Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary

Auto Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.83 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Some workers in this field — nearly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. Job satisfaction for Auto Mechanics is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,171 - $70,034

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$9.94 - $25.68

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,171 - $70,034  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,356  
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $6,128  
Commission
$57.50 - $35,000  
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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$21,528 - $59,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,478
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $25.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07 - $3.06  
Overtime
$6.44 - $33.11  
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 - $2,356  
   
Commission
$57.50 - $35,000  
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $6,128  
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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$21,528 - $59,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,788
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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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Though some Auto Mechanics move into positions like Mechanical Engineer (where the average salary is $63K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Automotive Mechanic often leads to becoming an Automotive Technician or an Automotive Service Manager; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Honda Dealership, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Ford Motor Company are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Auto Mechanics. Although CarMax, Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $44K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $33K to $81K. Also paying near the top of the field are Automotive at $43K, Nissan North America, Inc. at $40K, and General Motors Corporation, where Auto Mechanics annually earn $39K.

With a median salary of $21K, Jiffylube provides Auto Mechanics with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $27K, limiting employee salary growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co at $29K, and Firestone Complete Auto Care where $30K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Auto Mechanics there earn up to $43K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Auto Mechanics seem to exploit a large range 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 22 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Maintenance, Customer Service, and Tools. It is often found that people who know Electronic Troubleshooting are also skilled in Systems Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Maintenance.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Auto Mechanics make a median salary of $43K. Auto Mechanics who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $47K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Auto Mechanics, 34 percent higher than the national average. Auto Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+18 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Portland (+10 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, New York is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (4 percent lower) and Colorado Springs (3 percent lower).

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Reviews

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

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Howell:
"At least I have a job, but I need to make more money."
Pros: They accept me for how slow I am to make sure the job is done right the first time, but I have been getting much faster. They accept me for the mental disorders I have which are Depression, ADD, and Anxiety. They pay for the registration fees for taking my ASE tests.
Cons: I don't make enough money because of my low productivity and I don't always get paid properly for the work I do. They very often need me to do the lowest level jobs which pays less because they don't have that many low level techs. The management is very poor. The boss is too pushy and puts me down a lot.

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.

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Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries






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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1033 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 41%
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