Automobile Mechanics


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Automobile Mechanics

Automobile Mechanics - Wages & Trends

Mechanics are paid using one of several options. Some are paid a "flat rate." This means they are paid for a set number of hours for a particular repair. For example, they might be given one hour of pay to complete an oil change. If mechanics take longer than an hour to complete the task, they are not paid extra. However, if they complete the job in less than an hour, they are still paid for a full hour of work. Other mechanics are paid a set hourly wage regardless of the type of repairs they do. A few are paid a flat rate plus a commission based on the labor cost charged to customers.

Wages vary depending on the employer and the area of the country. Wages also vary according to the level of skill and experience of the mechanic. 

Benefits vary by employer. Many full-time auto mechanics receive benefits. These may include paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance. Those who are self-employed must provide their own insurance.

Automotive service technicians and mechanics (SOC 49-3023)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $14.04 $20.10 $29.30
Yearly $29,213 $41,811 $60,942
    Champaign Area Hourly $13.21 $18.24 $25.30
Yearly $27,487 $37,933 $52,616
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $12.54 $17.18 $22.34
Yearly $26,076 $35,744 $46,464
    Cook County Hourly $13.74 $19.59 $31.32
Yearly $28,577 $40,747 $65,145
    Decatur Area Hourly $14.60 $19.67 $25.58
Yearly $30,358 $40,916 $53,212
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $12.09 $16.63 $26.13
Yearly $25,140 $34,598 $54,351
    Du Page County Hourly $15.66 $25.42 $33.52
Yearly $32,570 $52,870 $69,721
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $17.59 $22.45 $28.12
Yearly $36,583 $46,689 $58,487
    Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area Hourly $12.09 $13.87 $18.60
Yearly $25,138 $28,846 $38,698
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $13.43 $16.71 $23.37
Yearly $27,938 $34,746 $48,606
    Lake County Hourly $15.01 $26.19 $35.49
Yearly $31,215 $54,473 $73,815
    McHenry County Hourly $21.39 $23.36 $25.36
Yearly $44,497 $48,581 $52,741
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $13.24 $16.86 $24.01
Yearly $27,540 $35,069 $49,938
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $13.95 $19.06 $23.67
Yearly $29,020 $39,643 $49,238
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $13.17 $17.02 $23.86
Yearly $27,385 $35,399 $49,639
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $12.91 $17.32 $22.92
Yearly $26,850 $36,016 $47,678
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $14.71 $18.71 $25.89
Yearly $30,589 $38,919 $53,855
    Rockford Area Hourly $16.71 $23.13 $28.27
Yearly $34,747 $48,107 $58,810
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $12.69 $15.99 $18.97
Yearly $26,405 $33,266 $39,460
    Springfield Area Hourly $12.94 $20.27 $27.15
Yearly $26,917 $42,155 $56,479
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $15.66 $22.17 $31.73
Yearly $32,575 $46,106 $66,004
    Vermilion County Hourly $14.17 $17.04 $21.35
Yearly $29,477 $35,433 $44,398
    Will County Hourly $15.55 $21.64 $28.48
Yearly $32,342 $45,013 $59,239
United States Hourly $15.03 $20.24 $26.99
Yearly $31,250 $42,090 $56,140

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.