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 $16.74 per hour. Overall compensation packages to Auto Mechanics range from $22K on the low end to $62K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $7K and profit sharing that approaches $6K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $29K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and location. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While more than two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, just over a half do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,321 - $77,083
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MEDIAN: $44,882
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$10.19 - $26.47
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$0$77K
Salary $24,321 - $77,083
Bonus $194.21 - $7,353
Profit Sharing $4.89 - $6,110
Commission $493.16 - $29,441
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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$22,472 - $61,936
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,729
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.19 - $26.47
Hourly Tips $0.12 - $4.80
Overtime $13.97 - $34.32
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $194.21 - $7,353
Commission $493.16 - $29,441
Profit Sharing $4.89 - $6,110
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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$22,472 - $61,936
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,841

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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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Auto Mechanics sometimes assume positions such as Mechanical Engineers. That role pays $64K per year on average. It is quite typical for Auto Mechanics to transition into roles as Automotive Technicians or Automotive Service Managers, where reported median earnings are $1K and $15K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Auto Mechanics flock to Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Honda Dealership, The Pep Boys, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Auto Mechanics seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Chrysler Group LLC., where the median salary comes to $54K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($21K) and those starting out ($78K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Soaring salaries can also be found at CarMax, Inc., Bridgestone Americas, and Nissan North America, Inc., where earnings of $43K, $41K, or $40K are standard for Auto Mechanics.

The lowest pay by far can be found at Valvoline Instant Oil Change — this employer offers a median salary of $22K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. 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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 31 percent, 30 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Maintenance, and Tools. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to know Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

Pay by Experience for an Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 2,940 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic 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 2,061 salaries. An experienced Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 2,172 salaries. An Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,550 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $38,308

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For Auto Mechanics, busy Portland offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Auto Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+21 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Houston and 1 percent less in Orlando, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Reviews

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

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Odessa:
"Horrible management."
Pros: Good training program if you can get in on it, pay is good depending on who is reading the stories.
Cons: Management would rather blame the mechanics for the shops condition, but haven't updated the shop or equipment in years. They can't keep good help in the office due to poor upper management. If you complain to higher ups they just tell the person that you're complaining on and turn it around on you.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Denver:
"Mechanic low to mid level 1 ase."
Pros: Working on cars and meeting the customers. You really feel satisfied at the end of the day.
Cons: Rude coworkers, picky customers, lazy coworkers, some days produce little to no income.

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.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Colorado Springs:
Pros: The shop has never had an unsatisfied customer.
Cons: The shop is getting too small to keep up with the demand.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Tupelo:
Pros: Being around Vehicles. Fixing Vehicles.
Cons: Paperwork. Stress. Having to help everyone.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Topeka:
"Fixing things."
Pros: I like the most about my job is I get to work on cars all day while I stay busy.
Cons: The thing I like least about my job is that I don't get paid enough to do what I am able to do.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Toledo:
Pros: The people and the environment. And I am outside pretty much all day.
Cons: Always staying late.and sometimes overworked.

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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 1265 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries

▲31%

▲14%

National Average
$38,000

▼1%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1265 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 44%
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