area of Iowa. There are actually quite a few auto mechanic schools in the state that can offer the education you need, including the following:

After completing your course, you will have the knowledge needed to enter the workforce. However, you shouldn’t stop there. While earning your certification is the right first step, it is only one of several. You will now need to improve your education and training. That can be done partially through experience gained on the job, but it’s a better bet to go for ASE certification. Becoming an ASE-certified master tech ensures that you will have higher paying job options. Remember that hirers want to see knowledge and training, and nothing trumps ASE certification.

There’s also the option of going through dealership certification if you choose to work with an auto dealer. Most branded dealerships today are required to put their technicians through a certification process. This teaches those technicians about the technology and design used by the automaker. Once you’ve earned your certification, you have that knowledge forever, and can take it with you to another dealership, or any other employer.

Supplement your income with work as a mobile mechanic

Get your education, and then carefully consider your options. There is a rewarding career path for you.

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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20 years of experience
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Chevrolet Camaro - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Jose, California
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Theodore
15 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Everett, Washington
Theodore arrived on time, he did a great job replacing my brakes on my Camry, I will definitely work with him again.
Subaru Outback - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Renton, Washington
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Matthew

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Matthew
32 years of experience
Jeep Wrangler - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Yorktown, Virginia
We've been using Your Mechanic services for a few years, for a few reasons. The convenience of having an expert mechanic "on-call," the great pricing and transparency for services (saving 10% - 25% at times), most of all Matt is our go-to guy who is highly qualified, knowledgeable in the work and knows how to explain it to us in detail.
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Jason

31 years of experience
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Jason
31 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Mateo, California
Jason was very professional and friendly. He provided extremely honest and helpful advice on issues with my Altima that would require proactive future maintenance.

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