Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automotive Technicians earn an average of $17.17 per hour. Overall incomes of Automotive Technicians — including $10K bonuses, $5K profit sharing proceeds, and $31K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $23K and $62K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and geographic location are driving factors as well. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — around two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly two-fifths.

$24,658 - $75,192
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,658 - $75,192  
   
Bonus
$275.00 - $10,075  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,106  
Commission
$984 - $31,094  
Total Pay (?
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$22,641 - $61,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,072
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $26.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $2.58  
Overtime
$13.41 - $33.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$275.00 - $10,075  
   
Commission
$984 - $31,094  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,106  
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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$22,641 - $61,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,673

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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

  • 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 Technician


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Many Automotive Technicians move into an Automotive Service Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $53K per year. It is quite typical for Automotive Technicians to transition into roles as Diesel Technicians or Automobile Service Advisors, where reported median earnings are $4K and $2K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Technician


Automotive Technicians flock to Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Ford Motor Company, and CarMax, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. U.S. Postal Service (USPS) does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $45K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $34K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $85K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Automotive at $45K, CarMax, Inc. at $44K, and Chrysler Group LLC., where Automotive Technicians annually earn $43K.

The lowest pay by far can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc — this employer offers a median salary of $22K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Midas Auto Services at $27K, and Firestone Complete Auto Care where $31K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Automotive Technicians there earn up to $47K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Technician


Automotive Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Hybrid Systems, diagnostics, and Master Technician are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 28 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Problem Solving as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Alignment and BRAKES also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Technician

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


Automotive Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Automotive Technicians bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,685

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With a pay rate for Automotive Technicians that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Automotive Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+19 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Charlotte (+17 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Orlando (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Automotive Technician Reviews

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

Automotive Technician in Sunnyvale:
"Passion for the job is a must."
Pros: -decent pay. -interesting. -work on amazing cars. -cleaner than traditional automotive technician work w/ ICE vehicles.
Cons: -High stress/pressure. -Extremely long hours. -Allows very little time for personal life. -politics in management.

Automotive Technician in Appleton:
"Stressful."
Pros: My job is very unorganized. Management is terrible, and I am very underpaid compared to the national average.
Cons: Long hours, lots of overtime, little pay, no perks.

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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Key Stats for Automotive Technician

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 645 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Automotive Technician Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Automotive Technician Salaries

Hybrid Systems
up arrow 32%

diagnostics
up arrow 28%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 13%

Master Technician
up arrow 13%





National Average
$39,000


diagnosis
up arrow 6%

Suspension
up arrow 10%


BRAKES
up arrow 26%

Alignment
up arrow 27%

Problem Solving
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 645 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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