Auto Body Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Auto Body Technicians earn an average of $15.79 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to just over a half, and nearly one-fourth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Auto Body Technicians is high.

$29,556 - $81,927
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$82K
MEDIAN: $49,873
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$10.06 - $24.16
(Median)
$10
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,556 - $81,927  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,111  
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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$21,940 - $65,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $24.16  
   
Overtime
$13.42 - $29.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,111  
   
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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$21,940 - $65,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 233
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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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Survey takers who work as Auto Body Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Painting, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Welding can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Welding.

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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $29K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $35K on average. Auto Body Technicians bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $49K.

Auto Body Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Auto Body Technician in Milwaukee:
"Pay increases seems to stagnate."
Make yourself most marketable by getting all of the certifications you can. Take advantage of tech school discounts on tools, in the working world they are quite expensive.

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Experience Affects Auto Body Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Auto Body Technician Salaries

Painting
0%

National Average
$36,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 1%

Welding
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 48%
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