John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).

He can be contacted at john@crashnetwork.com 

Friday, 29 July 2016 10:19

Retro News: August 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011

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15 years ago in the collision repair industry (August 2001)


ron ray retro news august

In 2001, Ron Ray was the executive director of the I-CAR Education Foundation, which later was renamed the Collision Repair Education Foundation. He is now an instructor at Nashville Auto-Diesel College in Tennessee.


Technician wages are keeping up with the cost of living –-- and shop employee benefits are also improving –-- according to the latest in an ongoing series of surveys by the I-CAR Education Foundation.
Although there is a wide spread in technician annual incomes, the industry average for technicians over 20 years old is $41,268, Ron Ray, executive director of the Foundation, reported at I-CAR’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
“From 1995 to 1998, we saw about a 11 percent increase in that average, and from 1998 to 2001 about another 9 percent,” Ray said. “So it’s keeping up with the cost of living or inflation.”
The latest findings were based on survey responses from about 400 shops with an average of just under eight employees. Ray said the top 10 percent of the nearly 1,900 technicians represented in the survey had annual incomes of about $72,000.

– As reported in Autobody News, August 2001. Ray left the Foundation in 2007 and is now an instructor at Nashville Auto-Diesel College in Tennessee. The industry average compensation for technicians had risen 28 percent to $52,997 by the time the Collision Repair Education Foundation had conducted its most recent survey in 2013. But had wages held steady with inflation over that time, the 2013 average would have been just over $56,000. Department of Labor estimates for 2015 wages for painters ranged from a low of $32,000 in Nebraska to a high of $61,000 in Virginia. For body technicians, Arkansas has the lowest state average for 2015 at just shy of $32,000, while Maryland had the highest average of nearly $64,000.