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Automotive Service Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automotive Service Technicians earn an average of $15.78 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.06 per hour, and the top verges on $25.81. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Some workers in this field — nearly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately two in five. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$22,148 - $69,701
(Median)
$22K
$44K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,550
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$9.06 - $25.81
(Median)
$9
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$22,148 - $69,701  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,982  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $661  
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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$19,833 - $58,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.06 - $25.81  
   
Overtime
$9.71 - $31.91  
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 - $1,982  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $661  
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).
)
$19,833 - $58,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 520
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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.

Common Career Paths for Automotive Service Technician


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Automotive Service Technicians may enjoy an increase in earnings if they become Automotive Technicians. On average, top-notch roles like Automotive Technician will offer $40K annually.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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, 19 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. BRAKES, on the other hand, is typically associated with much 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $27K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $36K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Automotive Service Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Automotive Service Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $49K on average.

Automotive Service Technician Advice

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.

What is it like working as an Automotive Service Technician?

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.

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Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician Salaries


System Repair
up arrow 19%


Maintenance
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

BRAKES
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 41%