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Mike Anderson

mike anderson autobody newsMike Anderson is the president and owner of Collision Advice, a consulting company for the auto body/collision repair industry. For nearly 25 years, he was the owner of Wagonwork Collision Center, an OEM-certified, full-service auto body repair facility in Alexandria, VA.

 
Monday, 29 November 2021 23:46

From the Desk of Mike Anderson: When it Comes to Auto Body Shop Technician Compensation, Something Has to Change

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Something has to change.

I’ll tell you up front: I’m going to be repeating those four words a number of times as you read through this article.

 

Something has to change.

 

I have a family member who graduated from high school and went to work for Amazon. He is now 21, making more than $100,000 a year. He has stock options and they pay 100% of his health insurance. And they pay for all of his college. That’s what we’re competing against when we’re trying to recruit young people into our industry.

 

Something has to change.

 

I know a body tech who got out of the industry to work as a truck driver. He’s making more than $100,000 a year now. And he doesn’t have to buy any tools. He told me, “I have a lot less stress, Mike.”

 

Something has to change.

 

There’s a convenience store at the gas station near my home. That store starts people at $18 an hour. Just to work at a gas station convenience store. That’s almost $40,000 a year. Plus health insurance. There’s no liability in that work, and they’re not exposed to hazardous materials. They also offer up to $10,000 a year for child care reimbursement.

 

Yet I talk to auto body shops trying to start people out at $10 to $15 per hour. That model is broken. Our industry has got to be able to...


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