AKRON-Many factors affect what tire dealerships pay their employees-including training and certification, a geographic area's cost of living, and perhaps even what the competition is paying. That said, TIRE BUSINESS again surveyed independent tire dealers to gauge salaries, from the top executive on down to ``tire buster.'' As was illustrated by the previous year's survey, salary ranges were literally all over the map.
In several instances, the chief executive of some dealerships surveyed made less annually than the tire service workers of other companies!
Survey results were based on averages for each of the following categories, though the ranges in each were quite diverse.
Figures in parentheses indicate the average salary in 1993, according to responses in last year's survey:
Top executive-Salaries in 1994 averaged $65,581 (vs. $60,527 in 1993), ranging from a low of $15,000 to a high of $250,000.
Store manager-Average $35,081 (vs. $34,000); low of $17,000; high of $100,000.
Service manager-Average $29,032 (vs. $28,305); low of $12,000; high of $80,000.
Automotive technician-Average $25,355 (vs. $27,956); low of $12,000; high of $40,000.
Alignment technician-Average $25,185 (vs. $26,714); low of $12,000; high of $40,000.
Tire service worker-Average $16,425 (vs. $16,928); low of $7,000; high of $30,000.