Auto Body Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Auto Body Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.83 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly one-half, and close to a fourth earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,097 - $81,798

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$10.07 - $24.01

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,097 - $81,798  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,077  
Total Pay (?
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$22,438 - $66,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $24.01  
   
Overtime
$13.50 - $29.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,077  
   
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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$22,438 - $66,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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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.

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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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Auto Body Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Painting, Welding, and Metal Inert Gas Welding can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Metal Inert Gas Welding and Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Auto Body Technician

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Auto Body Technicians. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $29K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $34K on average. On average, Auto Body Technicians make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $50K.

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Experience Affects Auto Body Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Auto Body Technician Salaries

Painting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$37,000

Welding
up arrow 3%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 49%
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