Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Auto Mechanics earn an average of $16.68 per hour. Total cash earnings of Auto Mechanics range from $22K on the low end to $61K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $6K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though career length and location have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Auto Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than two-fifths are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by over one-half and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,318 - $76,436
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MEDIAN: $44,802
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$10.13 - $26.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,318 - $76,436  
   
Bonus
$183.76 - $7,186  
Profit Sharing
$4.86 - $6,124  
Commission
$300.00 - $30,000  
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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$22,246 - $61,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,720
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $26.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $4.88  
Overtime
$13.98 - $33.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$183.76 - $7,186  
   
Commission
$300.00 - $30,000  
Profit Sharing
$4.86 - $6,124  
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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$22,246 - $61,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,821

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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

  • Diagnose, repair and perform maintenance on automobiles.
  • Maintain inventory of tools and parts.
  • Communicate with customer service, parts and sales departments.
  • Diagnose malfunctions using electronic testing equipment.

Common Career Paths for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


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Auto Mechanics who advance into the role of a Mechanical Engineer are fairly uncommon. Mechanical Engineers on average earn $64K per year. The most common next step for an Automotive Mechanic is to become an Automotive Technician or an Automotive Service Manager. The former position pays an additional $1K per year on average, and the latter position pays $15K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Many Auto Mechanics can be found at Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Honda Dealership, The Pep Boys, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, firms that are at the top of the field. Employees of Chrysler Group LLC. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $54K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $21K to $78K. Soaring salaries can also be found at CarMax, Inc., Bridgestone Americas, and Nissan North America, Inc., where earnings of $43K, $41K, or $40K are standard for Auto Mechanics.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Valvoline Instant Oil Change — the median salary comes to just $22K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $22K and Honda Dealership at $30K, though 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 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 31 percent, 30 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Maintenance, and Tools. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also know Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

Pay by Experience for an Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 2,940 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 2,061 salaries. An experienced Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 2,172 salaries. An Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,550 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $38,247

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For Auto Mechanics, working in the bustling city of Portland has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Auto Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+21 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Employers in Houston and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic?

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Odessa:
"Horrible management."
Pros: Good training program if you can get in on it, pay is good depending on who is reading the stories.
Cons: Management would rather blame the mechanics for the shops condition, but haven't updated the shop or equipment in years. They can't keep good help in the office due to poor upper management. If you complain to higher ups they just tell the person that you're complaining on and turn it around on you.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Tampa:
"Used car tech."
Pros: Everyday is a different experience with different things happening. It's fun to use my mind and figure out exactly how to make a repair in a timely manner.
Cons: A lot of work paired with frequent injurys and being exposed to highly cancerous chemicals on a daily basis makes it seem not worth it.

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Key Stats for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1169 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries

▲31%

▲14%

National Average
$38,000

▼1%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1169 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 44%
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