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Hi Patty, I am interested in getting into the auto technician field. Do you have any interesting facts on how woman technicians have increased? What their pay levels range, etc? Thanks, Arika

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Arika, If you go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Labor Force Statistics you should be able to look up all that information. I will tell you this however, in 1989 there were 6,000 women technicians out of a total of 880,000 technicians. By 2001 that number had doubled to 13,000 out of 817,000 technicians. As far as pay ranges; Median hourly earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $13.70 in 2000. The middle 50 percent earned between $9.86 and $18.67 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.59, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $23.67 an hour. Women are still only about 2% of the automotive technicians today. Lori

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