Autobody Technician Salary
Autobody Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.60 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — just over two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by two in five. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$33,994 - $85,444|
|Bonus||$3.30 - $8,144|
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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).)
|$25,636 - $71,309|
|Hourly Rate||$11.75 - $25.01|
|Overtime||$13.44 - $43.63|
|Bonus||$3.30 - $8,144|
|Total Pay (||$25,636 - $71,309|
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.Read More...
Some autobody technicians work alone, while others work with a team of other autobody technicians within a commercial garage. This person should pay close attention to detail, as it is their job to get the vehicle back to an acceptable condition for its owner(s). An autobody technician must have the dexterity to work on small details and within small spaces, and this position requires the knowledge and ability to use a wide range of tools and equipment. Autobody technicians should typically hold excellent customer service skills, as they often work directly with customers. Critical thinking skills are also highly important, as the autobody technician must be able to assess the damage on a vehicle and the abilities and cost required to repair it.
Some autobody technicians begin work without formal training and learn through on-the-job experience. However, most employers prefer (and some require) that applicants are trained in autobody repair or refinishing by a trade or technical school. Training programs typically last one to two years, with a focus on hands-on work, physics, mathematics, and electronics. Ongoing education is typically required in this position, as standards and practices change regularly with vehicles.
Autobody Technician Tasks
- Repair damaged vehicles by removing damage and replacing parts.
- Perform maintenance tasks like replacing head lamps, testing shocks, evaluating brakes, etc.
- 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.
Pay by Experience Level for Autobody Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Autobody Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $34K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Autobody Technicians make a median salary of $45K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $46K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.
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