Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automotive Service Technicians earn an average of $14.88 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Though the majority of Automotive Service Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,225 - $77,718
$22K
$49K
$78K
MEDIAN: $48,898
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$9.70 - $25.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$22,225 - $77,718  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $9,300  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$1.47 - $15,125  
Total Pay (?
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$20,690 - $58,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $25.27  
   
Overtime
$13.54 - $28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$200.00 - $9,300  
   
Commission
$1.47 - $15,125  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$20,690 - $58,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 450

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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

  • Diagnose, repair and perform maintenance on automobiles.
  • Maintain inventory of tools and parts.
  • Communicate with customer service, parts and sales departments.
  • Diagnose malfunctions using electronic testing equipment.

Common Career Paths for Automotive Service Technician


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Moving into an Automotive Technician position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $39K annually.

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Firestone Complete Auto Care, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Pep Boys, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Discount Tire Co., Inc. are all popular places to work. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $27K.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $27K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $38K. Automotive Service Technicians bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Automotive Service Technician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Automotive Service Technician

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
037
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%

Experienced
up arrow 37%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 25%



Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$35,000

Maintenance
up arrow 4%

BRAKES
up arrow 16%

Customer Service
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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