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Automotive Service Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Automotive Service Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $15.96 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.22 per hour, and the top verges on $25.81. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Although more than half have medical coverage and about two-fifths have dental coverage, about two in five claim no health benefits at all. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,407 - $73,233
(Median)
$23K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $44,219
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$9.22 - $25.81
(Median)
$9
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,407 - $73,233  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,418  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $900  
Commission
$1,017 - $7,665  
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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$20,197 - $58,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $25.81  
   
Overtime
$10.01 - $33.29  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,418  
   
Commission
$1,017 - $7,665  
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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$20,197 - $58,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 594

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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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For Automotive Service Technicians, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Automotive Service Technicians earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Automotive Technician.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician


Firestone Complete Auto Care offers the least pay with a median salary of $25K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $36K.


Automotive Service Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set 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, 18 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing BRAKES as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Automotive Engine Repair and Electronic Troubleshooting are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Automotive Service Technicians. 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. Automotive Service Technicians see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income 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 36%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

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 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 141 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: 58% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 39%
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