Automobile Mechanic Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Automobile Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $15.60 per hour nationwide. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-half lack any form of coverage — but about one-half have medical insurance, and just under a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Automobile Mechanics is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,580 - $66,117
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$66K
MEDIAN: $40,015
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$9.84 - $25.45
(Median)
$9
$16
$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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,580 - $66,117  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,576  
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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$21,060 - $58,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $25.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.37 - $1.01  
Overtime
$9.07 - $36.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,576  
   
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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$21,060 - $58,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 932
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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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Automobile Mechanics sometimes assume positions such as Mechanical Engineers. That role pays $63K per year on average. Auto Mechanics or Diesel Mechanics are common next-step roles for Automobile Mechanics moving up in their careers; annual pay for Auto Mechanics is $2K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Diesel Mechanics.

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Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic


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 between 4 percent and 8 percent. Those proficient in System Repair are, more often than not, also skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Mechanic

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


For many Automobile Mechanics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. Automobile Mechanics see a median salary of $40K after reaching 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


For Automobile Mechanics, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Automobile Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+21 percent), Pittsburgh (+11 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Las Vegas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and St. Louis (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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