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Career Information: Automotive Mechanic (page 2)

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Updated on Mar 13, 2010

How much does this job pay?    

In 2006, the middle half of all automotive service technicians earned between $11.96 and $21.56 per hour. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $9.17. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $27.22.

Many experienced technicians who work for car dealers and repair shops are paid a commission. The amount they earn depends on the labor cost paid by the customer. In this case, earnings per week depend upon the amount of work completed. Some automotive service technicians are members of labor unions.

How many jobs are there?    

Automotive service technicians and mechanics held about 773,000 jobs in 2006. Most worked in car repair shops, for car dealers, or for places that sell car parts and supplies. Others worked in gas stations, home and auto supply stores, and for companies that rent cars. Still others worked for the government and other organizations. About 17 percent worked for themselves.

What about the future? 

Job opportunities are expected to be very good for people who complete a training program and receive a certification. People who are good at figuring out problems should have the best chances. Their training should include basic electronics skills. Persons without formal automotive training will likely have to compete for entry-level jobs.

Employment in this field should increase faster than the average through the year 2016. There will be many openings in this field as experienced technicians move to other jobs or retire. Most people who enter this field can expect steady work. This is because changes in economic conditions and in other industries have little effect on the amount of work. Many new jobs will be in dealerships and small repair shops.

Are there other jobs like this?    

  • Automotive body and related repairers
  • Diesel service technicians and mechanics
  • Small engine mechanics

Where can you find more information?    

More BLS information about automotive service technicians and mechanics can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Handbook also shows where to find out even more about this job.

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