The Average Salary of Auto Mechanics in Dealerships in California
California dealership mechanics earn more as they obtain more certifications.
- 1 [Car Dealership Mechanics] | The Average Salary of Car Dealership Mechanics
- 2 [Master Technician Get Paid] | How Much Money Does a Master Technician Get Paid?
- 3 [Auto Mechanic] | Auto Mechanic Qualifications
- 4 [Annual Salary] | Total Annual Salary of Automotive Mechanics
Auto mechanics who work in California dealerships perform the same functions as those in other states, conducting computerized tests on cars and light trucks, diagnosing technical problems and performing routine oil changes and tune-ups. They also fill automobile fluids, rotate tires and repair various car parts, including transmissions, radiator hoses and electrical systems. California dealership auto mechanics earn salaries averaging more than $40,000 annually.
Apprenticeship Training Required
The minimum educational requirement for auto mechanics, including those who work for California dealerships, are high school diplomas and six months to one year of classroom instruction. Auto mechanics in California must also complete four-year apprenticeships, working 8,000 hours with experienced mechanics, according to CalApprentice.org. Other essential qualifications include physical stamina, dexterity, attention to detail and trouble-shooting and customer service skills.
The average annual salary of a California dealership auto mechanic was $54,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Simply Hired. This salary is $10,750 more than the annual mean wages the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported for all U.S. car dealership auto service technicians and mechanics in 2012 — $43,250 annually. The average salary for all auto mechanics in the U.S. was $39,060, according to the BLS, with the top 10 percent earning more than $60,070.
Master Technicians Earn More
A California dealership auto mechanic can earn more if he becomes a master automobile technician, which requires certification in eight separate areas, according to the BLS — suspension and steering, automatic transmission/transaxle, electrical systems, brakes, engine repair, engine performance, heating and air conditioning, and manual drive train and axles. In 2013, master automotive technicians earned average salaries of $76,000 in California, according to Simply Hired. Auto mechanics need two years of experience in each one of the eight specialty areas to become master automotive technicians. They must also pass eight separate exams through the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence to become certified, reports the BLS.
Average Job Growth
The BLS estimates a 17 percent increase in employment for automotive service technicians and mechanics from 2010 to 2020, which is statistically average job growth. An increasing number of vehicles should increase jobs for dealership mechanics across the United States. The average age of automobiles is also expected to increase because of improved technologies, which may also increase demand for these mechanics in California.