Automobile Mechanic Salary

Men account for the majority of Automobile Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $15.56 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by approximately one-half and dental insurance is reported by just under one in three. Work is enjoyable for Automobile Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,665 - $65,078
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$65K
MEDIAN: $39,987
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$9.83 - $25.46
(Median)
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$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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$23,665 - $65,078  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
Profit Sharing
$357.83 - $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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$21,066 - $58,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $25.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.37 - $1.01  
Overtime
$9.09 - $36.44  
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 - $3,551  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $38,783  
Profit Sharing
$357.83 - $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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$21,066 - $58,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 926
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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 not the most common occurrence, Automobile Mechanics sometimes become Mechanical Engineers, where the average income is $63K per year. It is quite typical for Automobile Mechanics to transition into roles as Auto Mechanics or Diesel Mechanics, where reported median earnings are $2K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic


Automobile Mechanics who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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 8 percent. Most people skilled in System Repair are similarly competent in Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Automobile Mechanics, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. On average, Automobile Mechanics make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $43K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Automobile Mechanics, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than 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). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Las Vegas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Los Angeles (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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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

Automotive Engine Repair
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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: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 50%
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