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 $14.86 $21.55 $31.17
Yearly $30,908 $44,814 $64,842
    Champaign Area Hourly $14.36 $18.88 $25.96
Yearly $29,860 $39,275 $53,999
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $13.98 $19.48 $24.89
Yearly $29,086 $40,511 $51,763
    Cook County Hourly $14.72 $22.36 $32.64
Yearly $30,616 $46,514 $67,894
    Decatur Area Hourly $15.13 $19.37 $25.33
Yearly $31,473 $40,297 $52,683
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $13.50 $24.53 $30.35
Yearly $28,089 $51,030 $63,131
    Du Page County Hourly $17.57 $26.73 $35.14
Yearly $36,537 $55,591 $73,089
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $18.62 $24.04 $28.91
Yearly $38,730 $50,007 $60,128
    Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area Hourly $12.47 $14.56 $18.76
Yearly $25,934 $30,288 $39,018
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $14.13 $18.44 $27.42
Yearly $29,383 $38,359 $57,032
    Lake County Hourly $14.70 $31.77 $38.22
Yearly $30,581 $66,089 $79,492
    McHenry County Hourly $16.99 $26.67 $34.77
Yearly $35,349 $55,463 $72,322
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $15.22 $19.00 $25.27
Yearly $31,650 $39,510 $52,560
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $13.59 $20.04 $24.83
Yearly $28,276 $41,674 $51,640
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $14.33 $18.33 $26.49
Yearly $29,805 $38,125 $55,104
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $15.97 $19.41 $24.41
Yearly $33,221 $40,381 $50,764
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $14.99 $19.70 $27.43
Yearly $31,181 $40,981 $57,064
    Rockford Area Hourly $15.36 $20.90 $26.36
Yearly $31,953 $43,472 $54,829
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $15.03 $17.38 $19.47
Yearly $31,253 $36,146 $40,492
    Springfield Area Hourly $13.28 $19.75 $26.42
Yearly $27,632 $41,083 $54,945
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $17.15 $24.81 $33.16
Yearly $35,677 $51,599 $68,970
    Vermilion County Hourly $15.65 $18.48 $23.10
Yearly $32,552 $38,446 $48,048
    Will County Hourly $14.80 $19.30 $32.51
Yearly $30,793 $40,137 $67,629
United States Hourly $15.66 $21.18 $28.04
Yearly $32,570 $44,050 $58,330

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