Several people insist on taking low wages as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. I have worked both shop and field service for over 15 years. A good journey level mechanic should make between 22.00 and 35.00 an hour. I know some rural areas like to pay less, but that's because you allow them to pay less. In rural area, 22.00 should be the bottom for a good journeyman. I got called out to a company recently to service a loader with weak hydraulics, the foreman said there mechanic was out on medical leave. He had hurt his back doing heads on an engine. After conversation for a while I found out that he only pays his 8 year veteran Heavy Equipment Mechanic 12.00 an hour. How much is your expertise and your back worth??
Turn them down if the wage is not right. Tell me your thoughts and what are they paying in your area?