Auto Body Technician Salary
Auto Body Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.25 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the company and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by close to a third. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Auto Body Technician
Auto body technicians are responsible for repairing cars and other vehicles that have been in accidents to restore their appearance and function. This includes manipulating parts of the car back into shape, welding, replacing particular parts, and painting/coloring. Some technicians not only repair cars that have been involved in accidents, but also make modifications for customers who request them due to age or wear.Read More...
This work often takes place in a noisy mechanical garage, and these technicians often lift heavy items and maneuver under cars as well, so physical strength and dexterity are important. Close attention to detail is also important to ensure that repairs and modifications are of the highest quality. Some creativity may be allowed on the job depending on customers' requests, and strong customer service skills are important when interacting directly with customers to encourage them to return and even refer others to the garage's services. Basic mathematical skills are also important when conducting mixtures of chemicals.
In some positions, auto body technicians must provide estimates to customers prior to work being done, and teamwork skills are always important to work well with other technicians on the job and various managers and sales associates.
Auto Body 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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Service King leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $53K.
Pay by Experience Level for Auto Body Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Auto Body Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $37K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Auto Body Technicians make $42K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $47K.