Automotive Service Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Automotive Service Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $16.07 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.32 per hour and $25.83. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the specific company are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and about two in five have dental, too. Though the majority of Automotive Service Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,691 - $74,987
(Median)
$24K
$45K
$75K
MEDIAN: $44,924
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$9.32 - $25.83
(Median)
$9
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,691 - $74,987  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $900  
Commission
$302.01 - $39,732  
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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$20,351 - $59,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.32 - $25.83  
   
Overtime
$10.74 - $32.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
   
Commission
$302.01 - $39,732  
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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$20,351 - $59,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 617
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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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Many Automotive Service Technicians move into an Automotive Technician role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Automotive Technicians on average bring in a similar salary to Automotive Service Technicians.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician


The biggest paychecks can be found at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co — the median salary there is $28K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $19K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $67K.


Automotive Service Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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 11 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.


Automotive Service Technicians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $27K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $36K. Automotive Service Technicians see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $50K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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 25%

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 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: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 38%
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