$46,284
Avg. Salary
$17.31
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,500

Profit Sharing

$1,186

Commission

$4,925

The average pay for an Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic is $17.31 per hour.

The average pay for an Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic is $46,284 per year.

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$10.34 - $27.21
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$0$78K
Salary $24,969 - $78,437
Bonus $193 - $9,221
Profit Sharing $5.17 - $5,106
Commission $385 - $25,297
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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$23,094 - $62,980
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,207
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $10.34 - $27.21
Hourly Tips $0.10 - $4.14
Overtime $14.33 - $35.12
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $193 - $9,221
Commission $385 - $25,297
Profit Sharing $5.17 - $5,106
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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$23,094 - $62,980
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 10,919

Job Description for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

Automotive service technicians are more commonly known as "car mechanics" Automotive service technicians diagnose, repair and perform maintenance on automobiles. When performing diagnostics, automotive service technicians use electronic testing equipment to identify problems. In addition to special diagnostic equipment, the automotive service technician works with a wide range of tools which are used for repairs of diagnosed problems. The automotive service technician performs a mix of physical and mental tasks during a typical day. Mental labor includes diagnosing problems and dealing with customers, while the physical labor comes from physical repairs to automobiles. Work settings for automotive service technicians are typically noisy, well-ventilated garages with good lighting. Automotive service technicians can often be found in uncomfortable physical positions and covered with grease when working on automobiles. Most automotive service technicians work in service repair garages. Clientele for auto mechanics runs the gamut, and includes anybody who needs to have their car serviced. Co-workers are typically other mechanics and supervisors. Although no formal college degree is required to become and automotive technician, it is becoming ever more important to actually receive formal training. This is because of the increasing use of complex computer programs, which aid in the diagnosis of vehicle service problems. Typical training programs in post-secondary institutions last two years and prepare the student for a career as an auto tech. After gaining employment, industry certification is required. Half of the automotive service technicians in the field work a typical 40 hours per week, while over 30 percent of employees work greater than 40 hours per week. The skills and knowledge which an automotive tech possesses afford the opportunity to work privately as well. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)


Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Dominating the field, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Honda Dealership, The Pep Boys, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Auto Mechanics. Employees of Chrysler Group LLC. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $54K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $21K to $78K. Auto Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks at CarMax, Inc. ($43K), Bridgestone Americas ($41K), and Nissan North America, Inc. ($40K).

Auto Mechanics will find the worst pay at Valvoline Instant Oil Change, where the median salary crawls in at $22K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $27K, leaving little room for growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $22K, and Honda Dealership where $30K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Auto Mechanics there earn up to $50K.

Common Career Paths for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


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Auto Mechanics who advance into the role of a Mechanical Engineer are fairly uncommon. Mechanical Engineers on average earn $64K per year. Auto Mechanics moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Automotive Technicians or Automotive Service Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $1K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Job Listings

Popular Skills for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic


Auto Mechanics seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Plug-in Hybrid Electic Vehicles/Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Systems, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 29 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Maintenance, and Tools. It is often found that people who know Electronic Troubleshooting are also skilled in Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

Pay by Experience for an Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 2,940 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 2,061 salaries. An experienced Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 2,172 salaries. An Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,550 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,344

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

For Auto Mechanics, Portland provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Auto Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+21 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tampa. Houston and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic?

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Corbin:
"Love Your Work."
To be a good automotive mechanic you must love your work and be able to physically do your job. You must also be detailed oriented, patient, able to work with others, and willing to learn new things and try new processes.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Acworth:
"The smarter you are, the less you'll get paid."
The smarter you are, the less you'll get paid. If you're very good at diagnosing complex problems you will end up getting all the complex work. Not usually a problem until you figure out that at a dealer, most of that work is warranty. Warranty pay isn't great. You have to document everything you do or you risk losing the claim back to the manufacturer. Stress levels are very high among managers.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Baltimore:
"This is a thankless job."
This is a Thankless job, it costs alot of money to be a mechanic, the cost of tools is very expensive.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Tampa:
"One weekend day off."
Pros: Able to get one weekend day off work - Sundays Off!
Cons: Very Overstaffed, no vacation time until after the 1st year, low pay scale, no performance reviews provided by manager, no opportunity for growth nor professional development.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Garden Grove:
"Beware of very false promises and no benefits!"
Get everything in writing! Business owners will verbally promise you the world verbally but in the end steal from you!!!! They feel you should work for free!

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in South Euclid:
"Mechanics Are Exploited."
Pros: Nothing like fixing the most challenging job to really give you a sense of accomplishment. I look forward to it to keep me on the front line of my trade.
Cons: After performing top notch repairs time and again and proving my worth it just gets expected and never appreciated, in dollar terms. Employers are always looking for "qualified techs" but when they get one they don't want to pay and consistently try to de-value your performance to justify their greed.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Fremont:
"I Guess It's Better Than Nothing."
Pros: I like cars and turning wrenches. Most of the people I work with are decent, hardworking people.
Cons: The pay is not enough to make a living. It's also very dirty and unsanitary-we're encouraged to change our uniforms at work but there is no locker room, and the bathroom floor is filthy.

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Key Stats for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2574 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries

▲28%

▲11%

National Average
$39,000

▼4%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2574 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 45%