Men make up the majority of Automobile Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $15.55 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in four collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Automobile Mechanics is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,578 - $68,683
$24K
$41K
$69K
MEDIAN: $41,223
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$9.95 - $25.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,578 - $68,683  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $5,192  
Profit Sharing
$1,015  
Commission
$10.14 - $34,521  
Total Pay (?
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$21,111 - $60,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 362
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $25.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04 - $3.95  
Overtime
$14.56 - $35.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$193.92 - $5,192  
   
Commission
$10.14 - $34,521  
Profit Sharing
$1,015  
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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$21,111 - $60,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 899

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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

  • Diagnose, repair and perform maintenance on automobiles.
  • Maintain inventory of tools and parts.
  • Communicate with customer service, parts and sales departments.
  • Diagnose malfunctions using electronic testing equipment.

Common Career Paths for Automobile Mechanic


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Automobile Mechanics may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Mechanical Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $64K annually. It is quite typical for Automobile Mechanics to transition into roles as Auto Mechanics or Automotive Technicians, where reported median earnings are $2K and $3K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automobile Mechanic


Firestone Complete Auto Care offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $33K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $48K.

Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic


Automobile Mechanics seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, System Repair, Troubleshooting, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Those listing Maintenance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Heavy Equipment Repair and Metal Inert Gas Welding also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know System Repair also know 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $36K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Automobile Mechanics make $41K 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 $45K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,445

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Automobile Mechanics will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Automobile Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+22 percent), Kansas City (+20 percent), Baltimore (+20 percent), and Detroit (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Sacramento is the market with the smallest paychecks. Dallas and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

Automobile Mechanic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Automobile Mechanic?

Automobile Mechanic in Mount Vernon:
Pros: Being able to tell a customer that there vehicle is now safe to drive and seeing the smile on there face.
Cons: Customers who think my job is as quick as mcdonalds drive thru.

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Key Stats for Automobile Mechanic

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Automobile Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$36,000



Skills That Affect Automobile Mechanic Salaries





National Average
$36,000

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 6%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 9%

Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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