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Automotive Technician Salary (United States)

The average rate for an Automotive Technician is $17.88 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV) and Customer Service.
Automotive Technician Salary (?
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$27,979 - $75,654
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $46,920
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Automotive Technician Salary (?
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$10.11 - $26.01
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$27,979 - $75,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,967  
Profit Sharing
$40.85 - $10,067  
Commission
$1,000 - $40,000  
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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$23,180 - $61,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 525
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $26.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.06  
Overtime
$11.98 - $34.17  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,967  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $40,000  
Profit Sharing
$40.85 - $10,067  
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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$23,180 - $61,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,795
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Technician

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

Pay Difference By Location

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$40,000
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Experience Affects Automotive Technician Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Automotive Technician Salaries

Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV)
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Customer Service
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Automotive Engine Repair
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System Repair
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Troubleshooting
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National Average
$40,000
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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
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 41%