Automotive service technicians and mechanics
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Overview
Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for automotive service technicians and mechanics are expected to grow by 6%, and should have about 78,200 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
The likelihood of autmoation for ${title} is near the middle of all careers' likelihoods.
Workforce size
Automotive service technicians and mechanics, with 749,900 workers, form a larger workforce than 94% of careers.
Education
Only 4% of automotive service technicians and mechanics have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by automotive service technicians and mechanics
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer automotive service technicians and mechanics have bachelor's degrees than 87% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 62% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for automotive service technicians and mechanics. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most automotive service technicians and mechanics.
This job's median $41KAll jobs' median $39K$40K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 2% of automotive service technicians and mechanics -- that's a smaller percentage than 94% of other jobs.
Gender of automotive service technicians and mechanics
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For automotive service technicians and mechanics, the median men's salary was 20% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 14% of automotive service technicians and mechanics are minority, and 20% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of automotive service technicians and mechanics
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (20%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 29% of automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 44% have company-sponsored health insurance (19% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for automotive service technicians and mechanics
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of automotive service technicians and mechanics who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (100%)
  • Time Pressure (96%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (91%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (82%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (78%)
  • Consequence of Error (61%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (52%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (39%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (34%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do automotive service technicians and mechanics earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for automotive service technicians and mechanics, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for automotive service technicians and mechanics compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for automotive service technicians and mechanics (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all automotive service technicians and mechanics, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for automotive service technicians and mechanics compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for automotive service technicians and mechanics (ACS Salary Data)
$36K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where automotive service technicians and mechanics work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Automotive service technicians and mechanics (ACS)
Private for-profit (79.4%)
Private not-for-profit (1.0%)
Local government (1.5%)
State government (0.6%)
Federal government (1.7%)
Self-employed incorporated (4.7%)
Self-employed not incorporated (10.9%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of automotive service technicians and mechanics by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$36K$25K$46K$36K$51K$41K$42K$36K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of automotive service technicians and mechanics by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$41K$62K$49K$40K$47K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for automotive service technicians and mechanics

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Automotive service technicians and mechanics and gender

With 2% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 94% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Automotive service technicians and mechanics
Men (98%)
Women (2%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for automotive service technicians and mechanics, with the median salary for men 20% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Automotive service technicians and mechanics have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 60% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of automotive service technicians and mechanics

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority automotive service technicians and mechanics than for 76% of other careers. Although this career does not include a large percentage of minorities, it does hire more foreign-born people that most other careers.

Race/origin of automotive service technicians and mechanics
White (79% )
Other (7% )
Black (7% )
Asian (3% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for automotive service technicians and mechanics by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for automotive service technicians and mechanics by nativity
$31K$37K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by automotive service technicians and mechanics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), automotive service technicians and mechanics typically hold a postsecondary nondegree award.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as automotive service technicians and mechanics as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for automotive service technicians and mechanics.

Education attained by automotive service technicians and mechanics
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for automotive service technicians and mechanics

High school courses in automotive repair, electronics, computers, and mathematics provide a good background for prospective service technicians. However, high school graduates typically need further training to become fully qualified.

Completing a vocational or other postsecondary education program in automotive service technology is considered the best preparation for entry-level positions. Programs usually last 6 months to a year and provide intensive career preparation through classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Short-term certificate programs in a particular subject, such as brake maintenance or engine performance, are also available.

Some service technicians get an associate’s degree. Courses usually include mathematics, electronics, and automotive repair. Some programs add classes in customer service and other necessary skills.

Various automobile manufacturers and dealers sponsor associate’s degree programs. Students in these programs typically spend alternating periods attending classes full time and working full time in service shops under the guidance of an experienced technician.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for automotive service technicians and mechanics

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all technicians who buy or work with refrigerants to be certified in proper refrigerant handling. No formal test preparation is required, but many trade schools, unions, and employer associations offer training programs designed for the EPA exam.

Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is the standard credential for service technicians. Certification demonstrates competence and usually brings higher pay. Many employers require their service technicians to become certified.

ASE certification is available in nine different automobile specialty areas: automatic transmission/transaxle, brakes, light vehicle diesel engines, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air-conditioning, manual drive train and axles, and suspension and steering.

To become certified, technicians must have at least 2 years of experience (or relevant schooling and 1 year of experience) and pass an exam. Technicians who achieve certification in all of the foregoing areas (light vehicle diesel engine certification is not required) may earn ASE Master Technician status.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for automotive service technicians and mechanics? Below we see the distribution of automotive service technicians and mechanics salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as automotive service technicians and mechanics, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$29K$35K$38K$41K$39K$40K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KNone (15%)High School (45%)Some College (24%)Associate's Degree (13%)Bachelor's Degree (3%)Master's Degree (0%)
Certificate/degree pathways

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click a program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Program
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Less than bachelor's
bachelor's degree
Higher than bachelor's
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
37,418
Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician
2,603
Automotive Engineering Technology
1,209
High Performance and Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic
560
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies
457
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician
107
Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Technology/Technician
16
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for automotive service technicians and mechanics

What jobs will most automotive service technicians and mechanics hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of automotive service technicians and mechanics reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Automotive service technicians and mechanicsBus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialistsAutomotive body and related repairersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersRetail salespersonsInspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighersVehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairersDriver/sales workers and truck driversMaintenance and repair workersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for automotive service technicians and mechanics

