A sizeable majority of Auto Body Repair Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.46 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Auto Body Repair Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While approximately half report receiving no health benefits, about one-half do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than a third have dental, as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$26,543 - $83,626
$27K
$52K
$84K
MEDIAN: $51,704
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90%

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$11.47 - $25.14
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$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.46
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$26,543 - $83,626  
   
Bonus
$500 - $10,113  
Profit Sharing
$4,100  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$25,483 - $68,782  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.47 - $25.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$15.39 - $40.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$500 - $10,113  
   
Commission
$3,000  
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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$25,483 - $68,782  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 415

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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

  • Repair damaged vehicles by removing damage and replacing parts.
  • Perform maintenance tasks like replacing head lamps, testing shocks, evaluating brakes, etc.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Auto Body Repair Technician


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Auto Body Repair Technicians' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Collision Repair Technician. On average, Collision Repair Technicians get paid about the same as Auto Body Repair Technicians do. More commonly, Auto Body Repair Technicians 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, facility with Frame Repair, PAINTER, and Body repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 17 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Automotive Engine Repair and Welding. Aluminum Welding and Metal Inert Gas Welding are also commonly seen together.

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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 $47K.

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Key Stats for Auto Body Repair Technician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Auto Body Repair Technician Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Auto Body Repair Technician Salaries

Frame Repair
up arrow 27%

PAINTER
up arrow 17%

Body repair
up arrow 7%



National Average
$38,000

paint
up arrow 2%

Welding
up arrow 8%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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