Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Auto Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.47 per hour. In the world of Auto Mechanics, overall income ranges from $22K near the bottom to $61K at the top; this can include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by career length and geographic location. For the most part, Auto Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, slightly more than half have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,234 - $75,738
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MEDIAN: $44,208
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$10.09 - $26.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,234 - $75,738  
   
Bonus
$199.20 - $7,246  
Profit Sharing
$4.66 - $6,252  
Commission
$206.85 - $30,482  
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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$21,942 - $61,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,619
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $26.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $4.62  
Overtime
$14.00 - $33.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$199.20 - $7,246  
   
Commission
$206.85 - $30,482  
Profit Sharing
$4.66 - $6,252  
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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$21,942 - $61,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,515

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Job Description for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

Automotive service technicians are more commonly known as "car mechanics" Automotive service technicians diagnose, repair and perform maintenance on automobiles. When performing diagnostics, automotive service technicians use electronic testing equipment to identify problems. In addition to special diagnostic equipment, the automotive service technician works with a wide range of tools which are used for repairs of diagnosed problems. The automotive service technician performs a mix of physical and mental tasks during a typical day. Mental labor includes diagnosing problems and dealing with customers, while the physical labor comes from physical repairs to automobiles. Work settings for automotive service technicians are typically noisy, well-ventilated garages with good lighting. Automotive service technicians can often be found in uncomfortable physical positions and covered with grease when working on automobiles. Most automotive service technicians work in service repair garages. Clientele for auto mechanics runs the gamut, and includes anybody who needs to have their car serviced. Co-workers are typically other mechanics and supervisors. Although no formal college degree is required to become and automotive technician, it is becoming ever more important to actually receive formal training. This is because of the increasing use of complex computer programs, which aid in the diagnosis of vehicle service problems. Typical training programs in post-secondary institutions last two years and prepare the student for a career as an auto tech. After gaining employment, industry certification is required. Half of the automotive service technicians in the field work a typical 40 hours per week, while over 30 percent of employees work greater than 40 hours per week. The skills and knowledge which an automotive tech possesses afford the opportunity to work privately as well.


Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic 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 / Mechanic


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There are some Auto Mechanics — though it's uncommon — that transition into Mechanical Engineers, where earnings are an average $64K annually. The most common next step for an Automotive Mechanic is to become an Automotive Technician or an Automotive Service Manager. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $15K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Auto Mechanics fill the offices of leading firms Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Honda Dealership, The Pep Boys, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. CarMax, Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $43K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $30K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $64K. Other big spenders include Bridgestone Americas, Nissan North America, Inc., and Aamco Transmissions, Inc., top-paying firms where Auto Mechanics see paychecks nearing $41K, $40K, or $40K.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Valvoline Instant Oil Change, where the median salary is a mere $21K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Jiffylube ($22K), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($22K), and Honda Dealership ($30K).

Popular Skills for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Auto Mechanics seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Systems, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 31 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Maintenance, and Tools. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

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


Auto Mechanics who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $30K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $38K. For Auto Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,851

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For Auto Mechanics, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Auto Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+20 percent), Portland (+16 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Philadelphia (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic?

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Tampa:
"Used car tech."
Pros: Everyday is a different experience with different things happening. It's fun to use my mind and figure out exactly how to make a repair in a timely manner.
Cons: A lot of work paired with frequent injurys and being exposed to highly cancerous chemicals on a daily basis makes it seem not worth it.

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Key Stats for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1035 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries

▲33%

▲15%

▼0%

National Average
$38,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1035 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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