Lube Technician Salary
Job Description for Lube Technician
Vehicles require regular maintenance to keep operating at peak efficiency. A key element of this process is regular oil changes, and the person who usually performs this task is a lube technician. A lube technician typically works at dealerships or dedicated automotive service outlets. They are in charge of removing and replacing oil filters, draining the engine of old oil, and replacing it with new oil. The technician also treats the chassis with lube as required or suggested by the manufacturer. In this job, the technician must be aware of the manufacturer's suggested type of oil, which may require consulting a computer database or specification manual.Read More...
Most employers of lube technicians also expect this employee to perform a functional inspection of the vehicle to note any potential problems and communicate those to the customer. The technician also checks and replaces or refills other necessary fluids, such as coolant and washer fluids, as well as checks and replaces items such as air filters. The technician may perform minor vehicle cleaning and detailing, such as cleaning dashboards and vacuuming the car interior. With dedicated oil change shops, the technician is expected to follow work protocols and complete oil changes quickly. A final inspection of all work is also mandatory for the technician.
This job is typically entry-level in the automotive repair field. Employees typically are hired mostly based on aptitude and practical experience over formal education, although some employers (for insurance reasons) require a high school diploma or equivalent. Lube technicians typically work during regular business hours during the day, although some dealerships may stay open into the evening also.
Lube Technician Tasks
- Explain technical diagnoses and repairs to customers.
- Use automotive knowledge to assist customers with technical questions related to product installation and removal.
Common Career Paths for Lube Technician
Lube Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Operations Manager. The average Operations Manager brings home $59K per year. Career advancement for the typical Lube Technician often leads to becoming an Automotive Mechanic or an Automotive Technician; median salaries in these positions are $16K higher and $17K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Lube Technician
Kwik Kar Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $24K.
Salaries are easily beat at Jiffylube, where median pay comes to just $20K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $16K and ending at $22K, range in salary is rather small.
Popular Skills for Lube Technician
Lube Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Oil Changes, Maintenance, Automotive Engine Repair, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Team Leadership and Mechanical Tool Repair. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Automotive Engine Repair.
Pay by Experience Level for Lube Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $24K. Lube Technicians bring in $24K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.
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