Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary

Men account for the majority of Auto Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.48 per hour. Cash earnings for Auto Mechanics — including $7K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $22K to $61K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though experience level and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, over one-half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. The majority of Auto Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,216 - $76,120
$24K
$44K
$76K
MEDIAN: $44,373
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$10.10 - $26.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,216 - $76,120  
   
Bonus
$193.50 - $7,229  
Profit Sharing
$4.76 - $6,188  
Commission
$207.81 - $30,410  
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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$22,016 - $61,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,603
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $26.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $4.89  
Overtime
$14.07 - $33.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$193.50 - $7,229  
   
Commission
$207.81 - $30,410  
Profit Sharing
$4.76 - $6,188  
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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$22,016 - $61,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,474

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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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While Auto Mechanics do not often become Mechanical Engineers, the job pays $64K per year on average. Auto Mechanics moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Automotive Technicians or Automotive Service Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Honda Dealership, The Pep Boys, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Auto Mechanics. Auto Mechanics flock to Chrysler Group LLC. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $54K lead the pack in compensation; however, Chrysler Group LLC. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $21K at one end to $78K at the other end. Auto Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks at CarMax, Inc. ($43K), Bridgestone Americas ($41K), and Nissan North America, Inc. ($40K).

Auto Mechanics will find the worst pay at Valvoline Instant Oil Change, where the median salary crawls in at $22K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $27K, leaving little room for growth. Other low-paying employers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $22K and Honda Dealership at $30K, though some Auto Mechanics there earn up to $50K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Auto Mechanics report using a deep pool 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service, Maintenance, and Tools. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also know 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. Auto Mechanics see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $50K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,845

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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Auto Mechanics in Portland receive some of the highest pay in the country. Auto Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+23 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Phoenix (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tampa.

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
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1054 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 1054 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

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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