Many shops across the country are providing technicians with an attractive earning potential. After an analysis of the industry, it was found that the average income for a technician has increased and is still higher than most comparable trades. Just under half (48 percent) is based on flat rate (commission) plans. Survey respondents reported that nearly one in four technicians receive a yearly salary of $70,000 or more each year. Minehart said body techs at Gerber Collision & Glass can earn up to six figures plus annually while doing what they are passionate about.
2016 National Annual Income Averages (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics):
Collision Repair Technician $53,857
Electronics Technician $53,270
Machinery Mechanic $51,470
Tool & Die Maker $51,130
Chemical Technician $47,890
Carpenter (Gen/Maint) $46,870
Heavy Truck Driver $42,500
Medical Lab Technician $39,635
"Three out of five shops surveyed said they hired at least one entry-level technician in the past year."
Minehart said body techs can expect steadier work than other careers due to the demand across the country. Armando Soto, associate vice president for talent acquisition at Service King Collision Repair Centers, agreed.
“A repair technician is certainly a desirable career path for anyone looking for a rewarding, in-demand and lucrative profession,” said Soto. Like other forward-thinking companies, he said Service King offers a litany of benefits to technicians. “Because of our growth and national support team, we are able to provide our family of technicians with competitive pay and benefits and a myriad of growth opportunities.” The company also offers repair technicians a 401(k) with employer matching.
The survey found that most shops across the country now offer paid vacations to employees. More than half provide health insurance and retirement benefits, although there was a significant decrease in health care coverage in 2016. Nearly half of shops currently offer life insurance and a growing number also provide disability and paid tuition.