Automotive Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Automotive Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.64 per hour nationwide. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by tenure and location. Though the majority of Automotive Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. While roughly two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and about two-fifths have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,624 - $75,872
(Median)
$27K
$47K
$76K
MEDIAN: $47,472
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90%

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$10.17 - $25.93
(Median)
$10
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,624 - $75,872  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,168  
Profit Sharing
$39.15 - $9,933  
Commission
$512 - $39,228  
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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$23,246 - $61,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 793
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $25.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.94  
Overtime
$12.14 - $33.89  
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 - $2,168  
   
Commission
$512 - $39,228  
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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$23,246 - $61,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,606

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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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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. 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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Automotive Technicians, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Ford Motor Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Honda Dealership are leading firms in the industry. Automotive Technicians flock to CarMax, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $46K lead the pack in compensation; however, CarMax, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $21K at one end to $62K at the other end. Automotive Technicians will also find cushy salaries at Ford Motor Company (+$40K), The Pep Boys (+$39K), and Automotive (+$38K).

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 require a rather large skill set. 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 33 percent, 30 percent, and 26 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Welding, Suspension, and Maintenance. It is often found that people who know Electronic Troubleshooting are also skilled in Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Technician

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


Automotive Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. Automotive Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Automotive Technicians, Charlotte provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Automotive Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+18 percent), Denver (+17 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Virginia Beach is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

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 33%

transmission repair
up arrow 30%

Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV)
up arrow 26%

Customer Service
up arrow 22%

Master Technician
up arrow 13%

ASE
up arrow 10%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 9%


System Repair
up arrow 2%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 2%

diagnostics
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National Average
$40,000


Suspension
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Welding
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 665 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
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 41%