Automotive Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Automotive Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.39 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Automotive Technicians (largely between $23K and $61K) includes potential earnings of $3K from bonuses, $10K from profit sharing, and commissions of $34K in exceptional cases. While career length and geographic location impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about two in five lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and close to two-fifths have dental, too. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession.

$25,640 - $76,284
(Median)
$26K
$47K
$76K
MEDIAN: $46,689
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$10.13 - $26.06
(Median)
$10
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$25,640 - $76,284  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,062  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $9,933  
Commission
$503 - $34,246  
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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$22,817 - $61,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $26.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.50  
Overtime
$12.39 - $33.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,062  
   
Commission
$503 - $34,246  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $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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$22,817 - $61,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,015
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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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There are some Automotive Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Automotive Service Managers, where earnings are an average $53K annually.

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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, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Ford Motor Company, and CarMax, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. CarMax, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town ($45K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $24K to $59K. Other big spenders include Ford Motor Company, The Pep Boys, and Bridgestone Americas, top-paying firms where Automotive Technicians see paychecks nearing $40K, $39K, or $39K.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where the median salary is just $21K — less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include Sears Holdings Corporation at $21K and Midas Auto Services at $27K, though some Automotive Technicians there earn up to $51K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Technician


Survey results imply that Automotive Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with transmission repair, Hybrid Systems, and diagnostics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 32 percent, and 26 percent, respectively. Those listing Metal Inert Gas Welding as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. BRAKES and Maintenance also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those 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.


Automotive Technicians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary 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

National Average: $39,084

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San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Automotive Technicians, 25 percent above the national average. Automotive Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+24 percent), Charlotte (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and Portland (+14 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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

transmission repair
up arrow 33%

Hybrid Systems
up arrow 32%

diagnostics
up arrow 26%

Master Technician
up arrow 17%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 10%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

System Repair
up arrow 4%

Suspension
up arrow 4%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 3%

Diagnostic
up arrow 1%

diagnosis
0%

National Average
$39,000


BRAKES
up arrow 27%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 831 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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