Automobile Mechanic Salary

A sizeable majority of Automobile Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $15.45 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by about one-half and dental insurance is reported by just under one in three. Most Automobile Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,806 - $68,403
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$24K
$41K
$68K
MEDIAN: $40,523
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$9.86 - $25.20
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$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,806 - $68,403  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,954  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $23,672  
Commission
$9.70 - $35,745  
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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$21,062 - $59,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $25.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.15  
Overtime
$10.38 - $36.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,954  
   
Commission
$9.70 - $35,745  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $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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$21,062 - $59,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,046
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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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There are some Automobile Mechanics — though it's uncommon — that transition into Mechanical Engineers, where earnings are an average $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


Survey takers who work as Automobile Mechanics typically report just a few professional 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 9 percent. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Automobile Mechanics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. Automobile Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Automobile Mechanics with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,260

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Automobile Mechanics will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 49 percent. Automobile Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+26 percent), New York (+24 percent), Pittsburgh (+9 percent), and Portland (+6 percent). Las Vegas is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Orlando and 8 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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Automotive Engine Repair
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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