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Automobile Mechanic Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Automobile Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $15.43 per hour. Total cash earnings of Automobile Mechanics range from $21K on the low end to $57K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $24K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Just under one-half enjoy medical while one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one-fifth. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Automobile Mechanics. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's 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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It's not very common for Automobile Mechanics to move on to become Mechanical Engineers. Typical pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $62K annually. A common career progression for an Automobile Mechanic is to become an Automotive Mechanic or a Diesel Mechanic. Compared to Automobile Mechanics, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic

Automobile Mechanics note just a narrow range of job skills. 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Automotive Engine Repair. For most people, competency in System Repair indicates knowledge of Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Automobile Mechanics with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $28K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. Automobile Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $43K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. 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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Automobile Mechanics will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Automobile Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+34 percent), Salt Lake City (+29 percent), Baltimore (+21 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

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Experience Affects Automobile Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Automobile Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$36,000
Automotive Engine Repair
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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%