Quick little background on why I'm asking this:
Last summer, I made the decisions to jump ship, and make a career change to follow a dream. I had worked in the banking industry for 10 years (debit cards, customer service, accounting background) and felt I should do something that I went to college for, automotive technology. I contacted a dealer close to family, and was asked to come to Texas ASAP for a face-to-face interview last July. Two weeks later, my fiancee and I were on our way to Texas.
Being that I had no formal experience in a dealership environment, and had no other formal factory training, I was offered a position as an entry-level technician. Not a lube-tech, but a technician. I waited my 90-day period, which ended up being closer to 5 months before I was allowed the opportunity to become a "technician" in the eyes of the manufacturer. As of the first of the year, I started completing my online book training, not because I had to, but to better myself and learn more about the brand, on my own. When I completed 75% of my book training, I began to ask my management staff what I needed to complete to become certified, and begin working on my individual certification levels (electrical, engine, transmission, etc). At that time, on-site training was unavailable, due to the classes being all filled up for the 1st half of the year for the entry-level courses I needed. So once again, I had to wait some more.
All of this time, I did not see any increase in pay, as I felt I deserved a little more than what I was hired in as, even though I was promised an increase at my 90-day mark. We have since gone through new management, which has been a huge improvement to how things operate, but I still felt I was under paid.
As of this month, I am officially a certified technician, in the manufacturer's eyes, and have been asked to become our dealer's hybrid technician, in support of the launch of a new 2013 hybrid model. Since becoming certified, I have been given a pay increase, which is very close to what I feel I deserve, but with being a HVT, and being electrical-certified (happening in the very near future), should I be entitled to more income potential? As a technician who flags 50-60hrs on a consistent basis, what kind of wages should I expect given these circumstances?
If I'm too far off my rocker for a response in the thread, please feel free to send me a PM.