How Much Do Auto Mechanics Make Per Year?

How Much Do Auto Mechanics Make Per Year?

How Much Do Auto Mechanics Make Per Year?

According to the 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, auto mechanics make an average of $36,610 per year or, $17.60 per hour. Average pay for auto mechanics varies based upon geographic location, education and level of experience.

The highest paid auto mechanics make around $60,000, while the lowest earners take home about $20,000 per year. The highest paid auto mechanics work in the aerospace manufacturing and natural gas distribution industries. At an average of $52,900 per year, San Francisco pays the highest auto mechanic wages in the country — nearly $16,000 higher than the national average in the profession. With an average of $28,000 per year, auto mechanics in West Virginia make the lowest salary.

Nearly one-third of mechanics work in specialized automotive repair and maintenance shops, and they earn an average of $35,090 per year. Mechanics who are employed by gas stations and automotive parts stores earn slightly less, at $33,000 to $34,000. Auto mechanics who work at car dealerships reportedly earned significantly higher wages, at $42,910 per year. Mechanics who worked for local governments earned even higher wages, at approximately $46,740 per year.

Automotive mechanics that have an associate degree or advanced specialized training the field earn more money per year.