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 6 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as automotive service technicians and mechanics as well as 1% of respondents after working as automotive service technicians and mechanics. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for automotive service technicians and mechanics
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Retail salespersons
676,200
$0$200K$31K
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
376,900
$0$200K$41K
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
171,800
$0$200K$39K
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
28,500
$0$200K$43K
Automotive body and related repairers
17,400
$0$200K$40K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for automotive service technicians and mechanics: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as automotive service technicians and mechanics? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of automotive service technicians and mechanics surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for automotive service technicians and mechanics
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Retail salespersons
676,200
$0$200K$31K
1.1%
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
376,900
$0$200K$41K
1.1%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
171,800
$0$200K$39K
1.1%
Construction laborers
153,300
$0$200K$30K
1.1%
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
78,200
$0$200K$36K
53.7%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
3.6%
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
28,500
$0$200K$43K
3.0%
Automotive body and related repairers
17,400
$0$200K$40K
2.6%
No occupation
8.1%
Read about automotive service technicians and mechanics
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Automotive service technicians and mechanics typically do the following:

  • Identify problems, often by using computerized diagnostic equipment
  • Plan work procedures, using charts, technical manuals, and experience
  • Test parts and systems to ensure that they work properly
  • Follow checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined
  • Perform basic care and maintenance, including changing oil, checking fluid levels, and rotating tires
  • Repair or replace worn parts, such as brake pads, wheel bearings, and sensors
  • Perform repairs to manufacturer and customer specifications
  • Explain automotive problems and repairs to clients

Although service technicians work on traditional mechanical systems, such as engines, transmissions, and drivebelts, they also must be familiar with a growing number of electronic systems. Braking, transmission, and steering systems, for example, are controlled primarily by computers and electronic components.

Other integrated electronic systems, such as accident-avoidance sensors, are becoming common as well. In addition, a growing number of technicians are required to work on vehicles that use electricity or alternative fuels, such as ethanol.

Service technicians use many different tools, including computerized diagnostic tools and power tools such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding torches, and jacks and hoists. These tools usually are owned by their employers.

Service technicians also use many common hand tools, such as wrenches, pliers, and sockets and ratchets. Service technicians generally own these tools themselves. In fact, experienced workers often have thousands of dollars invested in their personal tool collection. For example, some invest in their own set of pneumatic tools—such as impact wrenches—powered by compressed air.

The following are examples of types of service technicians:

Automotive air-conditioning technicians install and repair air-conditioners and parts, such as compressors, condensers, and controls. These workers must be trained and certified in handling refrigerants.

Brake technicians diagnose brake system problems, adjust brakes, replace brake rotors and pads, and make other repairs on brake systems. Some technicians specialize in both brake and front-end work. (See “Front-end technicians.”)

Drivability technicians, also known as diagnostic technicians, use their extensive knowledge of engine management and fuel, electrical, ignition, and emissions systems to diagnose issues that prevent engines from performing efficiently. They often use the onboard diagnostic system of a car and electronic testing equipment such as scan tools and multimeters to find the malfunction.

Front-end technicians diagnose ride, handling, and tire wear problems. To correct these problems, they frequently use special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.

Transmission technicians and rebuilders work on gear trains, couplings, hydraulic pumps, and other parts of transmissions. An extensive knowledge of computer controls and the ability to diagnose electrical and hydraulic problems are needed to work on these complex components.

Technicians who work on large trucks and buses are described in the diesel service technicians and mechanics profile.

Technicians who work on farm equipment, construction vehicles, and railcars are described in the heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians profile.

Technicians who repair and service motorcycles, motorboats, and small all-terrain vehicles are described in the profile on small engine mechanics.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of automotive service technicians and mechanics? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Customer-service skills
Service technicians discuss automotive problems—along with options to fix them—with their customers. Because workers may depend on repeat clients for business, they must be courteous, good listeners, and ready to answer customers’ questions.
Detail oriented
Service technicians must be aware of small details when inspecting or repairing vehicle systems, because mechanical and electronic malfunctions are often due to misalignments or other easy-to-miss causes.
Dexterity
Service technicians perform many tasks that require steady hands and good hand–eye coordination, such as assembling or attaching components and subassemblies.
Mechanical skills
Service technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They often must take apart major parts for repairs and be able to put them back together properly.
Organizational skills
Service technicians must keep workspaces clean and organized in order to maintain safety and ensure accountability of parts.
Physical strength
Service technicians must sometimes lift and maneuver heavy parts such as engines and body panels.
Troubleshooting skills
Service technicians use diagnostic equipment on engine systems and components in order to identify and fix problems in increasingly complicated mechanical and electronic systems. They must be familiar with electronic control systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for automotive service technicians and mechanics
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 62% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for automotive service technicians and mechanics. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for automotive service technicians and mechanics are anticipated to grow by 6% over the next decade; 57% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for automotive service technicians and mechanics is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most automotive service technicians and mechanics? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as automotive service technicians and mechanics. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

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Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where automotive service technicians and mechanics earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for automotive service technicians and mechanics compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for automotive service technicians and mechanics.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS
Median salary ratio: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which automotive service technicians and mechanics earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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