Auto Body Repair Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Auto Body Repair Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.55 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — close to one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by roughly one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than a third. Work is enjoyable for Auto Body Repair Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$26,639 - $85,445
$27K
$52K
$85K
MEDIAN: $51,754
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50%
90%

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$11.36 - $25.23
$11
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.55
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$26,639 - $85,445  
   
Bonus
$496.65 - $10,094  
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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$25,458 - $69,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.36 - $25.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$15.39 - $40.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$496.65 - $10,094  
   
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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$25,458 - $69,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 416
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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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As Auto Body Repair Technicians make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Collision Repair Technician position pays around the same amount as the Auto Body Repair Technician job on average. A more common career path for Auto Body Repair Technicians is stepping into the role of Auto Body Technician or Autobody Technician.

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Popular Skills for Auto Body Repair Technician


Auto Body Repair Technicians report using a wide range of professional 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Welding, Automotive Engine Repair, and paint. Aptitude in Aluminum Welding tends to also indicate an understanding of 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Auto Body Repair Technicians. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. Auto Body Repair Technicians see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Auto Body Repair Technicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $48K.

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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.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
35%
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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 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
24%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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