Automobile Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automobile Mechanics earn an average of $15.62 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but experience level and geographic location are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to more than two-fifths, and nearly one in four earn dental coverage. For the most part, Automobile Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,760 - $68,154
$24K
$42K
$68K
MEDIAN: $41,645
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$10.00 - $25.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,760 - $68,154  
   
Bonus
$101.86 - $5,188  
Profit Sharing
$1,015  
Commission
$10.14 - $34,521  
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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$21,287 - $60,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $25.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04 - $3.95  
Overtime
$14.60 - $35.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$101.86 - $5,188  
   
Commission
$10.14 - $34,521  
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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$21,287 - $60,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 845

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Automobile Mechanic


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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. A common career progression for an Automobile Mechanic is to become an Automotive Mechanic or an Automotive Technician. Compared to Automobile Mechanics, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic


Survey results imply that Automobile Mechanics put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, System Repair, Troubleshooting, 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. Most people skilled in System Repair are similarly competent in Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Mechanic

Pay by Experience for an Automobile Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Automobile Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 463 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automobile Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 347 salaries. An experienced Automobile Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 394 salaries. An Automobile Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 294 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,691

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Automobile Mechanics will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Automobile Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Kansas City (+19 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Baltimore (+19 percent), and Detroit (+15 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (6 percent less) and Memphis (2 percent less).

Automobile Mechanic Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Automobile Mechanic

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Automobile Mechanic Salaries

▲22%

▲13%

▼0%

National Average
$37,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Automobile Mechanic Salaries





National Average
$37,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼8%

Heavy Equipment Repair
▼9%

Maintenance
▼43%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
no benefits
None: 56%