Men make up the majority of Automotive Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $17.12 per hour. Overall compensation packages to Automotive Technicians range from $23K on the low end to $61K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $10K and profit sharing that approaches $2K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $31K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by career duration and location. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,612 - $76,263
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$25K
$46K
$76K
MEDIAN: $46,452
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$10.19 - $26.37
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$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,612 - $76,263  
   
Bonus
$247.93 - $10,059  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,061  
Commission
$860 - $31,449  
Total Pay (?
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$22,595 - $61,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,086
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $26.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03 - $4.06  
Overtime
$13.08 - $33.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$247.93 - $10,059  
   
Commission
$860 - $31,449  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$22,595 - $61,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,666
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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 often transition into Automotive Service Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Automotive Service Managers earn $53K per year. Automotive Technicians typically move into roles as Automobile Service Advisors or Diesel Technicians, and those positions pay $2K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Technician


Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Ford Motor Company, and CarMax, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Automotive Technicians. The biggest paychecks can be found at General Motors Corporation — the median salary there is $51K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Automotive, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and CarMax, Inc., where Automotive Technicians typically earn around $45K, $44K, or $44K, respectively.

Known for its small paychecks, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $21K — less than half of the top paying company's rate. 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 $47K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Technician


Automotive Technicians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Hybrid Systems, diagnostics, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 42 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Problem Solving as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Alignment and BRAKES also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Technician

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


Automotive Technicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Automotive Technicians make a median salary of $46K. 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 $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,556

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For Automotive Technicians, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Automotive Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+22 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Portland (+16 percent), and Columbus (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Philadelphia (4 percent less) and Orlando (2 percent less).

Automotive Technician Reviews

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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Experience Affects Automotive Technician Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Automotive Technician Salaries

Hybrid Systems
up arrow 44%

diagnostics
up arrow 42%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 11%

Master Technician
up arrow 10%




Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 4%

diagnosis
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000


Suspension
up arrow 8%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 16%

BRAKES
up arrow 27%

Problem Solving
up arrow 27%

Alignment
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 662 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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