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Automotive Service Technician Salary

Male Automotive Service Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $15.79 per hour in the United States. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.15 per hour and $25.93. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. While roughly two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and nearly two in five have dental, as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,671 - $72,013
(Median)
$24K
$44K
$72K
MEDIAN: $44,287
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90%

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$9.15 - $25.93
(Median)
$9
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,671 - $72,013  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,397  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $900  
Commission
$1,000 - $7,800  
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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$20,094 - $58,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.15 - $25.93  
   
Overtime
$10.01 - $32.81  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,397  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $7,800  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $900  
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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$20,094 - $58,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 576

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Job Description for Automotive Service Technician

An automotive service technician conducts a variety of duties from the basics, such as changing oil and filters, to conducting custom modifications. The type of work a technician performs depend largely on the type of shop in which they work; for example, a lube shop has different workflow than a mechanic’s shop specializing in converting vehicles to limousines. The compensation package of some automotive service technicians includes a commission component. This may mean that there is also a significant sales element to an automotive service technician’s job.

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Automotive Service Technician 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.

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Automotive Service Technicians' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Automotive Technician. Median pay for Automotive Technicians is $40K.

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Automotive Service Technicians only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 18 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing BRAKES as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Competency in Automotive Engine Repair frequently indicates knowledge of Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician

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


Automotive Service Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $27K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Automotive Service Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $50K.

Automotive Service Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Automotive Service Technician?

Automotive Service Technician in Grand Forks:
"Perks of Hard Work."
Pros: I love the atmosphere that I have the opportunity to work in. There is a lot of room for learning and becoming more skilled in my career field. My coworkers are supportive if I have any questions about the job at hand.
Cons: The nicks and cuts can sometimes become an annoyance but that's the nature of the beast.

Automotive Service Technician in Thousand Oaks:
"Think Big Shoot For The Stars."
Pros: Good learning experiences. Constantly learning with the ever changing automotive industry.
Cons: Really stressful pay is never the same. Work hard for nothing sometimes.

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Automotive Service Technician in Orlando:
"The Money Is Never Enough."
Hopefully you love working on cars and can be content. Hours can be long, projects can be difficult, get used to people. Focus and take your time to do the job properly. Having to go back and repeat something you forgot or missed causes you to lose money in the long run. Fix it right the first time.

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Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician Salaries


System Repair
up arrow 18%


Maintenance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

BRAKES
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 39%