Automotive Technician Salary

Male Automotive Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $17.13 per hour in the United States. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $2K, respectively — total cash payment to Automotive Technicians can bottom out near $23K or peak near $62K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and geographic location. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by roughly two-fifths.

$24,512 - $75,302
$25K
$46K
$75K
MEDIAN: $45,837
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$10.21 - $26.57
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$17
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MEDIAN: $17.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,512 - $75,302  
   
Bonus
$291.49 - $10,148  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $2,068  
Commission
$986 - $32,847  
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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$22,648 - $61,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 993
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $26.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $3.86  
Overtime
$13.60 - $33.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$291.49 - $10,148  
   
Commission
$986 - $32,847  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $2,068  
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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$22,648 - $61,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,457
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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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Automotive Technicians might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Automotive Service Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $53K per year. Automotive Technicians typically move into roles as Diesel Technicians or Automobile Service Advisors, and those positions pay $4K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Technician


Automotive Technicians flock to Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Ford Motor Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Honda Dealership, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Employees of Chrysler Group LLC. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $46K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $24K to $84K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Automotive at $45K, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) at $44K, and CarMax, Inc., where Automotive Technicians annually earn $44K.

With a median salary of $22K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc provides Automotive Technicians with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $30K, limiting employee salary growth. Other low-paying employers include Midas Auto Services at $27K and Firestone Complete Auto Care at $31K, though some Automotive Technicians there earn up to $45K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Technician


Automotive Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with diagnostics, Systems Troubleshooting, and Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 13 percent, and 10 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 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. Automotive Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,544

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Automotive Technicians in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Automotive Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+25 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), Portland (+18 percent), and Charlotte (+14 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average.

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 621 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

▲33%

▲20%

▲1%

National Average
$39,000

▼20%

Skills That Affect Automotive Technician Salaries

▲40%


Welding
▲10%





diesel
▲5%

National Average
$39,000

▼4%

diagnosis
▼6%

Suspension
▼10%


BRAKES
▼27%

Alignment
▼27%

Problem Solving
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 621 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: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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