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Automotive Technician Program Employment

Graduates of the Automotive Technician program will find that California offers some of the highest pay for automotive technicians, as is shown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Occupation Title Employment Employment per 1,000 jobs Median hourly wage Mean hourly wage Annual mean wage
Automotive Body and Related Repairs 14,040 0.841 $21.90 $23.66 $49,210
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers 1,390 0.084 $15.97 $17.64 $36,690
Automotive Service Tecnicians and Mechanics 64,350 3.854 $20.97 $22.44 $46,680

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Opportunities for employment in the East Bay as an automotive technician are the highest in the state, as seen by the California Employment Development Department’s figures, averaging $54,000 yearly.

Annual Wages for 2018 Low
(25th percentile)
(50th percentile)
(75th percentile)
California $33,086 $44,297 $59,246
East Bay Area $37,818 $50,573 $68,497

Source: State of California EDD

This demonstrates the heavy demand for skilled mechanics, especially with knowledge of current computerized technologies and systems. With mechanics in the field currently retiring, there will continue to be many openings. Opportunities exist among automobile and truck dealers, independent repair garages, vehicle fleet operations, many state, local and federal government agencies and service stations.