Auto Mechanic Salary

Automotive mechanic salaries can depend on a number of factors, from your amount of education and experience on the job to the geographical location where you find employment. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates an auto mechanic salary range of more than $40,000, with the bottom ten percent of earners making $21,470 or less in 2016 and the top 10 percent taking home more than $64,070.

The national median auto mechanic salary was $41,400 in 2016, according to BLS data, but mechanics in certain regions of the country reported averages that were, in some cases, thousands of dollars higher per year than that figure. Here are the five states or regions in the U.S. that offered the highest average automotive mechanic salary in 2016:

State Automotive Salary in 2016
Washington, D.C. $64,560
Alaska $54,440
Maryland $47,100
New Jersey $47,010
California $46,650

Automotive mechanic salary expectations change based on the employing industry, as well. Here's a list of the four highest-paying industries for mechanics and service techs, organized from densest employment concentration to least:

Industry Automotive Salary in 2016
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $64,180
Couriers and Express Delivery Services $63,510
Natural Gas Distribution $66,280
Scientific Research and Development Services $73,860

Certification and amount of experience on the job tends to have a direct correlation with an auto/car mechanic's salary, as well. HR analytics firm PayScale has crunched the salary numbers of variously tenured ASE certified Master Automotive Technicians and produced these median figures, current as of November 2017:

  • 1-4 years of experience: $45,003
  • 5-9 years of experience: $50,429
  • 10-19 years of experience: $58,787
  • 20+ years of experience: $59,760

Finding your highest possible auto or car mechanic salary may be as easy as completing an auto mechanic program that includes hands-on training and moving to an area where your skills are in high demand. Urban environments tend to be home to higher average auto mechanic salary ranges than rural zones, thanks in part to consumer access to newer vehicles and generally larger groups of potential customers per repair shop.

Fairbanks, Alaska and the area around the San Francisco Bay offered the largest number of well-paying auto mechanic jobs, according to 2016 BLS numbers. A total of 10,280 working auto mechanics in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose combined to report an average yearly pay of $54,200, while the average of $57,420 was taken from just 250 individual auto mechanic salaries.


  1. Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm, accessed November 2017
  2. Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493023.htm, accessed November 2017
  3. Average Salary for Certification: ASE Master Technician, PayScale, http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Certification=ASE_Master_Technician/Salary#by_Years_Experience, accessed November 2017

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