Work in the field of Automotive Service

Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. They may work at dealerships or independent shops. The job outlook for automotive service technicians is excellent. Automotive Service Technology program graduates work in dealerships and independent shops. Automotive technicians can expect steady work, because changes in the economy have little effect on the automotive service business.

The number of jobs for automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations, although many job openings will arise as experienced technicians retire. Opportunities should be good for those who complete post-secondary automotive training programs, as some employers report difficulty finding workers with the right skills; those without formal automotive training are likely to face competition for entry-level jobs.

The normal starting pay for technicians with no experience ranges from a low of $20,200 up to $35,790 (median wage), but that's only starting wages. The median pay for automotive technicians is $17.21 per hour (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010). Some master technicians with well-honed skills and approximately 10 years of experience in metropolitan areas earn $70,000 to $100,000 annually. For example, EFSC conducted an informal random survey to learn how much money the better technicians in the Brevard County area earned. A total of ten dealerships and independent shops were contacted. The highest-paid technician at the service centers surveyed earned $72,000 per year. The lowest-paid among the experienced technicians earned $25,000, and the average pay was $41,800. Many of these businesses now offer benefits such as health insurance, paid holidays, paid vacations and a retirement plan.


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Careers: Automotive Service Technician, Mechanic, Parts Specialist, Service Manager, Race Team Pit Crew Member, Automotive Writer. Find out more about careers in the field of automotive services in the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook