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Automotive Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automotive Technicians earn an average of $17.56 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.13 per hour and $25.82. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by years of experience and geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by roughly two-fifths. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported.

$26,798 - $75,220
(Median)
$27K
$47K
$75K
MEDIAN: $47,048
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90%

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$10.13 - $25.82
(Median)
$10
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,798 - $75,220  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,294  
Profit Sharing
$39.15 - $9,933  
Commission
$496.43 - $38,978  
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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$23,070 - $60,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 840
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $25.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.94  
Overtime
$12.13 - $33.80  
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 - $2,294  
   
Commission
$496.43 - $38,978  
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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$23,070 - $60,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,780

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Automotive Service Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $53K per year. An Automobile Service Advisor or a Shop Foreman is a typical transition from an Automotive Technician role.

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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. Although CarMax, Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $46K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $22K to $62K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Ford Motor Company, The Pep Boys, and Automotive, where Automotive Technicians typically earn around $40K, $39K, or $38K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sears Holdings Corporation at $22K, and Midas Auto Services where $27K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Automotive Technicians there earn up to $51K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Technician


Automotive Technicians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with diesel, transmission repair, and Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 29 percent, and 27 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Welding and Maintenance. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Technician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $30K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. For Automotive Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


Automotive Technicians will find that Charlotte offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Automotive Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+18 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Portland (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando.

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
$40,000



Skills That Affect Automotive Technician Salaries

diesel
up arrow 34%

transmission repair
up arrow 29%

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

Customer Service
up arrow 22%

Master Technician
up arrow 14%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 10%

ASE
up arrow 10%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

diagnostics
up arrow 3%

System Repair
up arrow 2%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Suspension
up arrow 1%


Welding
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 671 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
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: 28% employee benefits None: 41%
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