Men make up the majority of Automobile Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $15.51 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the company and tenure. Most Automobile Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although a little more than half lack health benefits of any kind, more than two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one in four get dental coverage, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,343 - $68,510
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$23K
$41K
$69K
MEDIAN: $40,848
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$9.95 - $25.35
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,343 - $68,510  
   
Bonus
$198.20 - $5,217  
Profit Sharing
$1,015  
Commission
$10.30 - $33,935  
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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$21,075 - $59,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 362
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $25.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04 - $3.97  
Overtime
$13.74 - $35.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$198.20 - $5,217  
   
Commission
$10.30 - $33,935  
Profit Sharing
$1,015  
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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$21,075 - $59,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 880
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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.

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Automobile Mechanics' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Mechanical Engineer. The average Mechanical Engineer brings home $64K 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 $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic


Automobile Mechanics generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Those listing Maintenance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Heavy Equipment Repair and Metal Inert Gas Welding also typically command lower compensation. 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. Automobile Mechanics see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $44K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,163

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Surpassing the national average by 55 percent, Automobile Mechanics in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Automobile Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+34 percent), Denver (+28 percent), Baltimore (+21 percent), and Phoenix (+11 percent). Sacramento is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Workers in Las Vegas and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Automobile Mechanic Reviews

What is it like working as an Automobile Mechanic?

Automobile Mechanic in Mount Vernon:
Pros: Being able to tell a customer that there vehicle is now safe to drive and seeing the smile on there face.
Cons: Customers who think my job is as quick as mcdonalds drive thru.

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Experience Affects Automobile Mechanic Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Automobile Mechanic Salaries




Automotive Engine Repair
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National Average
$36,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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