An automotive master technician is an automobile technician who received additional training or certification to obtain the credential of master technician. This credential can be obtained through automobile manufacturers or the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Salary for this occupation can vary based on the master technician's experience and employer.
Although there are no specific educational requirements for this occupation, many employers prefer candidates who received vocational training in automotive service technology. This training can be obtained in high school or through trade and technical schools. Master technicians are required to receive master-level certification from automobile manufacturers or the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence credential of certified master automobile technician.
In May 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 606,990 automotive service technicians and mechanics employed in the United States. Average annual wages ranged from $19,840 to $59,920 per year. The 25th percentile earned $25,970, the median earned $35,420 and the 75th percentile earned $47,240 per year.
Master Technician Salaries
Along with general responsibilities, master technicians may coordinate the activities of other automobile mechanics. In January 2011, CBSalary.com reported median annual salaries of $53,399 per year per for master auto technicians. The 25th percentile earned $40,178 and the 75th percentile earned $73,764 per year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests automotive service technicians and mechanics with specialized skills and certifications are more likely to find employment opportunities because of the increased use of advanced technology and automobiles. It also cites, “By becoming skilled in multiple auto repair services, technicians can increase their value to their employer and their pay.”