Automobile Mechanic Salary (United States)

Very much a male dominated career in the United States, Automobile Mechanics earn an average of $15.43 per hour. In the world of Automobile Mechanics, overall cash earnings stretch from $20,993 near the bottom to $56,764 near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run near $2,955 and profit sharing that can exceed $24K, along with commissions approaching $40K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. About half enjoy medical while 26 percent get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to about one in five. Work is enjoyable for Automobile Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Automobile Mechanic Salary (?
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$23,644 - $67,128
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MEDIAN: $39,549
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Automobile Mechanic Salary (?
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$9.73 - $24.98
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,644 - $67,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,955  
Profit Sharing
$25.34 - $23,672  
Commission
$0.00 - $40,406  
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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$20,993 - $56,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $24.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40 - $1.30  
Overtime
$8.54 - $33.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,955  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $40,406  
Profit Sharing
$25.34 - $23,672  
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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$20,993 - $56,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 862
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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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While not commonly found, Automobile Mechanics who move on to become Mechanical Engineers bring in an additional $26K annually. Automobile Mechanics can earn $2,711 or $4,017 more per year when they move into roles as Automotive Mechanics or Diesel Mechanics, a common transition for those in the field.

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Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic

Job skills reported by Automobile Mechanics are limited. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 9 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Automotive Engine Repair. Most people skilled in System Repair are similarly competent in Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. New salaries start at $28K and reach $36K in five to 10 years. Salary comes to $41K after 10 to 20 years. Salary increase slows as Automobile Mechanics pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $42K. The majority of Automobile Mechanics have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$36,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Automobile Mechanics, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Automobile Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+34 percent), Salt Lake City (+29 percent), Baltimore (+21 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Automobile Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Automobile Mechanic Salaries

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$36,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 52%