Automotive Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Automotive Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $17.25 per hour. Total cash incomes of Automotive Technicians run from $23K to $62K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K, profit sharing that reaches $2K, and some commissions of nearly $33K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but career length and geographic location are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Automotive Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,698 - $75,994
$25K
$46K
$76K
MEDIAN: $46,282
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$10.31 - $26.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,698 - $75,994  
   
Bonus
$289.61 - $10,152  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $2,061  
Commission
$983 - $33,119  
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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$23,086 - $61,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 987
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $26.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $3.93  
Overtime
$14.23 - $34.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$289.61 - $10,152  
   
Commission
$983 - $33,119  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $2,061  
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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$23,086 - $61,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,525

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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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Advancing into an Automotive Service Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Automotive Technicians, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $53K per year. Career advancement for the typical Automotive Technician often leads to becoming a Diesel Technician or an Automobile Service Advisor; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Technician


Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Ford Motor Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Honda Dealership are among the top companies that take on many Automotive Technicians. Chrysler Group LLC. pays the most with a median salary of $46K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $24K to a high of $84K. Other big spenders include Automotive, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and CarMax, Inc., top-paying firms where Automotive Technicians see paychecks nearing $45K, $44K, or $44K.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($22K). 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 $45K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with diagnostics, Systems Troubleshooting, and Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 12 percent, and 9 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 skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Technician

Pay by Experience for an Automotive Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Automotive Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 1,959 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automotive Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 1,355 salaries. An experienced Automotive Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 1,328 salaries. An Automotive Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 799 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,808

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For those looking to make money, Automotive Technicians in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Automotive Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+24 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), Portland (+17 percent), and Charlotte (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Orlando and 1 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 680 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Automotive Technician Salaries

▲32%

▲19%

▼0%

National Average
$39,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect Automotive Technician Salaries

▲39%


Welding
▲9%




diesel
▲5%


National Average
$39,000

▼5%

diagnosis
▼6%

Suspension
▼10%


BRAKES
▼27%

Alignment
▼28%

Problem Solving
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 680 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 41%
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