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Automobile Mechanic Salary

Men account for the majority of Automobile Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $15.57 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Roughly one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, half report medical coverage and slightly less than a third claim dental coverage as well. Most Automobile Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,647 - $67,346
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$67K
MEDIAN: $39,966
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$9.85 - $25.28
(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
$23,647 - $67,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,015  
Profit Sharing
$25.34 - $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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$21,105 - $58,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $25.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40 - $1.30  
Overtime
$8.81 - $35.90  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,015  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $38,783  
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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$21,105 - $58,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 891

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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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It's not very common for Automobile Mechanics to move on to become Mechanical Engineers. Average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $63K annually. Automobile Mechanics moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Auto Mechanics or Diesel Mechanics. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic


Typical Automobile Mechanics report a focused set of job 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Automotive Engine Repair. It is often found that people who know System Repair are 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 Automobile Mechanics, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. For Automobile Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $43K.

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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 140 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
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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