AKRON-How's that old saying go? How are you going to keep them down on the farm once they've been to the big city? That could be the case for tire dealership employees on both ends of the hiring spectrum, based on results from TIRE BUSINESS' annual survey of independent dealers. For the past several years, we've asked respondents to note employees' salary ranges.
And again, the survey has shown pay scales to be all over the map. In some cases, the chief executive's compensation at one dealership is less than a tire service worker's at another! In fact, based on responses, salaries went up in each category, except top executives.
But before you start polishing up that resume, keep in mind that a number of factors are involved in how much a tire store employee is paid, including local/regional economic conditions, certification or lack of it-and what the competition's doing.
Survey results were based on averages gleaned from six categories-and the salary ranges in each were wide, indeed. The figures in brackets are the 1994 averages, based on that year's TB survey.
Top executive-Salaries in 1995 averaged $61,038 [$65,581 in 1994], ranging from a low of $30,000 to a high of $140,000.
Store manager-Average $37,313 [$35,081]; low of $18,000; high of $65,000.
Service manager-Average $30,710 [$29,032]; low of $15,000; high of $55,000.
Automotive technician-Average $27,560 [$25,355]; low of $15,000; high of $55,000.
Alignment technician-Average $26,619 [$25,185]; low of $13,000; high of $55,000.
Tire service worker-Average $20,111 [$16,425]; low of $12,000; high of $30,000.