Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary

Auto Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.81 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and location. Some workers in this field — just over two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,192 - $71,936
(Median)
$24K
$42K
$72K
MEDIAN: $42,220
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$9.96 - $25.76
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$10
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$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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Though not the most common occurrence, Auto Mechanics sometimes become Mechanical Engineers, where the average income is $63K per year. 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 Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Ford Motor Company, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. CarMax, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $48K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $32K to a high of $80K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Automotive, Nissan North America, Inc., and General Motors Corporation, where Auto Mechanics typically earn around $42K, $40K, or $39K, respectively.

Salaries are easily beat at Jiffylube, where median pay comes to just $21K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $16K and ending at $27K, range in salary is rather small. 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. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in 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.


Auto Mechanics with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $29K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. For Auto Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $48K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,002

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Surpassing the national average by 35 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 Dallas (+18 percent), Denver (+15 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in New York. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta and Pittsburgh (2 percent lower).

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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System 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

Technical Services
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Welding
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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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