A big portion of take-home pay for Auto Body Repair Technicians — over one-half, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $38K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Approximately half enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in five. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,704 - $83,939
(Median)
$28K
$53K
$84K
MEDIAN: $53,451
10%
50%
90%

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$11.04 - $25.10
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$27,704 - $83,939  
   
Bonus
$990 - $10,186  
Profit Sharing
$4,100  
Commission
$20,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,097 - $69,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.04 - $25.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$15.30 - $40.74  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$990 - $10,186  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,100  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,097 - $69,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 403
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Job Description for Auto Body Repair Technician

An auto body repair technician is the person who evaluates auto body damage and performs the repairs necessary to bring the vehicle back to normal functioning status. This technician works within an automotive garage. Each automotive garage is different. Some have the amenities of a typical office, whereas others do not have heat or air conditioning. An auto body repair technician must be understanding of the environment. The hours worked are in accordance with the garage itself, and many persons in this profession will work 5 or 6 day work weeks, typically daytime shifts. An auto body repair technician is not always required to have attained formal education in their field. However, more companies are requiring training from a trade school or technical school (with courses in electronics, math, etc.) and training in hands-on work. Continuing education is often required, as this is a growing and evolving field.

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Auto Body Repair Technician Tasks

  • Review and evaluate work orders, identifying where additional information or safety changes are needed.
  • Coordinate with parts and inventory clerks to limit delays and improve efficiency of repairs.
  • Repair damaged vehicles by removing damage and replacing parts.
  • Perform maintenance tasks like replacing head lamps, testing shocks, evaluating brakes, etc.

Common Career Paths for Auto Body Repair Technician


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Auto Body Repair Technicians tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Collision Repair Technician. The two jobs pay about the same on average. More often, however, Auto Body Repair Technicians go on to become Auto Body Technicians or Autobody Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Auto Body Repair Technician


Survey results imply that Auto Body Repair Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Frame Repair, PAINTER, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Aluminum Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Automotive Engine Repair, Welding, and paint. It is not unusual for someone who knows Aluminum Welding to be familiar with Metal Inert Gas Welding as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Auto Body Repair Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $30K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $35K. Auto Body Repair Technicians see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $47K on average.

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Experience Affects Auto Body Repair Technician Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Auto Body Repair Technician Salaries

Frame Repair
up arrow 20%

PAINTER
up arrow 16%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 4%

Aluminum Welding
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National Average
$38,000

paint
up arrow 5%

Welding
up arrow 7%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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