Automotive Technician Salary

Automotive Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.46 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.12 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $26.02. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but career duration and location are influential factors as well. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by two in five.

$26,140 - $76,585

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$10.12 - $26.02

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,140 - $76,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,619  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $9,967  
Commission
$501 - $36,394  
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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$22,896 - $60,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 958
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $26.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.96  
Overtime
$12.21 - $34.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,619  
   
Commission
$501 - $36,394  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $9,967  
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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$22,896 - $60,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,154
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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 Automotive Technician often moves on to become an Automobile Service Advisor or a Shop Foreman.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Technician


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Automotive Technicians include Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Ford Motor Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Honda Dealership. Although CarMax, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $46K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $22K or as much as $61K. Also paying near the top of the field are Ford Motor Company at $40K, Automotive at $39K, and The Pep Boys, where Automotive Technicians annually earn $38K.

Other low-paying employers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $20K and Sears Holdings Corporation at $21K, though 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, Hybrid Systems, and Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 30 percent, and 28 percent, respectively. Those listing BRAKES as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Welding and Maintenance also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Technician

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Automotive Technicians. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $39K. For Automotive Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. Automotive Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $50K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Automotive Technicians, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Automotive Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Portland (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

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 32%

Hybrid Systems
up arrow 30%

Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV)
up arrow 28%

Master Technician
up arrow 19%

ASE
up arrow 14%

diagnostics
up arrow 9%


System Repair
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 2%

Suspension
up arrow 1%

diagnosis
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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