Automotive Service Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Automotive Service Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $15.95 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.38 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.67 on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the individual firm. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. Though the majority of Automotive Service Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,732 - $73,764

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$9.38 - $25.67

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,732 - $73,764  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,100  
Commission
$304.10 - $39,453  
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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$20,379 - $58,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.38 - $25.67  
   
Overtime
$10.31 - $32.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
Commission
$304.10 - $39,453  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,100  
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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$20,379 - $58,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 621
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Job Description for Automotive Service Technician

Automotive service technicians engage in the inspection, diagnosis, and repair of malfunctioning automobiles. They replace defective parts, repair parts that may be broken, and adjust parts to ensure that vehicles are in proper working order. They are also responsible for filling out reports and paperwork associated with this work. They are usually expected to provide their own set of basic hand tools, and they must be proficient in the use of screwdrivers, socket wrenches, impact guns, and tools associated with changing tires and oil. Entry-level automotive service technicians are often required to clean and maintain the service area. Good verbal and written communication skills may be required, as in some businesses the automotive service technician will be required to interact with customers.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Automotive Service Technician


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Automotive Service Technicians who transition into an upper level Automotive Technician position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Automotive Technician makes $40K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician


Although The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $26K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $19K to $73K.


Survey results show that Automotive Service Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, System Repair, Automotive Engine Repair, and Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 20 percent. Those listing BRAKES as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Automotive Engine Repair and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $27K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. Automotive Service Technicians see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of 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 35%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

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 17%


Maintenance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

BRAKES
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 37%
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