Automotive Service Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Automotive Service Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.03 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.31 per hour and $25.78. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the specific company are driving factors as well. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,688 - $74,626
(Median)
$24K
$45K
$75K
MEDIAN: $44,569
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$9.31 - $25.78
(Median)
$9
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,688 - $74,626  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $2,064  
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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$20,371 - $58,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.31 - $25.78  
   
Overtime
$10.56 - $32.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
   
Commission
$304.10 - $39,453  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $2,064  
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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$20,371 - $58,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.

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For Automotive Service Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co; in fact, average earnings are around $26K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($19K versus $73K) is great.


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 20 percent, 17 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. BRAKES, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those with knowledge of Automotive Engine Repair tend to be skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician

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


For many Automotive Service Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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 bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $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
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
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: 30% employee benefits None: 37%
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