Fleet Repair Shop Survey 2015: Pay, Workload, PM Intervals
Most fleet vehicle repair technicians saw their weekly pay drop during our latest 12-month survey period. Wages fell in three out of four technician skill levels analyzed for this report.
Surprisingly, weekly pay increased by 3.9% among Grade 1 mechanics, who are primarily responsible for simple tasks like changing oil and tires. But among higher-skilled workers, weekly pay fell by 0.7% to 5.5%, depending on their skill rating. Grade 3 mechanics, who comprise the bulk of most fleet shop technicians, saw their pay plummet by 5.5%, on average. Grade 4 mechanics, who tackle highly complex work like transmission and engine overhauls, are currently earning 3% less than one year ago.
Though the year-over-year percentage declines are high, the net dollar change in pay often amounts to just a few dollars per day. Still, most workers justifiably expect their pay to increase over time, and when pay stagnates or declines it can have a significant negative effect on employee morale and worker turnover rates.
However, this year’s reported decline in technician pay requires some perspective. For the current survey period fleet technician pay slipped 2.1%, taking into account all pay grades and skill levels. This compares to a 6.3% increase last year, on top of a record-setting surge of 24% in 2013. Prior to that, technician pay fell a substantial 10.2% in 2012 and also dropped 2.6% in 2011. In retrospect, 2013 was a reset year . . .
(excerpts from the September issue)