Automobile Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Automobile Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $15.53 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Automobile Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a fourth collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,685 - $68,019
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$68K
MEDIAN: $39,937
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$9.82 - $25.31
(Median)
$9
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,685 - $68,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
Profit Sharing
$1,627 - $5,500  
Commission
$0.00 - $38,783  
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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$21,014 - $58,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 363
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $25.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40 - $1.30  
Overtime
$8.34 - $35.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $38,783  
Profit Sharing
$1,627 - $5,500  
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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$21,014 - $58,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 881

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Job Description for Automobile Mechanic

An automobile mechanic needs to be well educated in a variety of subjects involved in car functions. Generally, you need some type of schooling to work in the auto mechanic industry. The majority of the time, a mechanic works indoors in a garage.

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Automobile Mechanic Tasks

  • Communicate with customer service, parts and sales departments.
  • Diagnose malfunctions using electronic testing equipment.
  • Diagnose, repair and perform maintenance on automobiles.
  • Maintain inventory of tools and parts.

Common Career Paths for Automobile Mechanic


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Automobile Mechanics who advance into the role of a Mechanical Engineer are fairly uncommon. Mechanical Engineers on average earn $62K per year. Auto Mechanics or Diesel Mechanics are common next-step roles for Automobile Mechanics moving up in their careers; annual pay for Auto Mechanics is $2K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Diesel Mechanics.

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Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic


Automobile Mechanics who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Automotive Engine Repair. Most people experienced in System Repair also know Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Mechanic

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


For Automobile Mechanics, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $29K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Automobile Mechanics who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $43K.

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Experience Affects Automobile Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$36,000



Skills That Affect Automobile Mechanic Salaries



System Repair
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National Average
$36,000

Automotive Engine Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 51%