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My job in Belgium: How much does a mechanic earn?

Aug 6, 2017
In our occasional series on careers in Belgium, we ask Cedric, 24, from Bierbeek about his job and how much he earns

What is your job?
I'm mechanic in a garage. My days are very varied - replacing brakes, maintenance, changing tyres and much more.

Do you like your job?
Very much actually. I like to work on cars and love to work with my hands. Sure, after a day's work my hands are very dirty, but that's part of the job and I wouldn't want it any other way. I go home happy every night. If I had to say something negative, it would be having to get up early. But that’s a price I gladly pay.

What do you think of your salary?
It's good enough as a starting point (€1,500 net per month). Of course I would like to earn more - who doesn't? - but for my first permanent job this is definitely a nice salary.

How many hours do you work per week?
I work 38 hours a week.

Do you save?
I'm trying, but I'm not doing very well. As a student, it was harder to put money aside. Back then I gave hockey training to students at KU Leuven to earn some extra pennies, but I did other things with that money. But now that I have a permanent job, I really do my best to put a bit of money aside on a monthly basis.

What is your biggest expense?
I work on a lot of my own cars, and that eats up a big part of my budget. I also spend a lot of money on hockey and games. Of course, I have the advantage of living at home, so I do not have a lot of costs for the rest. Soon I would like to live alone, so I might have to do something about my savings.

What can you definitely not spend money on?
Spending money on fashion I find difficult. The latest clothes or shoes really do not interest me.

What do you gladly spend money on?
Fixing up my own cars, my hobbies - hockey and gaming - going out with friends, having a good meal.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would set aside some of it for the future. In addition, I would also donate some of it to charities. And I’d buy a few nice cars, of course.

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