Auto Body Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Auto Body Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $15.77 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Half enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than a fifth. Job satisfaction for Auto Body Technicians is high.

$28,796 - $82,451
(Median)
$29K
$50K
$82K
MEDIAN: $50,013
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$10.19 - $23.73
(Median)
$10
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$28,796 - $82,451  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,149  
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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$23,300 - $66,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $23.73  
   
Overtime
$14.06 - $30.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,149  
   
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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$23,300 - $66,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Auto Body Technician

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $35K. Auto Body Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $48K.

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Experience Affects Auto Body Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Auto Body Technician Salaries

Painting
up arrow 5%

Welding
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 4%

PAINTER
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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