Auto Body Repair Technician Salary

The median total income of Auto Body Repair Technicians is around $38K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (a little more than half, in fact) comes from commissions. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Approximately one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, close to one-half report medical coverage and just under one in three claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$25,553 - $87,408
$26K
$52K
$87K
MEDIAN: $51,914
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50%
90%

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$11.96 - $25.30
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.81
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$0$87K
Salary $25,553 - $87,408
Bonus $489.36 - $10,101
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$26,003 - $70,331
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 136
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $11.96 - $25.30
Hourly Tips $0.64
Overtime $15.24 - $37.28
Annual Data $0$70K
Bonus $489.36 - $10,101
Commission $20,000
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$26,003 - $70,331
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 406

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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Collision Repair Technician. Collision Repair Technicians on average make about as much as Auto Body Repair Technicians do. It is more probable, however, that Auto Body Repair Technicians become Auto Body Technicians or Autobody Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Auto Body Repair Technician


Survey results show that Auto Body Repair Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Frame Repair, PAINTER, and Aluminum Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 15 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Welding, Automotive Engine Repair, 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

Pay by Experience for an Auto Body Repair Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Auto Body Repair Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 183 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Auto Body Repair Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 106 salaries. An experienced Auto Body Repair Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 170 salaries. An Auto Body Repair Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 197 salaries.

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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 68 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Auto Body Repair Technician Salaries

▲25%

▲8%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Auto Body Repair Technician Salaries

Frame Repair
▲34%

PAINTER
▲15%


Body repair
▲4%


National Average
$38,000

paint
▼7%

Automotive Engine Repair
▼9%

Welding
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 48%
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