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. 

Automotive service technicians and mechanics (SOC 49-3023)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $18.00 $23.55 $30.40
Yearly $37,447 $48,975 $63,238
    Champaign Area Hourly $18.26 $23.28 $29.78
Yearly $37,973 $48,428 $61,940
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $14.97 $20.22 $28.55
Yearly $31,145 $42,057 $59,392
    Cook County Hourly $17.47 $23.60 $31.97
Yearly $36,332 $49,079 $66,487
    Decatur Area Hourly $17.92 $23.17 $29.50
Yearly $37,270 $48,178 $61,360
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $17.83 $23.55 $30.99
Yearly $37,088 $48,975 $64,449
    Du Page County Hourly $18.63 $25.10 $36.65
Yearly $38,750 $52,202 $76,230
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $18.28 $23.53 $30.12
Yearly $38,026 $48,938 $62,644
    Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area Hourly $14.96 $19.26 $28.43
Yearly $31,118 $40,059 $59,130
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $14.82 $22.08 $29.60
Yearly $30,818 $45,928 $61,580
    Lake County Hourly $18.40 $23.83 $32.05
Yearly $38,287 $49,555 $66,659
    McHenry County Hourly $17.28 $23.55 $30.41
Yearly $35,931 $48,975 $63,255
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $17.39 $22.13 $27.53
Yearly $36,180 $46,041 $57,249
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $17.79 $23.18 $29.29
Yearly $37,015 $48,200 $60,939
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $17.50 $23.00 $29.10
Yearly $36,415 $47,851 $60,523
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $17.14 $19.13 $24.27
Yearly $35,651 $39,783 $50,483
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $17.35 $22.84 $28.85
Yearly $36,087 $47,506 $60,002
    Rockford Area Hourly $17.78 $22.23 $28.85
Yearly $36,986 $46,235 $60,015
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $18.02 $18.78 $28.43
Yearly $37,472 $39,076 $59,130
    Springfield Area Hourly $18.26 $23.62 $29.81
Yearly $37,973 $49,135 $62,007
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $18.20 $23.55 $30.10
Yearly $37,847 $48,975 $62,608
    Vermilion County Hourly $17.81 $23.17 $29.36
Yearly $37,050 $48,190 $61,050
    Will County Hourly $18.55 $23.57 $30.46
Yearly $38,579 $49,031 $63,358
United States Hourly $17.16 $22.54 $28.82
Yearly $35,680 $46,880 $59,950

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