Men make up the majority of Automotive Service Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.18 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Most Automotive Service Technicians are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$22,697 - $83,606
(Median)
$23K
$49K
$84K
MEDIAN: $49,236
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$9.76 - $25.35
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$9
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$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$22,697 - $83,606  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $9,017  
Profit Sharing
$700  
Commission
$1.50 - $11,700  
Total Pay (?
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$20,770 - $58,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $25.35  
   
Overtime
$13.77 - $28.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$103.04 - $9,017  
   
Commission
$1.50 - $11,700  
Profit Sharing
$700  
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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$20,770 - $58,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 471
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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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Automotive Service Technicians may enjoy increased earnings if they become Automotive Technicians. This seems to be a popular career move, and Automotive Technician earn a slightly higher median of $39K annually.

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Dominating the field, Firestone Complete Auto Care, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Discount Tire Co., Inc., and The Pep Boys are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Automotive Service Technicians. For Automotive Service Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at The Pep Boys; in fact, median earnings sit around $29K, the highest in the area.

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 $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $52K.

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.

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Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 22%



National Average
$35,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Maintenance
up arrow 6%

BRAKES
up arrow 18%

Customer Service
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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