Automotive Service Technician Salary (United States)

Most Automotive Service Technicians in the United States are men, earning an average of $15.55 per hour. The range in pay spans from $9.02 per hour to $25.72. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—42 percent lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and 39 percent receive dental plans. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Automotive Service Technician Salary (?
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$20,558 - $66,149
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MEDIAN: $42,506
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Automotive Service Technician Salary (?
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$9.02 - $25.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$20,558 - $66,149  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
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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$19,696 - $57,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.02 - $25.72  
   
Overtime
$9.53 - $32.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$0.00 - $1,532  
   
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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$19,696 - $57,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 475
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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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Compensation may increase for Automotive Service Technicians who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Automotive Technician oftentimes make an additional $5,066 per year than lower-end positions.

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Survey results suggest that Automotive Service Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 21 percent, 17 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing BRAKES as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Aptitude in Automotive Engine Repair tends to also indicate an understanding of Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Automotive Service Technicians, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Beginning workers can expect to earn $26K starting out, which grows to $36K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $45K. Salary increase slows as Automotive Service Technicians pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $48K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one-fourth. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$36,000
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The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 13 percent below the national 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
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Mid-Career
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$36,000
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Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician Salaries

System Repair
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Maintenance
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National Average
$36,000
BRAKES
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 42%