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Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary

Auto Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.94 per hour. Total cash compensation to Auto Mechanics bottoms out near $21K and approaches $59K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though career duration and geographic location have a (lesser) impact as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by over a third. Most Auto Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$23,937 - $69,205
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MEDIAN: $41,416
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$9.90 - $25.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,937 - $69,205  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,421  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $5,939  
Commission
$511 - $28,697  
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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$21,474 - $58,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,477
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $25.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.22 - $5.18  
Overtime
$8.09 - $32.70  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,421  
   
Commission
$511 - $28,697  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $5,939  
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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$21,474 - $58,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,056
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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 $62K), this progression is not the norm. Auto Mechanics most often move into positions as Automotive Technicians or Automotive Service Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Many Auto Mechanics can be found at Toyota Dealership, Honda Dealership, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Ford Motor Company, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, firms that are at the top of the field. Although CarMax, Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $44K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $33K on the low end all the way up to $81K at the top. Auto Mechanics will also find cushy salaries at Automotive (+$43K), AutoNation, Inc. (+$42K), and Nissan North America, Inc. (+$40K).

Jiffylube pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $19K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sears Holdings Corporation at $20K, and Tires Plus where $25K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Auto Mechanics there earn up to $62K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Auto Mechanics seem to wield many skills 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 23 percent, 21 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Tools, Customer Service, and Maintenance. Most people experienced in System Repair also know Maintenance. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Systems Troubleshooting, 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $28K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. For Auto Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Auto Mechanics, 29 percent higher than the national average. Auto Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+18 percent), Denver (+17 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Portland (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tampa. Workers in Los Angeles and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 3 percent less, 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 964 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
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 41%