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Automobile Mechanic Salary

Male Automobile Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $15.53 per hour in the United States. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, approximately half report medical coverage and slightly less than a third claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,702 - $66,909
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$67K
MEDIAN: $40,052
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$9.85 - $25.34
(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
$23,702 - $66,909  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,077  
Profit Sharing
$25.34 - $23,672  
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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$21,112 - $58,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 381
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $25.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40 - $1.30  
Overtime
$8.91 - $36.87  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,077  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $38,783  
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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$21,112 - $58,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 908
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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 seen, Automobile Mechanics who transition into a Mechanical Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Mechanical Engineers is $63K per year. Automobile Mechanics most often move into positions as Auto Mechanics or Diesel Mechanics; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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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 between 4 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Automotive Engine Repair. The majority of those who know 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.


Automobile Mechanics do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $30K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. For Automobile Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. 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.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Automobile Mechanics, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Automobile Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Salt Lake City (+28 percent), Baltimore (+21 percent), Pittsburgh (+11 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Las Vegas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (13 percent less) and Los Angeles (11 percent less).

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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


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 50%
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