Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Auto Mechanics earn an average of $17.05 per hour. Total cash compensation for Auto Mechanics runs from $22K to $59K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. While years of experience and geographic location impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Nearly two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Auto Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,093 - $70,480
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$24K
$42K
$70K
MEDIAN: $41,524
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$9.95 - $25.73
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,093 - $70,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,413  
Profit Sharing
$193.99 - $6,020  
Commission
$204.26 - $35,235  
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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$21,643 - $59,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,461
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $25.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07 - $3.06  
Overtime
$6.89 - $33.40  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,413  
   
Commission
$204.26 - $35,235  
Profit Sharing
$193.99 - $6,020  
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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$21,643 - $59,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,774

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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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Auto Mechanics do not often transition into Mechanical Engineer roles. The role averages $63K per year. When Auto Mechanics are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Automotive Technicians or Automotive Service Managers. Those roles pay an additional $2K and $14K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Toyota Dealership, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Honda Dealership, Ford Motor Company, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co are top-notch employers for Auto Mechanics in this area. Although CarMax, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $44K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $33K or as much as $81K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Automotive, Nissan North America, Inc., and General Motors Corporation, where earnings of $44K, $40K, or $39K are standard for Auto Mechanics.

Earnings fall especially short at Tires Plus, where the median salary of $25K is the lowest in the field, 77 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Midas Auto Services at $27K, 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 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 24 percent, 22 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Maintenance, and Tools. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to know System Repair, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

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


For many Auto Mechanics, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $38K. Auto Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. 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 $47K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Auto Mechanics in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Auto Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+22 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Charlotte (+10 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Los Angeles and 3 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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






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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1028 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
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%