Auto Body Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Auto Body Technicians earn an average of $15.77 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Over one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in four collect dental insurance. The majority of Auto Body Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$29,512 - $82,045
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$82K
MEDIAN: $49,726
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$10.04 - $24.12
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$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,512 - $82,045  
   
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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$21,585 - $66,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $24.12  
   
Overtime
$13.42 - $29.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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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$21,585 - $66,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Metal Inert Gas Welding and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $35K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $29K. For Auto Body Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Auto Body Technicians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $49K.

Auto Body Technician Advice

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"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 9%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Auto Body Technician Salaries

National Average
$37,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 1%

Welding
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 48%
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