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Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Auto Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.88 per hour nationwide. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but years of experience and geography are influential factors as well. For the most part, Auto Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although two in five lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,221 - $70,122
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$24K
$41K
$70K
MEDIAN: $41,456
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$9.94 - $25.70
(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
$24,221 - $70,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,413  
Profit Sharing
$194.04 - $6,040  
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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$21,601 - $59,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,469
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $25.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07 - $3.06  
Overtime
$7.27 - $33.22  
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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,413  
   
Commission
$94.80 - $35,117  
Profit Sharing
$194.04 - $6,040  
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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$21,601 - $59,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,754

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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.

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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. Auto Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks at Automotive ($43K), Nissan North America, Inc. ($40K), and General Motors Corporation ($39K).

Tires Plus pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $25K, 77 percent lower than the top payer. Other low-paying employers include Midas Auto Services at $27K and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co at $29K, though some Auto Mechanics there earn up to $59K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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 22 percent, 21 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Maintenance, and Tools. The majority of those who know Electronic Troubleshooting also 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Auto Mechanics. 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. On average, Auto Mechanics make $43K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $47K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Auto Mechanics, 35 percent above the national average. Auto Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+19 percent), Denver (+19 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average. Employers in Atlanta and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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.

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
27%
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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