Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 2002 honda civic (sold), 2009 Mercedes ML350
Location: Miami, florida
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well being a service tech you have to be good at it to make money. I have been a mercedes technician for awhile now and my income isnt what i would like it to be. I blame most of this on my dealer I work for. I also blame a small part on how we are paid.
to start, techs are paid by the jobs we do. 95% of the jobs have opcodes or labor times. for instance, if a car comes in and needs an evaporator and its a c class, mercedes says an evaporator job pays 7.5 hours. plus .8 to evacuate and recharge. so basically to complete the job you will only get paid 8.3 hours wether it takes you 4 hours or 40 hours. and the objective is to complete it before the required time. thats how we make our money. but warranties times have been cut down alot. jobs dont pay very much anymore. most warranty jobs i dont like to do. i like customer pay work as you are given warranty time plus 30-50%.
dont get me wrong, I love being a tech, but if I could do it over again I would have choosen another career. only because of the pay. 10 years ago techs were making over 100K a year easily, now its hard to even make over 30-40K. its possible but you end up working twice as hard for half the pay. I put in over 150 hours every 2 weeks and my pay checks are between 90-110 hours. it all depends on the work I am given. also you dont get paid for eveything. if there is no work, you arent getting paid. you dont get paid to push in a car that doesnt start.
the last thing is you need to be good at this. as a successful tech, understanding how electronics work and how to diagnosis driveability issues and electrical issues is a must. alot of people think I can hook up a diagnostic machine and based on the fault code it gives me, I will know whats wrong and that isnt true. mercedes benz are hard vehicle to diagnosis. any normal american car that has a battery that isnt charging is usually caused by a faulty alternator, with mercedes if a battery isnt charging, it can be a bad alternator, faulty control unit, wrong coding. so many things. and if you cant diagnosis these issues, fast and efficently your paychecks wont be good.
i tell you all this because saying I make 30-50k a year wont help your son. he needs to know more behind what goes on at the dealer. also figure in that a big part of your first year income is going to be spent on tools. i have over 30k in tools. with mercedes, having the right tool is a must.
Last edited by Streetglower; 05-17-2007 at 01:44 AM.