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Automotive Service Technician Salary (United States)

Male Automotive Service Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $15.55 per hour in the United States. Earnings sit near $9.02 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.72 on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — just over two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, a little more than half do receive medical benefits and roughly two in five have dental insurance. Though the majority of Automotive Service Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. 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
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: 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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Typically, Automotive Service Technicians go on to take higher-end positions such as Automotive Technician. Average pay for Automotive Technicians is $41K.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Job Listings

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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 21 percent, 17 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing BRAKES as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Competency in Automotive Engine Repair frequently indicates knowledge of Electronic Troubleshooting.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $26K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. Automotive Service Technicians see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Automotive Service Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $48K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly more than a fifth 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 just over a fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$36,000
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Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 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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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$36,000
Entry-Level
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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%