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Auto Body Repair Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Auto Body Repair Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $15.78 per hour nationwide. Work is enjoyable for Auto Body Repair Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one-half enjoy medical while slightly less than one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly a tenth. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$25,305 - $82,083
(Median)
$25K
$45K
$82K
MEDIAN: $45,361
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90%

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$10.00 - $22.95
(Median)
$10
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$25,305 - $82,083  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,170  
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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$21,529 - $60,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $22.95  
   
Overtime
$7.70 - $29.33  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,170  
   
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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$21,529 - $60,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Auto Body Repair Technician

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


For many Auto Body Repair Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. Auto Body Repair Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $42K.

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Experience Affects Auto Body Repair Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 50%