Automotive Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Automotive Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $17.49 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.14 per hour on the lower end to $26.03 on the higher end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but career length and geographic location are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly two in five lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and roughly two in five have dental, too. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction.

$26,152 - $76,179
(Median)
$26K
$47K
$76K
MEDIAN: $46,879
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$10.14 - $26.03
(Median)
$10
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,152 - $76,179  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,628  
Profit Sharing
$39.15 - $9,933  
Commission
$499.48 - $39,149  
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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$22,969 - $61,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 933
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $26.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.94  
Overtime
$12.17 - $34.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,628  
   
Commission
$499.48 - $39,149  
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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$22,969 - $61,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,104
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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. Becoming an Automobile Service Advisor or a Shop Foreman is a common transition from an Automotive Technician role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Technician


Many Automotive Technicians can be found at Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Ford Motor Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Honda Dealership, firms that are at the top of the field. For Automotive Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at CarMax, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $46K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($22K versus $61K) is great. Other leaders in compensation levels 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


Automotive Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with transmission repair, Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV), and Master Technician are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 27 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Those listing BRAKES as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Welding and Maintenance also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. 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 $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Automotive Technicians, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Automotive Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Portland (+15 percent), and Pittsburgh (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (3 percent lower) and Phoenix (2 percent lower).

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%

Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV)
up arrow 27%

Master Technician
up arrow 19%

ASE
up arrow 14%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 11%


System Repair
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

diagnostics
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 679 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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