Body shops usually repair vehicles that have gone through a collision accident. These repairs includes removing dents and fixing dented car bodies, fixing or replacing broken parts. Body shop managers oversee these workers and monitor their performance. They oversee inventory levels, prepare reports and improve working zone areas. Managers evaluate employees, resolve conflicts and actively participate in the repairs when required. The average salary depends on the employer and location.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that body shop managers in 2009 earned an annual mean wage of $60,630. The median salary was reported at $58,610. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned $35,620 or less. The top-paid 10 percent made $89,720 or more.
The bureau reports that the automotive repair and maintenance industry was the largest employer of body shop managers in 2009 and paid them an annual mean wage of $55,320. Automobile dealers paid their managers an average of $65,420. Managers for body shops owned by automotive parts, accessories and tire stores earned an average of $47,790. Local governments paid an average of $61,360 a year.
Body shop managers working in Alaska in 2009 earned the highest average salary when compared to other states, $76,150 per year, according to the bureau. Connecticut and New York paid $68,560 and $68,320, respectively. New Jersey paid an average of $67,690, while managers in Hawaii made $67,640 on average. Wyoming had the highest concentration of body shop managers per 1,000 workers, but paid an average of only $62,190 a year.
The bureau reports that body shop managers working in Bremerton metro area of Washington earned the highest average salary in 2009, at $77,520 per year. Managers in San Jose, California, were next with $77,120 a year. Fairbanks, Alaska, paid an annual mean wage of $76,160. Framingham, Massachusetts, and Anchorage, Alaska, paid $75,770 and $75,740 per year, respectively.