Automotive Service Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automotive Service Technicians earn an average of $15.87 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.44 per hour on the low end to $25.57 on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by career length and the specific company. Though the majority of Automotive Service Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$23,964 - $74,394
(Median)
$24K
$46K
$74K
MEDIAN: $45,541
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$9.44 - $25.57
(Median)
$9
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,964 - $74,394  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,012  
Profit Sharing
$775  
Commission
$306.39 - $15,268  
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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$20,485 - $58,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.44 - $25.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.71  
Overtime
$11.87 - $30.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,012  
   
Commission
$306.39 - $15,268  
Profit Sharing
$775  
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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$20,485 - $58,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 692
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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


Automotive Service Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, where the median salary comes to $27K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($20K) and those starting out ($73K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, System Repair, Automotive Engine Repair, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 18 percent. Those listing BRAKES as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Maintenance and Troubleshooting also typically command lower compensation. Many workers who know Automotive Engine Repair also know Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $27K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $50K.

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 24%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician Salaries


System Repair
up arrow 18%


National Average
$37,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 6%

Maintenance
up arrow 9%

BRAKES
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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