Automotive Technician Salary

Male Automotive Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $17.28 per hour in the United States. Overall cash earnings for Automotive Technicians stretch from $23K on the lower end to $62K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and location are driving factors as well. While roughly two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and nearly two in five have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Automotive Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,704 - $75,477
$25K
$47K
$75K
MEDIAN: $47,206
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90%

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$10.61 - $26.88
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MEDIAN: $17.37
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$0$75K
Salary $24,704 - $75,477
Bonus $292.52 - $10,125
Profit Sharing $90.60 - $4,279
Commission $860 - $28,105
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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$23,501 - $62,176
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 904
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.61 - $26.88
Hourly Tips $0.03 - $3.87
Overtime $14.41 - $34.52
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $292.52 - $10,125
Commission $860 - $28,105
Profit Sharing $90.60 - $4,279
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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$23,501 - $62,176
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,264

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.

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 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.

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: $39,223

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 Reviews

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

Automotive Technician in Rocky Mount:
"Ok."
Pros: Not a whole lot of stress where I am at.
Cons: The pay is not where it should be.

Automotive Technician in Bowling Green:
"Straight pay is not a fair pay scale."
Pros: Shop is nice.
Cons: Flat rate is not good pay.

Automotive Technician in Pottstown:
"An experience in itself but sometimes stressfull."
Pros: Being able to get the job done and not seeing it come back. Learning something new and comparing what I've learned in training to the real time experience and fixing the issue.
Cons: When you hit a snag in one of the jobs or constantly having to deal with the management not being organized and poor communication between employer and employees.

Automotive Technician in Colorado Springs:
"Automotive technician."
Pros: I enjoy diagnosing and repairing the vehicles.
Cons: I dislike dealing with customers that accuse technicians of ripping them off.

Automotive Technician in West Chester:
"I love my jon."
Pros: I love doing custom exhaust work, alignments and coming to work doing something different everyday.
Cons: I don't like get burnt, scratched and getting dirty everyday.

Automotive Technician in Sunnyvale:
"Passion for the job is a must."
Pros: -decent pay. -interesting. -work on amazing cars. -cleaner than traditional automotive technician work w/ ICE vehicles.
Cons: -High stress/pressure. -Extremely long hours. -Allows very little time for personal life. -politics in management.

Automotive Technician in Appleton:
"Stressful."
Pros: My job is very unorganized. Management is terrible, and I am very underpaid compared to the national average.
Cons: Long hours, lots of overtime, little pay, no perks.

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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 847 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
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 847 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 42%