Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Auto Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $16.86 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. While two in five report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Job satisfaction for Auto Mechanics is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,176 - $69,693
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$24K
$41K
$70K
MEDIAN: $41,365
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$9.95 - $25.70
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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
$24,176 - $69,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,369  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $6,153  
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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$21,567 - $59,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,470
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $25.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07 - $3.06  
Overtime
$6.16 - $33.20  
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 - $2,369  
   
Commission
$94.80 - $35,117  
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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$21,567 - $59,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,758
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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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There are some Auto Mechanics — though it's uncommon — that transition into Mechanical Engineers, where earnings are an average $63K annually. 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 $15K, 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 among the top companies that take on many Auto Mechanics. Employees of CarMax, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $44K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $33K to $81K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Automotive, Nissan North America, Inc., and General Motors Corporation, top-paying firms where Auto Mechanics rake in a $43K, $40K, or $39K, respectively.

Auto Mechanics will find the worst pay at Jiffylube, where the median salary crawls in at $21K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $27K, leaving little room for 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


Survey takers working as Auto Mechanics report using a large range of professional skills. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Maintenance, Customer Service, and Tools. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes 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. Auto Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 33 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 (+20 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, New York is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (5 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 1030 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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