The average rates for automotive labor in the United States is $80 to $100, as of August 2015, according to KCRA. The labor rates include the cost of the shop's expenses and are the actual hourly rates mechanics make on vehicles.
The price charge on labor is paid to the owner of the garage. This price covers the cost of the technician working on the vehicle along with insurance or employee benefits.
Dealerships charge more than independent shops in general due to the parts they use. Also, each of a dealership's technicians is trained to repair the make's specific vehicles. For repairs done at a dealership, consumers are expected to pay at least $100 per labor hour, according to KCRA.