Auto Body Repair Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Auto Body Repair Technicians earn an average of $15.90 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Roughly one-half enjoy medical while about a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in seven. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,233 - $83,168
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$83K
MEDIAN: $48,904
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$10.12 - $24.15
(Median)
$10
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,233 - $83,168  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$22,690 - $63,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $24.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$9.86 - $30.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$22,690 - $63,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 325
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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.

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Auto Body Repair Technicians only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Frame Repair, PAINTER, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 13 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include paint. Many workers who know Frame Repair also know Metal Inert Gas Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Auto Body Repair Technician

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


Auto Body Repair Technicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $29K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $35K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Auto Body Repair Technicians make a median salary of $41K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $44K.

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Experience Affects Auto Body Repair Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Auto Body Repair Technician Salaries

Frame Repair
up arrow 23%

PAINTER
up arrow 13%


National Average
$36,000

paint
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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