Dept. of Labor Statistics

According to the US Department of Labor

Job opportunities are expected to be very good for those who complete postsecondary automotive training programs and who earn ASE certification. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to increase by 5 percent between 2008 and 2018.  Workers with expertise in certain makes or models of vehicles, or with an advanced understanding of certain systems, such as hybrid-fuel technology, will be in demand. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Salaries for Automotive Technicians in 2009

Location Pay Period 10% 25% Median 75% 90%
United States Hourly $9.54 $12.49 $17.03 $22.71 $28.81
Yearly $19,800 $26,000 $35,400 $47,200 $59,900
Arkansas Hourly $8.65 $10.57 $13.62 $18.03 $22.50
Yearly $18,000 $22,000 $28,300 $37,500 $46,800

 

Salaries for Automotive Technicians

Local government $20.07 Automobile dealers $19.61 Automotive repair and maintenance $15.26 Gasoline stations $15.22 Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores $14.90
SOC Code: 49-3023

CIP Code: 47.0604: Automotive Diagnostics