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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Frozen hell of the north
I Ride: 97k '07 ZZR600, 2014 Ninja 300, 37k 89 FZR400 racebike, 56k 06 ZX6R track only, 21k 97 ZX6R F model
I actually paid my workers over $20/hr in the 80's (a couple of them got closer to $30, but the least anyone got was $23 or $24 and that was the front store person who basically answered phones and rang the cash register)
The most recent part time helper of 24-26 hrs a week for just 12 weeks (summer break from school) was also paid $20/hr -really slightly more but.... we don't talk about that
And locally almost every dealer and independent paid their techs on a percentage of labor billed (so most made $25- $30/hr for a 40 hr work week) myself included used that pay schedule for several years , now you go to any of the dealerships and very few techs even make $20/hr in the service department and plenty of them make $15ish
I know for certain the top paid tech at two of the local places........ one of them makes $26 and the other $27.50 but the co-workers are all $18-$20 and not much for benefits and half the service staff gets a month or more mandatory "vacation" every winter...... ( I mean 52k-55K isn't terrible pay by any means, but it is also not much for what you invest compared to the nobrains with zero investment and zero skills....... I think MN median household income is 70K? so I guess the spouse better be making atleast 18k to be "average"
The industry just hasn't kept up, if anything it has actually been paying less than what it once did
back in the 80's 2 year motorcycle mechanic schooling was sub 10k, now it is what, 28k for the same education ( I think that is the $ an applicant told me his parents paid for him to go to MMI in AZ a couple years ago) - and you get paid less......... and they wonder why people are not jumping to turn wrenches or the ones that are aren't trained well and didn't go to a real school and come in with real skills, or they don't care
But as to your question as to what I apply for........ I can weld, I can fabricate, I can do whatever anyone there could do. I am quite sure I could do any job they had and do it well..
We all know I would be awesome in customer service......... I have that special way of talking to people, many of them I can get to walk right off the ledge they are standing on, it takes so little effort too (because they are mentally unstable whiny bitches who thinks everyone needs to sugarcoat it and protect their pussyass feelings and award them a trophy for thier ignorance)- thus why I am so good at it, no sugarcoating- no cares at all about their "feelings", just here it is in your face truth............
woohoo we are having fun now
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