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:
|Automotive repair and maintenance
|Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores
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.