Automobile Mechanic Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Automobile Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.43 per hour. Overall incomes of Automobile Mechanics—including $2,955 bonuses, $24K profit sharing proceeds, and $40K commissions on the more lucrative end—ranges between $23,644 and $67,128. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to about half, and 18 percent earn vision coverage. For the most part, Automobile Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Automobile Mechanic Salary (?
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$23,644 - $67,128
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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Though it's uncommon, some Automobile Mechanics move into roles as Mechanical Engineers, bringing in an extra $26K per year. Career advancement for Automobile Mechanics often leads to becoming Automotive Mechanics or Diesel Mechanics, where they can earn $2,711 or $4,017 more per year.

Automobile Mechanic Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic

Survey takers who work as Automobile Mechanics usually 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 of 9 percent, 9 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Automotive Engine Repair. Those educated in System Repair tend to be well-versed in Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $28K; however, pay rises to approximately $36K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $41K. After 20 years in the field, Automobile Mechanics see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $42K. 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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For those looking to make money, Automobile Mechanics in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Portland, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, and Chicago, top-paying markets where Automobile Mechanics rake in more than the national norm (+34 percent, +29 percent, +21 percent, and +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%
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