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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,470
25th Percentile Wage
$28,140
50th Percentile Wage
$38,470
75th Percentile Wage
$52,120
90th Percentile Wage
$64,070

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 $64,070. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $38,470. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,470. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 198% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of automotive service technicians and mechanics from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201638,4701.61%4.83%
201537,8501.93%-
201437,1201.10%-
201336,7100.27%-
201236,610--

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

The average salaries of automotive service technicians and mechanics in 19 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 $67,650. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $35,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$67,650
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$52,290
Information
$52,180
Federal, State, and Local Government
$48,020
Transportation and Warehousing
$45,710
Finance and Insurance
$45,670
Manufacturing
$45,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$44,810
Educational Services
$44,300
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,510
Accommodation and Food Services
$41,230
Construction
$40,840
Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,830
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,650
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$39,820
Retail Trade
$38,990
Mining
$38,570
Wholesale Trade
$38,300
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$35,930

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 $18,430 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 $18,430. 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
$55,150
Maryland
$46,190
New Jersey
$44,980
Connecticut
$44,080
Washington
$43,960
Massachusetts
$43,680
California
$43,650
Oregon
$42,670
Virginia
$42,110
Colorado
$41,910
Wyoming
$41,900
Hawaii
$41,350
Nevada
$40,520
North Dakota
$40,350
New Hampshire
$40,310
Illinois
$39,810
Rhode Island
$39,400
Missouri
$39,350
Minnesota
$39,220
Delaware
$38,580
Utah
$38,540
Texas
$38,450
Arizona
$38,280
Tennessee
$38,190
North Carolina
$37,720
Idaho
$37,690
Wisconsin
$37,490
Nebraska
$37,460
New York
$37,420
Iowa
$37,310
Michigan
$37,050
Indiana
$36,660
Alabama
$36,650
Ohio
$36,270
Vermont
$36,190
Kansas
$36,010
Oklahoma
$35,960
South Carolina
$35,920
Pennsylvania
$35,870
Florida
$35,690
Maine
$35,510
South Dakota
$35,470
Montana
$35,400
New Mexico
$35,290
Georgia
$35,200
Louisiana
$35,000
Virgin Islands
$33,980
Kentucky
$33,850
Arkansas
$32,380
Mississippi
$31,360
Guam
$27,850
West Virginia
$27,470
Puerto Rico
$18,430


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