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Ranking the Highest Paying Collision Repair Technician Salaries by State

Dec 4, 2020 ·
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As long as there are cars on the road, there are bound to be accidents that cause damage to vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's latest data, more than 6 million car accidents occur each year in the United States.

There are even more car accidents causing damage that aren’t reported to police, from getting rear-ended in a parking lot to seemingly minor collisions that can still cause major automotive body damage. According to Allstate, the average driver will experience a collision once every 10 years.

Based on this data, we can see that the role of technicians who specialize in repairing collision-damaged vehicles is essential. If you have a passion for the automotive industry, enjoy working with your hands and have an eye for detail, a career as a collision repair technician may be for you. For those skilled in the trade, this can be a career path with exceptional potential.1

How Much Do Collision Repair Technicians Make?

If you’ve ever considered a career in collision repair, you’ve probably wondered how much technicians make. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the annual median salary for automotive body and related repairers was $45,350 in May 2020.28 This means half of collision repair technicians earned more and half earned less.

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

Keep reading to get a closer look at the annual median salaries for automotive body and related repairers (median wages reported in May 2020):

Top 10 Annual Salaries for Collision Repair Technicians

1. Alaska: $53,500

CNBC ranks Alaska as the fifth-most expensive state to live in. Drivers here encounter hazards such as unpaved highways, dirt roads and icy roads in winter. Some routes are single-lane drives, and there are also wildlife crossings to watch out for, like moose walking into roads. Challenges like these can cause accidents and vehicle damage, creating a need for skilled collision repair techs.

2. California: $53,460

California is the second-most expensive place to live in the U.S., CNBC reports, but cost of living can vary significantly throughout the state. Driving hazards also vary depending on where you are. Due to accidents in situations ranging from rush hour traffic in Los Angeles to cars speeding down highways on road trips, collision repair technicians are needed throughout the state.

3. Connecticut: $51,150

Connecticut also lands in the top 10 of the most expensive states to live in, with CNBC ranking it No. 8. Connecticut drivers have consistently ranked low for safety in the country. In 2018, a safe driving report ranked Connecticut drivers as the worst in the country after the state's drivers were ranked 49th in 2017.

4. New York: $50,520

New York still ranks as one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S., with a 2021 CNBC report putting it at No. 2 on the list. With a combination of city, suburban and rural drivers, there are plenty of accidents happening on the day-to-day that collision technicians need to fix.

5. Hawaii: $50,100

Hawaii is the country's most expensive state to live in, CNBC reports, which means wages across positions tend to be higher for compensation. Known for its beauty and relaxed environment, Hawaii is a top tourist destination — but driving here can present some challenges, especially when drivers are traveling along roads increasing in elevation. Unfortunately, this increases the chances of an accident occurring.

6. Georgia: $49,700

Many sources have reported Georgia, specifically Atlanta, being home to many bad drivers. Atlanta drivers were surveyed in 2018, and 43% reported being frustrated by the amount of congestion on local roadways.

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7. North Dakota: $49,350

A 2019 study ranked North Dakota drivers as the worst in the country, reports KVRR. The analysis found nearly 30% of drivers here have had some sort of road issue. Challenges include impaired driving, rural roads, and icy and snowy conditions in winter.

8. New Jersey: $49,320

New Jersey is the 10th most expensive place to live in the U.S., according to CNBC. Some challenges that drivers encounter in this state include curving roads and aggressive driving habits. In 2017, there were 270,231 reported car crashes in New Jersey, more than most years during the previous decade.

9. Rhode Island: $49,070

Rhode Island has plenty of opportunity for those looking to become collision repair technicians. The state ranks as one of the worst states in the country to drive in. Some of the contributors to this include bad traffic and high car-ownership costs.

10. North Carolina: $48,680

There are several factors that play a role in making North Carolina one of the worst places to drive, according to a study by insurance company QuoteWizard. Increased chances of accidents and collisions means there’s the possibility for plenty of work for collision repair techs.

Ranking All 50 States and the District of Columbia

RankStateAnnual Median Wage
1Alaska$53,500
2California$53,460
3Connecticut$51,150
4New York$50,520
5Hawaii$50,100
6Georgia
$49,700
7North Dakota
$49,350
8New Jersey$49,320
9Rhode Island$49,070
10North Carolina$48,680
11Colorado
$48,290
12Montana
$48,120
13Washington
$47,890
14Massachusetts$47,620
15Arizona$46,620
16Illinois
$46,610
17Wyoming$46,570
18Maryland$46,560
19Virginia$46,520
20Missouri
$46,220
21Michigan
$46,060
22Utah$45,470
23Idaho$45,460
24Pennsylvania$45,440
25New Hampshire$45,310
26District of Columbia
$45,290
27Vermont$44,610
28Nebraska$44,410
29Iowa
$44,380
30Kentucky$44,260
31Louisiana$43,620
32Texas$43,430
33Delaware
$43,360
34Oregon$43,070
35Nevada$42,950
36Florida
$42,770
37Wisconsin$42,740
38Alabama$42,690
39South Dakota$42,300
40Maine$41,750
41Minnesota$41,120
42Indiana$41,120
43Oklahoma$40,990
44Kansas$40,320
45Arkansas$40,260
46South Carolina$40,160
47Ohio$39,690
48New Mexico
$39,660
49Tennessee$39,480
50Mississippi$39,310
51West Virginia$39,160


Train for a Career as a Collision Repair Technician

Wherever there are cars on the road, accidents are bound to happen. This creates a need for collision repair techs who can step in and repair the damage.

If working on cars and trucks and restoring them to their original condition sounds like an appealing job, UTI can help you toward a career. UTI’s Collision Repair & Refinish Technology program is designed to teach you the skills needed to reshape and restore a wide range of vehicles.

To learn more, visit our program page and request information to get in touch with an Admissions Representative today.

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