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 $16.81 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by career length and location. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. For the most part, Auto Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,192 - $71,936
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$24K
$42K
$72K
MEDIAN: $42,220
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$9.96 - $25.76
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$10
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,192 - $71,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,522  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $6,153  
Commission
$92.00 - $30,837  
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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$21,544 - $59,779  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,596
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $25.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.02 - $3.02  
Overtime
$10.77 - $33.60  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,522  
   
Commission
$92.00 - $30,837  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $6,153  
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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$21,544 - $59,779  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,205
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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

  • 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 / Mechanic


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While not commonly seen, Auto Mechanics who transition into a Mechanical Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Mechanical Engineers is $63K per year. A common career progression for an Automotive Mechanic is to become an Automotive Technician or an Automotive Service Manager. Compared to Auto Mechanics, the first group earns $1K more on average, and the second group earns $15K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Known for taking on a considerable number of Auto Mechanics, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Honda Dealership, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Ford Motor Company are leading firms in the industry. CarMax, Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $48K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $32K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $80K. Auto Mechanics will also find cushy salaries at Automotive (+$42K), Nissan North America, Inc. (+$40K), and General Motors Corporation (+$39K).

Jiffylube offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($21K). Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Tires Plus at $24K, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co where $29K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Auto Mechanics there earn up to $59K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Survey results imply that Auto Mechanics deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Hybrid Systems, Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV), and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 24 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service, Maintenance, and Tools. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also know Maintenance, Systems Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

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 Auto Mechanics. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $29K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Auto Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. Auto Mechanics 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 $48K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,002

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Auto Mechanics that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Auto Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+18 percent), Denver (+15 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). In New York, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Atlanta and Pittsburgh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (2 percent less).

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Reviews

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

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in South Euclid:
"Mechanics Are Exploited."
Pros: Nothing like fixing the most challenging job to really give you a sense of accomplishment. I look forward to it to keep me on the front line of my trade.
Cons: After performing top notch repairs time and again and proving my worth it just gets expected and never appreciated, in dollar terms. Employers are always looking for "qualified techs" but when they get one they don't want to pay and consistently try to de-value your performance to justify their greed.

What is it like working as an Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic at Tires Plus?

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Fremont:
"I Guess It's Better Than Nothing."
Pros: I like cars and turning wrenches. Most of the people I work with are decent, hardworking people.
Cons: The pay is not enough to make a living. It's also very dirty and unsanitary-we're encouraged to change our uniforms at work but there is no locker room, and the bathroom floor is filthy.

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Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$38,000



Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries






Automotive Engine Repair
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Performance
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Computer Service
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Training
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National Average
$38,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1141 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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