$47,401
Avg. Salary
$17.34
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,023

Bonus

$1,179

Profit Sharing

$6,104

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Automotive Technician is $17.34 per hour.

The average pay for an Automotive Technician is $47,401 per year.

10%
$10.51
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$17.34
50%
$26.81
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MEDIAN $17.34
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$25k
10%
$47k
50%
$79k
90%
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MEDIAN $47,401
$25,286 - $78,798
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$79K
MEDIAN: $47,401
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$0$78K
Salary $25,286 - $78,798
Bonus $253 - $10,100
Profit Sharing $92.74 - $4,235
Commission $979 - $28,883
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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$23,541 - $62,430
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,350
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.51 - $26.81
Hourly Tips $0.03 - $3.96
Overtime $14.36 - $34.37
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $253 - $10,100
Commission $979 - $28,883
Profit Sharing $92.74 - $4,235
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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$23,541 - $62,430
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,810

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
  • 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 Technician


Firestone Complete Auto Care, Toyota Dealership, Ford Motor Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, and Honda Dealership are top-notch employers for Automotive Technicians in this area. Although Chrysler Group LLC. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $46K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $24K on the low end all the way up to $84K at the top. Soaring salaries can also be found at Automotive, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and CarMax, Inc., where earnings of $45K, $44K, or $44K are standard for Automotive Technicians.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($22K). Other low-paying employers include Midas Auto Services at $27K and Firestone Complete Auto Care at $31K, though some Automotive Technicians there earn up to $45K.

Common Career Paths for Automotive Technician


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Many Automotive Technicians move into an Automotive Service Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $53K per year. Automotive Technicians typically move into roles as Diesel Technicians or Automobile Service Advisors, and those positions pay $4K more and $1K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Automotive Technician


Survey takers working as Automotive Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with diagnostics, Systems Troubleshooting, and Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Problem Solving as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Alignment and BRAKES also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Technician

Pay by Experience for an Automotive Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Automotive Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 1,959 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automotive Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 1,355 salaries. An experienced Automotive Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 1,328 salaries. An Automotive Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 799 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,212

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

Home to some of the best pay for Automotive Technicians, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Automotive Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+24 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), Portland (+17 percent), and Charlotte (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Philadelphia (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Automotive Technician

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1054 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Automotive Technician Salaries

▲31%

▲18%

National Average
$39,000

▼1%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Automotive Technician Salaries

▲37%


Welding
▲8%





diesel
▲3%

National Average
$39,000

▼6%

diagnosis
▼7%

Suspension
▼11%


BRAKES
▼28%

Alignment
▼28%

Problem Solving
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1054 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 41%