Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Tennessee?

How Much Does a Mechanic Make

Those who have been contemplating a new career path and who are thinking about becoming a mechanic will naturally want to know more about automotive technician jobs. The career can be quite rewarding, and it could be a good option for those who enjoy working with their hands and who love vehicles. Naturally, people who are interested in becoming mechanics will also want to have a better understanding of just how much it can pay.

The median salary for mechanics in the United States is currently between $31,000 to more than $41,000. And number of factors go into the varied pay. The location is one of those factors. In the state of Tennessee, the current mean wage for mechanics is $39,480 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, mechanics in the state can make up to $61,150. One of the major reasons for the variance in pay is due to knowledge and certifications. Employers tend to want people who have as much knowledge and skill as possible, so they look for people who have quality training and certifications.

If you would like to become a mechanic, you will need to have proper training. Fortunately, it is quite easy to find.

Increase your earning potential with training and certification

If you have quality training and certification, you stand to make more money when you become a mechanic in Tennessee. The amount of training needed to enter into the field can vary, but it is generally between six months in a year. This is just to enter the field. There are also certification programs available that can provide people with even more training.

For example, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers ASE certification (Automotive Service Excellence) in nine different fields. You can complete one, several, or all of the ASE certification courses. Those who complete all of the courses are deemed master mechanics. Naturally, those who have the certification are highly sought after and stand to make a substantial amount of money over those who are fresh to the field and who have no certifications.

The ASE offers certification for electronic systems, engine performance, manual drivetrain and axles, engine repair, light vehicle diesel engines, heating and air-conditioning, brakes, steering suspension, and automatic transmission and transaxle. Gaining certifications over the course of a career can be a great way to continue increasing earning potential.

Training options for automotive technician jobs

There are a number of automotive tech schools located in Tennessee, including Lincoln Tech which is in Nashville. A very popular school that offers an automotive program that last s 51 weeks is UTI, or the Universal Technical Institute. It has campuses located around the country and it offers hands-on and classroom work.

It is possible to find training through vocational schools, technical schools, and aforementioned specialty schools. In addition, some community colleges will also offer training in this field. Take the time to learn more about the training that you need to enter the field and become an automotive technician so you can start earning.

The following are some top schools for training:

You might want to work with YourMechanic

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.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.


More related articles

P3403 OBD-II Trouble Code: Cylinder 1 Deactivation/Intake Valve Malfunction
P3403 code definition The P3403 code is defined as Cyl1 Deactivation/Intake Valve Ctrl Circ Low. Cyl1 indicates the problem is with the Cylinder 1 of the engine. Other codes in the...
P0523 OBD-II Trouble Code: Engine Oil Pressure Sensor/Switch High Voltage
P0523 trouble code means there is an issue with the engine oil pressure sensor often due to faulty wire connection or wrong engine oil.
P3485 OBD-II Trouble Code: Cylinder 11 Exhaust Valve Control Malfunction
P3485 means an issue with cylinder 11’s exhaust valve control circuit which causes sluggish acceleration and decreased fuel economy.

Related questions

Q: Repair Policy

I'm sorry about the issues you are having. It does sound like your power steering. However, I don't believe this is the mechanics fault. Power steering pumps are a wear and tear item and if not maintained properly they will...

Q: Advice on how to become a mechanic

I learned from my grandfather who was a mechanic. I started when I was 14, but he wouldn't teach me anything, he'd only let me watch. Over time I practiced and figured things out myself. Today, you can learn a...