Automotive Service Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Automotive Service Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $14.78 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,835 - $72,619
$21K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,610
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50%
90%

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$9.67 - $25.53
$9
$15
$26
MEDIAN: $14.78
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,835 - $72,619  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $9,703  
Profit Sharing
$1,170  
Commission
$1.36 - $15,495  
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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$20,642 - $58,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $25.53  
   
Overtime
$13.40 - $28.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$102.13 - $9,703  
   
Commission
$1.36 - $15,495  
Profit Sharing
$1,170  
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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$20,642 - $58,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 390

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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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Automotive Service Technicians often transition into upper-level roles like Automotive Technician, for which the average compensation is $39K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Automotive Service Technicians, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Discount Tire Co., Inc., The Pep Boys, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co are leading firms in the industry. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $27K.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician

Pay by Experience for an Automotive Service Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Automotive Service Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 273 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automotive Service Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 132 salaries. An experienced Automotive Service Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 120 salaries. An Automotive Service Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 74 salaries.

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 70 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%
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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
▲1%

National Average
$34,000

Maintenance
▼2%

BRAKES
▼14%

Customer Service
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 39%
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