Salary, Wages, Pay: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics


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Median hourly earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $14.71 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.61 and $19.84. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.14, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $25.21. Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of service technicians in 2002 were as follows:

Local government $18.04
Automobile dealers 17.66
Gasoline stations 13.04
Automotive repair and maintenance 12.77
Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores 12.60

Many experienced technicians employed by automobile dealers and independent repair shops receive a commission related to the labor cost charged to the customer. Under this method, weekly earnings depend on the amount of work completed. Employers frequently guarantee commissioned mechanics and technicians a minimum weekly salary.

Some automotive service technicians are members of labor unions such as the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America; the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association; and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.








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