Automobile Mechanic Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Automobile Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $15.45 per hour nationwide. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While close to one-half report receiving no health benefits, approximately one-half do receive medical coverage, and just under one in three have dental, as well. Most Automobile Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,806 - $68,403
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$68K
MEDIAN: $40,523
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$9.86 - $25.20
(Median)
$9
$15
$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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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While not commonly seen, Automobile Mechanics who transition into a Mechanical Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Mechanical Engineers is $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


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 9 percent. Most people experienced in 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.


Automobile Mechanics with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Automobile Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,260

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Automobile Mechanics will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 49 percent. Automobile Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in 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 in Orlando and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Automobile Mechanic Reviews

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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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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