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Automobile Service Writer Salary

Pay for Automobile Service Writers in the United States is very modest at just $36K annually. Male Automobile Service Writers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction for Automobile Service Writers is high. Approximately one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under a third collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,485 - $55,854
(Median)
$23K
$36K
$56K
MEDIAN: $35,860
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$8.26 - $17.88
(Median)
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,485 - $55,854  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,909  
Profit Sharing
$523 - $10,250  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,169  
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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$20,668 - $53,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 285
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $17.88  
   
Overtime
$12.32 - $24.40  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,909  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,169  
Profit Sharing
$523 - $10,250  
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).
)
$20,668 - $53,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211

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Job Description for Automobile Service Writer

An automobile service writer is a key employee in the service and maintenance department of large auto dealers and dedicated auto mechanic shops. The writer serves as something of a liaison between customers and the staff of mechanics and technicians. Service writers are the persons who write up all issues regarding a car brought in for service. They review estimates for accuracy, itemize and codify charges by parts and labor, and present customers with itemized invoices. They also serve as one of the main customer-facing employees in the operation and are a key part of customer service in repair operations.

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Automobile Service Writer Tasks

  • Provide customer service and schedule service appointments.
  • Ask owners questions and perform visual inspections of cars to determine the cause of problems.
  • Explain to customers what kinds of repairs or servicing their car needs, and make cost estimates for the work.
  • Track repair status and fill out reports detailing the time spent on repairs and expenses for parts.

Common Career Paths for Automobile Service Writer


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Automobile Service Writers who move on to become Automotive Service Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Automotive Service Managers get paid an average of $53K per year. A Service Writer or a Parts Manager is a typical transition from an Automobile Service Writer role.

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Popular Skills for Automobile Service Writer


Survey takers who work as Automobile Service Writers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Sales, Customer Relationship Management, Customer Service, and Customer Relations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 17 percent. Most people skilled in Customer Relations are similarly competent in Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Service Writer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Automobile Service Writers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $36K. Automobile Service Writers bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $45K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Automobile Service Writer Reviews

What is it like working as an Automobile Service Writer?

Automobile Service Writer in New Braunfels:
Pros: Close to home.
Cons: Need help, under paid, have a lot of responsibility dumped upon, coworkers that are lazy and don't work while some of us are extremely busy with no help, tools for the job are not the greatest by far.

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Experience Affects Automobile Service Writer Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Automobile Service Writer Salaries

Sales
up arrow 17%


Customer Service
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Customer Relations
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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 49%
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