Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salary

Auto Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.79 per hour. In the world of Auto Mechanics, total cash compensation ranges from $23K on the lower end to $62K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $7K and profit sharing that approaches $6K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $29K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by tenure and location. The majority of Auto Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although just over two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,296 - $77,144
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$10.28 - $26.76
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$0$77K
Salary $24,296 - $77,144
Bonus $191.09 - $8,029
Profit Sharing $5.11 - $6,110
Commission $445.00 - $25,283
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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$22,759 - $62,267
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,861
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.28 - $26.76
Hourly Tips $0.18 - $4.65
Overtime $14.18 - $34.45
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $191.09 - $8,029
Commission $445.00 - $25,283
Profit Sharing $5.11 - $6,110
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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$22,759 - $62,267
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,163

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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 2017 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.

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 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.

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: $38,762

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 Reviews

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

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Odessa:
"Horrible management."
Pros: Good training program if you can get in on it, pay is good depending on who is reading the stories.
Cons: Management would rather blame the mechanics for the shops condition, but haven't updated the shop or equipment in years. They can't keep good help in the office due to poor upper management. If you complain to higher ups they just tell the person that you're complaining on and turn it around on you.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Denver:
"Mechanic low to mid level 1 ase."
Pros: Working on cars and meeting the customers. You really feel satisfied at the end of the day.
Cons: Rude coworkers, picky customers, lazy coworkers, some days produce little to no income.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Tampa:
"Used car tech."
Pros: Everyday is a different experience with different things happening. It's fun to use my mind and figure out exactly how to make a repair in a timely manner.
Cons: A lot of work paired with frequent injurys and being exposed to highly cancerous chemicals on a daily basis makes it seem not worth it.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Colorado Springs:
Pros: The shop has never had an unsatisfied customer.
Cons: The shop is getting too small to keep up with the demand.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Tupelo:
Pros: Being around Vehicles. Fixing Vehicles.
Cons: Paperwork. Stress. Having to help everyone.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Topeka:
"Fixing things."
Pros: I like the most about my job is I get to work on cars all day while I stay busy.
Cons: The thing I like least about my job is that I don't get paid enough to do what I am able to do.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Toledo:
Pros: The people and the environment. And I am outside pretty much all day.
Cons: Always staying late.and sometimes overworked.

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Key Stats for Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1408 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries

▲30%

▲13%

National Average
$39,000

▼2%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1408 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 44%
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