Auto body repairermen work under the expertise of a supervisor and may be employed in mechanic shops, car sales lots and rental facilities. Repairers may perform tasks as minute as fixing dents and paint scrapes to completely reassembling vehicles’ undercarriages or engines.
Across the country, auto body repair technicians earned an average hourly rate of $19.72, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Repairers employed in the BLS’ top-paying industries for the profession earned at significantly higher rates. Tied for the BLS’ top-paying industry in 2009 were spectator sports and express delivery services, each paying an hourly mean wage of $27.40. Following closely behind was the postal service, paying auto body repairers $27.09 per hour.
Alaska topped the list with an hourly mean wage of $22.37, followed by Maryland at $22.95 per hour. Closely following was Minnesota at $22.91, Virginia at $22.69 and Connecticut at $22.41 per hour.
While there is no singular path to earning a salary as an auto body repairman, persons interested in the field may seek short-term certificate or diploma programs at technical schools and community colleges offering courses in collision or auto body repair work. Much training is performed on the job. Optional certification is available from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics projects little to no change in employment of auto body repairers, expecting the addition of 800 jobs to the field across the country through 2018.