$47,434
Avg. Salary
$17.34
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,023

Bonus

$1,179

Profit Sharing

$5,000

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 $47,434 per year.

$10.40
10%
$17.34
50%
$26.62
90%
MEDIAN $17.34
$25k
10%
$47k
50%
$78k
90%
MEDIAN $47,434
$25,291 - $78,209
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$47K
$78K
MEDIAN: $47,434
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90%

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$10.40 - $26.62
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$0$78K
Salary $25,291 - $78,209
Bonus $253 - $10,064
Profit Sharing $87.26 - $4,378
Commission $742 - $27,238
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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$23,362 - $62,133
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 27 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,557
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.40 - $26.62
Hourly Tips $0.03 - $3.90
Overtime $14.02 - $34.20
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $253 - $10,064
Commission $742 - $27,238
Profit Sharing $87.26 - $4,378
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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$23,362 - $62,133
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 27 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,389

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.

Automotive Technician Pay By Employer

$0$81K

$31,142

CarMax, Inc.
27 profiles
$43,304

$32,039

$22,196

$37,621

Automotive
20 profiles
$37,411

$32,206

AutoNation, Inc.
16 profiles
$32,272

The Pep Boys
13 profiles
$37,438

$41,600

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.

Automotive Technician Job Listings

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: $39,207

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).

Automotive Technician Advice

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

Automotive Technician in Redmond:
"Euro cars."
Its something I would use as a stepping stone for something better, its honestly hard on your body and will make you hate working on cars, and isnt that that reason you started?

Automotive Technician in Austin:
"Typical corporation."
Pros:
Cons: Regular pay cuts, no paid benefits, bonuses only for sales people and management.

Automotive Technician in Chicago:
"Firestone."
Pros: Training and good people.
Cons: You work every weekend and have no life.

Automotive Technician in Gilbert:
"Don't be a auto mechanic."
Auto mechanics get paid less every year.

Automotive Technician in Massillon:
"Automotive tech."
Pros: Hours, busy, co-workers.
Cons: Pay rate.

Automotive Technician in St. Louis:
"Pride And Appreciation."
Hard to find a place that you can be proud to work at and feel appreciation.

Automotive Technician in Rutland:
"Pay levels."
If you have your own tools ok. If not it will cost you.

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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 1151 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

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 1151 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

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