Men represent the vast majority of Autobody Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.29 per hour nationwide. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a little more than half and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. The majority of Autobody Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,011 - $82,811
(Median)
$38K
$58K
$83K
MEDIAN: $57,980
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$11.34 - $24.97
(Median)
$11
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,011 - $82,811  
   
Bonus
$1,952  
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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$25,030 - $70,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $24.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.72  
Overtime
$13.48 - $48.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,952  
   
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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$25,030 - $70,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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Job Description for Autobody Technician

An autobody technician fixes a vehicle after it has been damaged by an accident or other incident. They typically work in an automotive garage setting; however, this position can be performed in a home-based or commercial garage as well.

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Autobody 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 Autobody Technician

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


Autobody Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $36K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $33K. Autobody Technicians see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Autobody Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $45K on average.

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Experience Affects Autobody Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Autobody Technician Salaries

Frame Repair
up arrow 61%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 3%

PAINTER
up arrow 3%

Welding
0%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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