Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary (United States)

An Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic earns an average wage of $16.82 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Hybrid Systems, Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV), and Electronic Troubleshooting.
Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary (?
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$24,028 - $68,472
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MEDIAN: $41,071
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Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary (?
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$9.86 - $25.42
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,028 - $68,472  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $5,896  
Commission
$781 - $29,380  
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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$21,357 - $58,072  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,549
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $25.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $5.09  
Overtime
$8.64 - $32.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
   
Commission
$781 - $29,380  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $5,896  
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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$21,357 - $58,072  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,303
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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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Pay Difference By Location

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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

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Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 41%
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