Salary Guide: Automotive Service Technicians/Mechanics

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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics repair automotive vehicles. This excludes auto body, diesel, and electronic repairs. Nationwide there are over 580,000 Automotive Service Technicians who earn an average salary of $38,200.

Most employers give positions to Mechanics who have completed some postsecondary automotive technician training program.

Most employers give positions to Mechanics who have completed some postsecondary automotive technician training program. These programs are typically offered at technical, trade, vocational, or community colleges. High school training programs are also popular. Certification through the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is generally regarded as a standard for most Mechanics and Automotive Service Technicians.

Find out all about Automotive training programs in your area.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $34,320
Alaska: $51,870
Arizona: $38,110
Arkansas: $30,950
California: $42,690
Colorado: $40,010
Connecticut: $43,230
Delaware: $39,930
District of Columbia: $47,180
Florida: $37,550
Georgia: $36,010
Hawaii: $41,610
Idaho: $37,690
Illinois: $38,690
Indiana: $36,600
Iowa: $34,710
Kansas: $36,540
Kentucky: $30,810
Louisiana: $33,500
Maine: $35,750
Maryland: $43,320
Massachusetts: $43,110
Michigan: $39,290
Minnesota: $39,630
Mississippi: $30,960
Missouri: $35,640
Montana: $34,920
Nebraska: $34,880
Nevada: $40,850
New Hampshire: $40,060
New Jersey: $42,600
New Mexico: $34,530
New York: $37,930
North Carolina: $39,800
North Dakota: $33,960
Ohio: $35,350
Oklahoma: $33,170
Oregon: $40,020
Pennsylvania: $35,810
Rhode Island: $36,690
South Carolina: $35,000
South Dakota: $33,960
Tennessee: $35,120
Texas: $37,390
Utah: $40,300
Vermont: $34,650
Virginia: $41,480
Washington: $39,640
West Virginia: $27,320
Wisconsin: $38,350
Wyoming: $38,670v

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $40,970
2. Los Angeles: $38,390
3. Chicago: $41,330
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $38,200
5. Philadelphia: $38,810
6. Houston: $39,120
7. Washington DC: $48,180
8. Miami: $38,310
9. Atlanta: $37,380
10. Boston: $45,100
11. San Francisco: $49,640
12. Detroit: $39,920
13. Riverside: $40,480
14. Phoenix: $38,770
15. Seattle: $40,430
16. Minneapolis: $42,900
17. San Diego: $43,980
18. St. Louis: $37,350
19. Tampa: $37,280
20. Baltimore: $43,190

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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