How Much Does a Mechanic Make in New Mexico?

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Thinking about applying for an automotive technician job in New Mexico? The automotive industry has grown significantly in recent years, and while New Mexico has fewer employed mechanics than some other states, this can be a lucrative career with the right planning and preparation. Nationally, the average salary for an automotive technician is around $27,000, but in New Mexico, it’s slightly higher, coming in at $28,570 per year. With the right training and some strategy, you can actually earn substantially more than that, though.

Training and education are vital

In order to earn a higher automotive technician salary, you’ll need to complete a course at an auto mechanic school. There are trade schools, tech schools, and community colleges in several areas of New Mexico offering these types of courses, and most of them last about a year, although you can find some longer, more in-depth courses, as well. Your options for education include the following schools:

After completing your course, you’ll be prepared and equipped for an entry-level position within the automotive industry. However, if you want to rise beyond that point and earn more money, you’ll need to invest in yourself through further training. ASE certification is the best way to proceed, and you can choose to specialize in certain areas, such as air conditioning repair or transmissions, or you can become a full ASE certified master technician, which proves that you have in-depth knowledge and expertise in virtually all areas of automotive technology. Hirers are more likely to pay a higher salary to ASE certified technicians, and it is also an important consideration if you decide to open your own shop.

If you decide that you’re better served by working at a dealership, it will definitely be in your best interest to complete dealership certification. These programs are generally sponsored by the automaker and the dealership, and provide you with further training and education regarding the automaker’s specific technology and vehicle designs. This type of training will definitely help you earn more in your current position, but it can also be useful if you decide to look for employment elsewhere, particularly at a private repair shop, or another dealership selling the same brand.

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Carefully consider your options, and make sure you have the training and certification needed for success in automotive technician jobs. With those considerations in place, you can expect to enjoy a rewarding career.

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

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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
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Arturo

25 years of experience
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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

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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!

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Nissan Sentra - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Conyers, Georgia
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