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 $16.84 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though years of experience and location have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While around two in five report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,153 - $70,024
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$24K
$41K
$70K
MEDIAN: $41,490
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$9.95 - $25.71
(Median)
$9
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$24,153 - $70,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,393  
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $6,183  
Commission
$94.80 - $35,117  
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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$21,571 - $59,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,469
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $25.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07 - $3.06  
Overtime
$6.70 - $33.26  
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 - $2,393  
   
Commission
$94.80 - $35,117  
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $6,183  
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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$21,571 - $59,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,751
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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


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. Auto Mechanics flock to CarMax, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $44K lead the pack in compensation; however, CarMax, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $33K at one end to $81K at the other end. Other leaders in compensation levels are Automotive at $43K, Nissan North America, Inc. at $40K, and General Motors Corporation, where Auto Mechanics annually earn $39K.

Jiffylube reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $21K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co at $29K, and Honda Dealership where $30K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Auto Mechanics there earn up to $50K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Auto Mechanics seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Maintenance, Customer Service, and Tools. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to know 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.


For many Auto Mechanics, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. Auto Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Auto Mechanics that is 33 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 Denver (+19 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Richmond (+16 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Colorado Springs (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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.

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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 1029 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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