The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) has certified eighteen West Virginia auto mechanic schools. These secondary schools, community colleges and technical centers offer programs in automobile and medium/heavy truck maintenance and repair, as well as collision repair and refinishing. The programs offered by auto mechanic schools in West Virginia vary in length and include two-semester certification programs, which might qualify you for a job or translate to college credits, as well as two-year associate degree programs. Or you can enroll in a program through a national online university to work toward a diploma at your own pace.
The state's 4,610 auto repair workers earned a 2016 mean hourly wage of $15.08, or $31,370 annually. Hourly mean wage is reported as higher in the areas around Hagerstown-Martinsburg ($16.88), Cumberland ($16.24) and Charleston ($17.38). Mean hourly wage is slightly lower in the nonmetropolitan areas in the state's southern ($13.36) and north central ($15.19) regions.
Mechanics specializing in buses, trucks and diesel engines generally out-earned auto mechanics, with a 2014 mean annual wage in West Virginia of $36,640.