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Old 03-16-2005, 06:20 PM   #1
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Does anybody know what flat rate auto tech get paid per flat rate hour on average? If there are any techs on here, how did you get into the field?

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Does anybody know what flat rate auto tech get paid per flat rate hour on average? If there are any techs on here, how did you get into the field?

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Go to school. Get your ASE certifications then start putting in apps. You get a job and work your way up just like anything else. Most of the techs in my shop (Honda Dealer) started as lube jockeys and worked up from there.

Flat rate techs are paid an hourly wage (variable just like any other job) based on hours billed instead of hours worked. Do you understand how flat rate works? You look in whatever time estimation guide the shop uses (Mitchell in ours) and find the flat rate labor time for the job at hand. Say a 93 accord lx belt and pump job pays 5.6 hrs with .6 hrs for cam crank and balancer seals. The flat rate advantage is that most of my techs can do that job in 2.5 hrs or less. Therefore work 2.5 hrs and get paid 6.2.
The disadvantage is that if a job pays 2.5 hrs and it takes 6.2 you only get paid 2.5 hrs. This is referred to as "losing your ***" on a job. One tech in our shop averages around 75-80 flat rate hrs a week and hit 122 one week.
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Thats how we work it at my dealership. Flat Rate is pretty good...except for warranty work. VW is really crazy with their warranty pay times. Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size.
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What hourly rate do most begining flat rate techs get paid per flat rate hour billed? (ex: if they pulled 84 hours billed, how much do they get per hour?)
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What hourly rate do most begining flat rate techs get paid per flat rate hour billed? (ex: if they pulled 84 hours billed, how much do they get per hour?)
It varies with location and type of business just like any job.

If you bill 84 hours you get paid for 84 hrs. Very simple. If you are lucky enough to get into a shop that pays guarantee, you will have a minimum you get paid like 36 hrs. That way if you have a bad week and only bill 25 hrs. (it happens) You still get paid for 36 hrs. In our shop anything over 40 hrs is overtime at time and a half. The lowest paid flat rater in our shop is $14 per hr in a union shop. But I've also got a couple long term hourly guys who make $18 an hour.
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We have a 39 hour guarantee where I work. Most every flat rate guy books 50+ hours a week, and work around 40. On good weeks they book like 70 hours.

Our flat rate pay is over $20 an hour. For every hour booked over 45 there is something like a $1.5/hr bonus that gets added to every booked hour.

If the tech works on saturday, they get guaranteed another 6 hours.

I have only been doing this for about 8 months...and am still just hourly.

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What type of dealership do you work at? What training do you have? How much have you spent on tools?
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If you go get your ase certs. you wont start as a lube jockey. haha

Go to yout local community or tech college and look for automotive system technology. Do the 2 yrs. take the tests get your ASE Master tech(8 service Ase's)
Then go get paid. I work at pepboys. a master tech makes about $20 per hour Flat rate which is as stated above hourly based on the labor guide.

The shop you work for generally charges about $75-$85 per hour. So yeah you make ok money But you spend an assload in tools.

Generally during the summer( busiest time ehre in northcarolina) Most people make between 80-160 hours a week. yes sir a week. you do the math.

Have fun..pay based on location
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I started by sweeping floors then my manager made an apprentice program. Which each week they would slowly give me harder problems with a Master tech to help me along when I needed it. (not often computer manuals tell you everything at Nissan) anyways they paid me 10 an hour plus 2 for every flat rate hour. Right before I quite and moved they were going to pay 15 per flat rate hour no hourly wage. That is what alot of people I know start at here in Jax. My buddy who was in school got 16 an hour at a chevy dealer. Now he makes 18 an hour (not flaterate) plus $100 bonus for showing up on time once a week he got really lucky for Porche I just got lucky I guess.

Don't worry VW guy Nissan warr doesn't pay crap either hence why I left the business and it was killing my love for working on cars. Click the image to open in full size. And my boss was a Jackass yet he still begs me to come back.


Once you work at a dealer you can get a job almost everywhere Acura offered me 18 per flatrate hour at one time cause they really needed techs and I was young and trained.
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Opps my bad I put per week when i meant bi weekly every 2 weeks
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What type of dealership do you work at? What training do you have? How much have you spent on tools?
I was a tech at a honda dealership for 5 years. Mainly working on suspensions.

I had the equivalent of ASE certifications up here in Canada. THat was 1 1/2 years study at a technical school (mandatory if you want to become a tech in Canada).

When i left the trade 6 months ago, i was getting roughly 15 an hour, and billing about 45 - 50 hours a week at the peak times. On slower times, i would barely bill 30.

I spent about 10 grand on tools including box (wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, sockets, etc...). All snap-on, some jobber tools. I would of needed another 15 grand worth of tools to become fully independant and be able to perform more complexe diagnostics and such...

I left the trade because i got tired of it. And i got sorta pissed off when the boss came over and obligated us to trade in my RED snappy boxes for BLUE boxes. He wanted to go with the blue theme in the shop...

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