Automotive Technician Salary

Male Automotive Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $17.52 per hour in the United States. Earnings sit near $10.14 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.96 on the higher side. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and geography. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. While some workers in this profession — nearly two in five — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and nearly two in five have dental insurance.

$26,509 - $74,934
(Median)
$27K
$47K
$75K
MEDIAN: $46,700
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$10.14 - $25.96
(Median)
$10
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,509 - $74,934  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,538  
Profit Sharing
$39.15 - $9,933  
Commission
$494.91 - $39,336  
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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$22,960 - $60,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 913
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $25.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.91  
Overtime
$12.18 - $34.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,538  
   
Commission
$494.91 - $39,336  
Profit Sharing
$39.15 - $9,933  
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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$22,960 - $60,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,059
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Job Description for Automotive Technician

An automotive technician performs routine repairs, diagnostics, and maintenance on vehicles, including brake and hydraulic, exhaust, primary and/or advanced fuel ignition and electrical, suspension and alignment, air conditioning and computer systems. They typically work in an automotive repair shop or chain, describing needed work to customers and providing cost estimates needed to bring customer's vehicles up to manufacturer's specifications; they also may open their own auto shop or work in specialty companies such as dealerships or car rental companies. An auto shop, which often runs during regular business hours, usually has more than one technician, who are supervised by a shop manager or senior technician. The automotive technician also orders auto parts and other supplies needed for the repairs.

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Automotive Technician 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 Technician


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Automotive Technicians who move on to become Automotive Service Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Automotive Service Managers get paid an average of $53K per year. An Automotive Technician may also move into a role as an Automobile Service Advisor or a Shop Foreman.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Technician


Many Automotive Technicians can be found at Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Ford Motor Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Honda Dealership, firms that are at the top of the field. Automotive Technicians flock to CarMax, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $46K lead the pack in compensation; however, CarMax, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $22K at one end to $61K at the other end. Automotive Technicians will also find cushy salaries at Ford Motor Company (+$40K), The Pep Boys (+$38K), and Automotive (+$38K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $20K, and Sears Holdings Corporation where $21K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Automotive Technicians there earn up to $35K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Technician


Survey takers working as Automotive Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with transmission repair, Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV), and Master Technician are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 27 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Those listing BRAKES as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Welding and Maintenance also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also know Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Automotive Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. On average, Automotive Technicians make $45K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $50K, 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 26 percent, Automotive Technicians in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Automotive Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Portland (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 7 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 3 percent less in San Antonio and 2 percent less in Phoenix, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Automotive Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Automotive Technician?

Automotive Technician in Lakewood:
"Thorough, Quality Performance."
Pros: My favorite part of my job has to be the times that I find problems with a customer's vehicle that others have overlooked. Small problems can have large, long-term consequences.
Cons: Worst part/parts of my job: Long hours without breaks(literally no 15 minute breaks, no 30 minute lunch over a 10 hour shift), which can add to the stress of being extremely busy every single day. And with an hourly pay rate ten cents above minimum wage with no overtime(strict 40 hour work week), this job is possibly worse than a fast food job in many ways.

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Experience Affects Automotive Technician Salaries



National Average
$39,000



Skills That Affect Automotive Technician Salaries

transmission repair
up arrow 29%

Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV)
up arrow 27%

Master Technician
up arrow 19%

ASE
up arrow 11%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 11%


System Repair
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

diagnostics
up arrow 3%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 2%

diagnosis
0%

Suspension
0%

National Average
$39,000


Welding
up arrow 8%

BRAKES
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 678 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 41%
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