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Automobile Mechanic Salary (United States)

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automobile Mechanics earn an average of $15.37 per hour. Total cash incomes of Automobile Mechanics run from $21K to $57K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K, profit sharing that reaches $24K, and some commissions of nearly $35K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a half, and around one in four earn dental coverage. For the most part, Automobile Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Automobile Mechanic Salary (?
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$23,817 - $66,943
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MEDIAN: $39,874
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Automobile Mechanic Salary (?
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$9.71 - $25.01
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,817 - $66,943  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
Profit Sharing
$25.34 - $23,672  
Commission
$0.00 - $34,500  
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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$20,970 - $57,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 351
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $25.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40 - $1.30  
Overtime
$6.07 - $34.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $34,500  
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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$20,970 - $57,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 858
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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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There are some Automobile Mechanics — though it's uncommon — that transition into Mechanical Engineers, where earnings are an average $62K annually. It is quite typical for Automobile Mechanics to transition into roles as Auto Mechanics or Diesel Mechanics, where reported median earnings are $3K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic

Automobile Mechanics only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Those familiar with System Repair also tend to 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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $28K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. On average, Automobile Mechanics make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Automobile Mechanics who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $43K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Florida
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Houston
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Los Angeles
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Salt Lake City
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Baltimore
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Chicago
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Portland
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Las Vegas
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National Average
$36,000
New York
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Memphis
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Cincinnati
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For Automobile Mechanics, busy Florida offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Automobile Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+40 percent), Los Angeles (+37 percent), Salt Lake City (+29 percent), and Baltimore (+22 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Memphis and New York earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 3 percent.

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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

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 129 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: 19% employee benefits None: 52%