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Automotive Service Technician and Mechanics Salary Information

The salary statistics of automotive service technicians and mechanics are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of automotive service technicians and mechanics within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The automotive service technicians and mechanics annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Automotive Service Technician and Mechanics Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,610
25th Percentile Wage
$29,370
50th Percentile Wage
$39,550
75th Percentile Wage
$53,590
90th Percentile Wage
$65,430

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for automotive service technicians and mechanics. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) automotive service technicians and mechanics is $65,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $39,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,610. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 189% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of automotive service technicians and mechanics from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$39,550
2.73% 7.43%
2016
$38,470
1.61% -
2015
$37,850
1.93% -
2014
$37,120
1.10% -
2013
$36,710
0.27% -
2012
$36,610
- -

Table 2. Automotive Service Technician and Mechanics Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of automotive service technicians and mechanics in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for automotive service technicians and mechanics occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $66,500. The lowest paying sector is the mining sector (annual salary $34,320).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$66,500
Information
$52,180
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,240
Federal, State, and Local Government
$49,280
Finance and Insurance
$47,000
Manufacturing
$46,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$46,570
Transportation and Warehousing
$46,550
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$45,800
Educational Services
$44,760
Construction
$44,700
Accommodation and Food Services
$41,930
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$41,730
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,970
Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,350
Retail Trade
$40,210
Wholesale Trade
$39,780
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$37,030
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$36,980
Mining
$34,320

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics by States

From the above tables we note that not only automotive service technicians and mechanics salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of automotive service technicians and mechanics in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,650 to $59,250. The highest paying state for automotive service technicians and mechanics is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $59,250. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,650. For more salary information of automotive service technicians and mechanics profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$59,250
Alaska
$56,220
New Jersey
$48,910
Maryland
$47,450
Connecticut
$46,650
Washington
$45,970
Wyoming
$45,590
Colorado
$45,320
Oregon
$45,310
California
$43,620
Virginia
$43,220
Hawaii
$43,190
New Hampshire
$43,030
Nevada
$42,520
Massachusetts
$42,330
Illinois
$41,630
Nebraska
$41,100
North Dakota
$40,960
Missouri
$40,910
Minnesota
$40,530
Arizona
$40,460
Idaho
$40,030
Texas
$39,770
Delaware
$39,470
Rhode Island
$39,100
Iowa
$38,990
Wisconsin
$38,650
Michigan
$38,600
New York
$38,500
Tennessee
$38,180
Utah
$37,960
Alabama
$37,920
South Dakota
$37,840
North Carolina
$37,820
Vermont
$37,790
Pennsylvania
$37,620
Ohio
$37,480
Indiana
$37,160
South Carolina
$37,100
Louisiana
$36,950
Georgia
$36,850
Kansas
$36,560
Florida
$36,100
Maine
$35,920
Oklahoma
$35,640
Kentucky
$35,420
Montana
$35,160
New Mexico
$34,640
Arkansas
$34,240
Mississippi
$34,010
Virgin Islands
$31,410
West Virginia
$29,880
Guam
$28,250
Puerto Rico
$18,650



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