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Ranking the Highest Paying Automotive Technician Salaries in the U.S.

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Do you love working on cars? Training to become an automotive technician may be the perfect career choice.

Automotive technicians (commonly referred to as automotive mechanics) are responsible for diagnosing, maintaining, repairing and inspecting cars, trucks and other types of vehicles. They play an important role in keeping the vehicles that help fuel our economy on the road.

Skilled automotive technicians can work in a variety of different settings, including:

  • Dealerships
  • Repair shops
  • Specialty shops
  • Rental agencies
  • Racing teams and race shops

No matter where auto technicians decide to apply their skills, this can be a career path that offers great opportunities for growth and advancement in the field.

How Much Do Automotive Technicians Make?

One of the most important factors to consider when it comes to choosing a career is salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for automotive service technicians and mechanics in the United States was $42,090 in May 2019.25 This means half of automotive technicians earned more and half earned less.

Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including employer, demand and cost of living in the area. While the number stated above is an average of the earnings of all automotive technicians in the U.S., it can be helpful to look at the median wages of technicians in the 50 states and District of Columbia as reported by BLS. This can help you to understand how salaries vary across the country so you can plan your next career move.

Keep reading to learn how the annual median salaries for automotive technicians vary in the U.S. (median wages reported in May 2019):

Top 10 Annual Salaries for Automotive Technicians

1. District of Columbia: $63,290

Washington, D.C., is known for its vibrant history and culture. Living here means you're surrounded by museums and monuments, major league sports teams and some of the best restaurants in the country.

This city offers a variety of unique job opportunities for automotive technicians, from mechanic roles for the CIA and Capitol Police to positions with dealerships and repair shops, just as might be found in other states. This can be an exciting city in which to work—plus, it’s currently ranked as offering the highest median annual salary for automotive techs.

2. New Jersey: $52,450

Part of the charm of living in New Jersey is its close proximity to other East Coast states, like New York and Pennsylvania, as well as its famed New Jersey culture and boardwalks. There's also a lot of nature here and opportunities to get out on the water.

According to Investopedia, transportation is the fifth largest industry in the state, which creates opportunities for skilled technicians. There’s a growing need for technicians here, which is why Universal Technical Institute (UTI) decided to open its Bloomfield, NJ campus in 2018.

3. Alaska: $52,010

If you love the outdoors and being farther off the grid, you might love living in Alaska. This state’s economy is driven by a variety of industries, including oil and gas, fishing, timber, mining, and agriculture.

Automotive technicians in Alaska can find employment in all kinds of settings, from dealerships and repair shops to insurance companies. Some even go on to find success as agricultural mechanics who maintain and repair farm equipment, which supports one of Alaska’s most prominent industries.

4. Colorado: $49,700

Colorado offers a variety of nature experiences, from skiing on mountains to hiking in forests. Its capital, Denver, is home to top museums and a lively dining and nightlife scene.

Some of the biggest industries in Colorado include manufacturing, mining and agriculture. Within each of these sectors, automotive technicians may be able to find work. For example, technicians are needed to service the vehicles that transport goods for manufacturing.

5. Hawaii: $49,530

Hawaii's relaxed island vibes and watersport opportunities make it a desirable place to live and work. Tourism, defense, agriculture, fishing, manufacturing and power are all industries that fuel the state’s economy.

Whether you’re looking to work in a dealership, maintain fleet vehicles or even open a shop of your own, the Aloha State may be a great place to launch your career. Residents and businesses look to auto technicians to keep their vehicles on the road, so there are many different avenues techs can pursue here.

6. Connecticut: $48,960

Residents enjoy living in Connecticut because of its rich history and mix of rural and city life. The seasons are in full vibrancy here too, and you can enjoy them outdoors on lakes, in forests, in parks and more.

Top industries in Connecticut include financial and insurance services, agriculture, fishing, manufacturing, tourism and entertainment. Whether you’re looking to take the dealership route or work in a repair or specialty shop, you’re likely to find great opportunities in the state.

7. Washington: $48,510

U.S. News & World Report ranks Washington the No. 1 state overall, and ranks it in the top five states for health care, education, economy and infrastructure. Washington is a nature lover's dream, with plenty of forests and mountains to explore. Bustling Seattle always has something fun going on entertainment-wise.

Automotive technicians of all skill levels can be found working in the state, from entry-level to master certified technicians. With opportunities across a variety of industries, this is a great place to start your technician career.

8. Virginia: $47,460

Virginia is ranked the seventh state overall by U.S. News & World Report. Its extensive history dates back to the birth of the country. Today, it ranks No. 7 for education, No. 8 for fiscal stability and No. 9 for opportunity and crime and corrections.

According to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the state is home to all facets of the automotive industry, from the largest Volvo Truck assembly plant in the world to the research conducted at the second largest university-level transportation institute in the country. This creates exciting opportunities for those looking to break into the industry.

9. Wyoming: $47,400

Known for its national parks and jaw-dropping scenery, Wyoming attracts millions of tourists every year. Major industries that support the state’s economy include mining, agriculture and manufacturing.

Automotive technicians are in demand in the state, and employers tend to offer great wages to those skilled in the trade. Whether you just graduated from school and are searching for an entry-level position or are an experienced technician looking to advance to a service manager position, you’re likely to find great opportunities here.

10. Maryland: $47,160

Maryland is another state rich in history. It's known for its delicious fresh seafood, charming small towns, proximity to Washington, D.C., and its picturesque water surroundings.

Maryland is also a great place to call home if you’re an automotive technician. According to Zippia, some of the leading automotive companies to work for in Maryland include Sport Collision Center, Carroll Motor Fuels and Frederick Motor Co.

Ranking All 50 States and the District of Columbia

RankingStateAnnual Median Wage
1District of Columbia$63,290
2New Jersey$52,450
3Alaska$52,010
4Colorado$49,700
5Hawaii$49,530
6Connecticut$48,960
7Washington$48,510
8Virginia$47,460
9Wyoming$47,400
10Maryland$47,160
11California$47,010
12North Dakota$45,650
13New Hampshire$45,580
14Massachusetts$44,890
15Nevada$44,020
16Nebraska$43,740
17Minnesota$43,420
18Texas$43,410
19Oregon$42,870
20Idaho$42,730
21Delaware$42,100
22Illinois$41,810
23Arizona$41,690
24Iowa$41,590
25Missouri$41,590
26Utah$41,590
27Michigan$41,110
28Oklahoma$40,820
29Alabama$40,710
30Georgia$40,640
31North Carolina$40,610
32Pennsylvania$40,430
33Wisconsin$40,160
34Vermont$39,880
35South Carolina$39,760
36New York$39,380
37South Dakota$39,370
38Indiana$39,310
39Rhode Island$39,130
40Montana$38,830
41Ohio$38,530
42Tennessee$38,480
43Florida$38,450
44Louisiana$38,390
45New Mexico$38,210
46Kansas$37,780
47Maine$37,700
48Arkansas$36,790
49Kentucky$34,840
50Mississippi$34,670
51West Virginia$31,960

Let Us Show You Jobs in Demand & How You Can Train in Less Than a Year

Auto technician jobs are available in diverse places all over the country. Wherever you want to work, you’re likely to find opportunities as workers retire and new jobs are added.1

According to the BLS, completing a postsecondary automotive technician training is a great way to prepare for entry-level positions. UTI’s Automotive Technology program was designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills today’s employers are looking for in just 51 weeks.7

To learn more about how UTI can prepare you for career success, visit our website and request information to get in touch with an Admissions Representative today.

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