Automotive Service Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Automotive Service Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $15.87 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.44 per hour on the low end to $25.57 on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by experience level and the specific company. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$23,964 - $74,394
(Median)
$24K
$46K
$74K
MEDIAN: $45,541
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$9.44 - $25.57
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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For Automotive Service Technicians, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Automotive Service Technicians earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Automotive Technician.

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For Automotive Service Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co; in fact, average earnings are around $27K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($20K versus $73K) is great.


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. Employees educated in Automotive Engine Repair are typically practiced in Electronic Troubleshooting, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Automotive Service Technicians. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $27K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $37K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Automotive Service Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Automotive Service Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits 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
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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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