The average hourly pay for an Automotive Technician is $17.77.
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What Do Automotive Technicians Do?
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 …Read more
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.
Job Satisfaction for Automotive Technician
Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Technician
The top respondents for the job title Automotive Technician are from the companies Firestone Complete Auto Care, Automotive and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Reported salaries are highest at CarMax, Inc. where the average pay is $20.46. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Automotive and The Pep Boys, earning around $20.29 and $19.00, respectively. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc pays the lowest at around $11.75. AutoNation, Inc. and Firestone Complete Auto Care also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $15.16 and $15.17, respectively.
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Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic
Automotive Service Technician
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What Are Popular Skills for Automotive Technicians?
Skills in Automotive Engine Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting and System Repair are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Maintenance.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Technicians?
An entry-level Automotive Technician with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $12.18 based on 76 salaries. An early career Automotive Technician with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.89 based on 998 salaries. A mid-career Automotive Technician with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.79 based on 759 salaries. An experienced Automotive Technician with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.66 based on 781 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Pay Difference by Location
Employees with Automotive Technician in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 26.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (16.7% more) and Orlando, Florida (12.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (7.5% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (2.0% less).
Years of Experience
This data is based on 3,131 survey responses.