As of 2015, the average hourly labor cost at an auto repair shop is around $80 to $100. Auto repair shops usually calculate the hourly labor cost according to information published in several national labor guides.
National labor guides survey auto mechanics in the U.S. and publish information such as the average amount of time required to perform certain repair jobs and how much mechanics typically charge for these jobs. Auto dealerships usually charge a higher labor cost than independent auto repair shops. Auto mechanics don't get paid the full amount of labor cost. Some of that cost goes into running the auto repair shops.