What Is an Auto Mechanic Salary?

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Experienced auto mechanics, or service technicians, can make a good salary repairing cars and trucks. With advancements in technology, auto mechanics' services are always in high demand as fewer amateurs can work on their own cars. New car mechanics need a higher level of training to learn the computer and electrical systems in vehicles and the sophisticated diagnostic equipment used to find the source of the problems.

Median Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for auto mechanics in 2006 was about £10 an hour, with top earners making about £13 an hour and lower wage mechanics earning closer to £5 an hour.


While the hourly wage is usually lower than £10 an hour, good mechanics also receive tips for successful repairs done in a timely manner.


Mechanics working in car dealerships often earn commissions on top of hourly salaries to encourage them to increase production.


In areas where unions are prolific, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers makes sure that mechanics' wages keep up with the cost of living. Unions also see to it that mechanics receive benefits, such as health care and life insurance.


Formal training in vehicular computer technology can help a mechanic demand higher wages.

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