How Much Do Mechanics Make?

Y’all know I do some auto work, right? Well, I started wonderin’ if I was really making the money I ought to make. So I went to this website that tells all about different jobs: http://www.bls.gov/oco/

I looked up mechanics, and here’s what it said:

Median hourly earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $15.60 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.31 and $20.75 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.70, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $26.22 per hour. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of service technicians in May 2004 were as follows:

Local government…..$38,160
Automobile dealers…..38,060
Automotive repair and maintenance…..28,810
Gasoline stations…..28,030
Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores…..27,180

Well, the first thing I see is that mechanics make like $10,000 bucks more working for auto dealers! Man, I gotta look into that!

But then, I started seeing that everything said “median.” What’s that mean? Why’re they using “median”? Do they mean average? I’m going to look it up… see what it means and see if I can figure out why they use that. Gimme a holler in a comment if you have any ideas!

Finding GED Math in the Elections…

Okay. I’m into this election thing, as you know. So, I’ve been doin’ some GED research to figure out how math from the GED test can fit in with the elections. My big question is, how come we need these primaries? How come we gotta have two candidates, and not let a bunch of people run? And how can I get some GED practice while thinkin’ about these things? Continue reading