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Automotive Technician Salary (United States)

Automotive Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.63 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $10.16 per hour to $25.96. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by tenure and location. Roughly two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and nearly two in five claim dental coverage as well. Most Automotive Technicians are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Automotive Technician Salary (?
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$27,017 - $75,815
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MEDIAN: $47,389
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Automotive Technician Salary (?
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$10.16 - $25.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$27,017 - $75,815  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,019  
Profit Sharing
$120.00 - $10,000  
Commission
$521 - $39,663  
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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$23,327 - $61,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 617
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $25.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.00  
Overtime
$12.13 - $33.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,019  
   
Commission
$521 - $39,663  
Profit Sharing
$120.00 - $10,000  
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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$23,327 - $61,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,112
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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 upper level Automotive Service Manager positions, where pay tends to be much higher. On average, Automotive Service Managers earn $53K per year. It is not uncommon for an Automotive Technician to continue on to become an Automobile Service Advisor or a Shop Foreman.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Technician

Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Ford Motor Company, Honda Dealership, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Automotive Technicians. For Automotive Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at CarMax, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $47K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($30K versus $63K) is great. Soaring salaries can also be found at Meineke Car Care Centers, Ford Motor Company, and Aamco Transmissions, Inc., where earnings of $41K, $41K, or $41K are standard for Automotive Technicians.
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 $49K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Technician

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with transmission repair, Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV), and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 26 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Welding, Maintenance, and Suspension. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to know Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Automotive Technicians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $50K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Denver is home to an above-average pay rate for Automotive Technicians, 18 percent higher than the national average. Automotive Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Las Vegas (+13 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Automotive Technician Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Automotive Technician Salaries

transmission repair
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Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV)
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Customer Service
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diagnostics
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Systems Troubleshooting
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System Repair
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Troubleshooting
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Automotive Engine Repair
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National Average
$40,000
Suspension
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Welding
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 569 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

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: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 41%