Tire Technician Salary
Men make up the majority of Tire Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $11.42 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Tire Technicians stretch from $19K on the lower end to $40K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $3K from profit sharing. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. Some workers in this field — just over a half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by slightly less than one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average.
Job Description for Tire Technician
Tire technicians work in garages and for mechanics, helping to inspect, repair, and replace tires. For some shops, tire technicians also must be willing and able to operate roadside service vehicles (typically a pickup truck not requiring a commercial driver's license) and assist stranded motorists in need of assistance.Read More...
Normally the bulk of a tire technician's job takes place in a dedicated garage, usually run by a car dealer or larger tire manufacturing company. The tire technician inspects and assesses the damage to tires and determines if they are repairable or require replacement. The technician then performs any repairs that can be safely made or matches the tire to the specifications of the car model and other tires on the vehicle for replacement.
Because the decision to repair or replace a tire can seem subjective to a customer (although from the point of view of the shop, there are fairly definitive rules to cover liability concerns), the tire technician should be able to provide an estimate of work to be done and show the reason for the decision prior to performing the work. The technician must work efficiently and safely while keeping the vehicle neat and clean. The workspace used by the technician must also be maintained in good working order and kept neat.
To work as a tire technician, typically a person must have a high school diploma or equivalent. While this position may be entry level for those looking to make a career as an auto mechanic and have vocational training in the field, for others it may be necessary to gain practical experience in a shop at lower levels first. A tire technician typically works during regular business hours, but for shops offering roadside assistance, a person may be required to be “on call” for specified times during the week as well.
Tire Technician Tasks
- Explain technical diagnoses and repairs to customers.
- Use automotive knowledge to assist customers with technical questions related to product installation and removal.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Tire Technician
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Tire Technicians include Discount Tire Co., Inc., Sam's Club, Big O Tires, Inc., The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Les Schwab Tire Centers. Those at Les Schwab Tire Centers can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $33K. Tire Pros, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and BJ's Wholesale Club are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Tire Technicians earning around $33K, $30K, or $26K at each firm, respectively.
The smallest paychecks can be found at Big O Tires, Inc. — the median salary there is $21K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $15K and $32K. Workers at Belle Tire, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Sam's Club also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $21K, $23K, and $23K respectively.
Pay by Experience Level for Tire Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Tire Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $24K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $32K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.