Exactly what do you mean by “Toyota credentials”
No offense, but are these credentials recognized by everybody, or only recognized by Toyota
Are you planning on buying a house in Florida?
Are houses more affordable there, versus your current location?
As far as a shop’s labor rate go, I don’t think it’ll effect you too much, as a mechanic. You should be concerned about YOUR rate and flagging hours. In other words, negotiate to get the highest rate for yourself, and concentrate on being efficient, accurate and flagging hours.
Why don’t you care where we live?
As for “what you’re paid for certain jobs?” . . . please elaborate
Do you mean how many hours Toyota dealership mechanics get paid to replace a water pump on a 2005 Corolla?
Or do you mean what Chilton, Motor, Alldata, etc., say a shop charges to replace a water pump on a 2005 Corolla?
They’re not always the same figures
fwiw . . . I live in Los Angeles, and all dealerships, irrespective of brand, charge way more than $100/hr, often $130/hr or more.
I would carefully concentrate on what @ok4450 said . . . I can echo much of that
Trust me, as a mechanic, you do NOT want to get paid warranty times to do a water pump on a 15 year old vehicle. It could very well be that every single bolt is seized, rusted, etc. Might have to chase threads, install helicoils, etc. Might be several issues that you wouldn’t have to deal with on a car still under warranty.
I’ll say something that you may not want to hear, but I feel it’s good advice . . .
Look beyond the dealership
There are other employers out there. Might want to consider UPS, Fedex, and other fleets, such as your local city and county. Any of these employers would offer much better benefits than a dealership. And there’s greater job security. Sure, the vehicles aren’t as glamorous or high tech. But trust me on this again, you’ll learn a lot and you’ll adapt. There’s no service manager yelling at you, no customer threatening you, etc.
I’ll be honest . . . If I was still at the dealership, I would have to show up early, leave late, work through lunch, AND guzzle energy drinks non-stop to be able to earn as much as I do now. And the benefits would still be inferior.
I’m speaking only for myself
I don’t know how young you are, but if you think you can keep up the pace of a 25-year old forever, as an example, think again. The day will come when you slow down, get hurt, etc.
That last statement was because from your text, I get the feeling you’re still on the young side
As for you saying you work for Toyota, does that mean you work for Toyota corporate, or you’re employed by a Toyota dealership? They are not one and the same. One gets compensated much better, and the other . . .