Automotive Service Technician Salary

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 $14.77 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. Work is enjoyable for Automotive Service Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by roughly two in five. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,316 - $77,718
$21K
$48K
$78K
MEDIAN: $48,351
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50%
90%

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$9.68 - $25.40
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$15
$25
MEDIAN: $14.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$21,316 - $77,718  
   
Bonus
$293.61 - $7,353  
Commission
$1.40 - $15,387  
Total Pay (?
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$20,631 - $58,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $25.40  
   
Overtime
$13.44 - $29.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$293.61 - $7,353  
   
Commission
$1.40 - $15,387  
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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$20,631 - $58,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 408
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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.

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Automotive Service Technicians often end up in upper-level roles like Automotive Technician. Automotive Technicians bring home $39K annually on average.

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Firestone Complete Auto Care, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Discount Tire Co., Inc., The Pep Boys, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co are top-notch employers for Automotive Service Technicians in this area. For Automotive Service Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co; in fact, median earnings sit around $27K, 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.


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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $53K.

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 60 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician Salaries

▲55%

▲41%

▲11%

National Average
$34,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician Salaries

System Repair
▲27%



Troubleshooting
▲2%

National Average
$34,000

Maintenance
▼2%

BRAKES
▼14%

Customer Service
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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