Automobile Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automobile Mechanics earn an average of $15.55 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Automobile Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. Around half enjoy medical while slightly less than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in five. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,500 - $66,970

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$9.83 - $25.45

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,500 - $66,970  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,677  
Profit Sharing
$355.37 - $23,839  
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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$21,012 - $58,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 390
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $25.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.37 - $1.01  
Overtime
$9.14 - $36.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,677  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $38,783  
Profit Sharing
$355.37 - $23,839  
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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$21,012 - $58,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 939
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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 do not often transition into Mechanical Engineer roles. The role averages $63K per year. Automobile Mechanics most often move into positions as Auto Mechanics or Diesel Mechanics; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Automobile Mechanic


Professional skills reported by Automobile Mechanics are few in number. 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 familiar with 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 many Automobile Mechanics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $30K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. On average, Automobile Mechanics make $40K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $43K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Automobile Mechanics, 31 percent above the national average. Automobile Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+25 percent), Houston (+23 percent), Baltimore (+21 percent), and Pittsburgh (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Las Vegas. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (8 percent lower) and Cincinnati (2 percent lower).

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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 142 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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