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 $28,780. 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.

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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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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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