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Automotive body repairers, also called collision repair technicians or auto body mechanics, are highly sought after skilled crafts people who repair parts of vehicles that are damaged by collisions or accidents, rust, or other causes. Most vehicles that have sustained damage from a collision can be repaired and refinished to look and drive like new. An automotive body repairer removes dents, straightens or aligns bent frames or bodies, and replaces parts that cannot be repaired. Collision repair technicians repair all types of vehicles including cars, SUVs, and small trucks. Some choose to specialize in repairing large commercial trucks, school or commuter buses, or tractor-trailers. These vehicles require different training and skills.

Repairing each damaged vehicle presents unique challenges and offers the automotive body repairer variety in their workday as all vehicles sustain different damage. Repairers must be able to determine the appropriate repair procedures and parts needed using the knowledge and training they have received. They must first determine what materials the vehicle is made of, the construction of the vehicle, and the extent of the damage.

Auto Body Mechanics Job Duties and Functions

If the vehicle has been heavily damaged in a collision an automotive body repairer might start the repairs by realigning the vehicle's frame. To realign the vehicles frame a repairer chains or attaches the frame and other damaged sections to alignment machines. These machines use hydraulic pressure to realign damaged areas of the vehicle and return it to its original operating state. Some newer cars are manufactured with "Unibody" design. This method of manufacturing describes cars that are built without frames and they must be repaired to exacting factory specifications for the vehicle to operate correctly after the repairs are complete. For unibody constructed vehicles, repairers use manufacturers benchmark standards and policies to measure the extent to which each section is out of alignment and then use hydraulic machinery to return the damaged vehicle to its original shape.

After the frame is aligned repairers will begin to repair or replace damaged body parts. They remove dents by hammering them out with metalworking tools such as a pneumatic metal-cutting gun. They then smooth out the sections that have been hammered by filing, grinding, or sanding until the finish is smooth. To fill dents that cannot be worked out of the metal collision repair technicians use plastic or solder materials. They file or grind these filler materials to their original shape and then clean the area with a tool that is similar to a sand blaster. Depending on the severity of the damage some sections of the vehicle may have sustained extensive damage and cannot be repaired. Any parts that cannot be repaired would be removed with a cutting torch and replacement parts sized and fitted and welded into the appropriate area.

Plastic body parts are increasingly used on new vehicles and these parts would be fixed or replaced during the repair process. Damaged panels are removed and the collision repair technician identifies the type and properties of the plastic used. There are a wide variety of plastics in use today in new vehicles. For most types of plastic material used in a vehicle, repairers will apply heat from a hot-air welding gun to soften it and then mold the affected sections back into shape using their hands. Sometimes automotive body repairers choose to immerse the affected sections or panels in hot water to soften them prior to molding the areas back into shape manually. Some plastic parts cannot be repaired due to the damage they incurred and those parts will be replaced.

Some body repairers choose to focus their careers on specialties such as fixing fiberglass car bodies or installing and replacing glass in automobiles and other vehicles. Vehicle glass installers are responsible for removing broken or cracked windshields and other window glass. To replace glass the repairer applies a moisture-proofing compound around the perimeter of the glass and then places the glass in the vehicle. To secure and weatherproof the glass to prevent leaks or drafts rubber strips will be installed around the sides of the windshield or windows replaced.

Internal areas of the vehicle may have sustained damage due to a collision. Parts that may need repairs or replacement materials might be the upholstery, seating, dashboards, or inside door panels. In addition, depending on the type and severity of the collision computer and electronic systems might have been impacted and will need to be repaired. Only after all external and internal damage has been repaired would the affected areas of the vehicle be repainted to match the color of the other areas of the car.

To successfully repair a damaged vehicle an automotive body repairer will usually follow these steps:

  • Perform visual inspection of the damages to the vehicle including the outside and undercarriage of the vehicle
  • Test drive the vehicle to accurately determine damage to mechanical, electrical, or computerized components
  • Use computerized testing devices to check operating systems of the vehicle
  • Review the manufacturers technical manuals for updated information on parts to be used and procedures/standards to be followed when making repairs
  • Make accurate estimate of time required to repair vehicle
  • Compile list of parts needed and cost of replacement/new parts
  • Act as liaison with clients insurance company or client to discuss cost adjustments and additional materials and charges as repairs proceed
  • Perform needed repairs including:
  • Alignment, dent removal, replacement of damaged plastic parts and materials, replacement of broken glass, fiberglass body parts, upholstery and other damaged areas inside the car, electrical and computer systems affected by the damage according to manufacturers specifications and established industry standards

Auto Body Mechanics Job Characteristics and Work Environment

Repairers usually work by themselves on the repairs they are assigned with minimal direction from a supervisor. To increase production and improve efficiencies at the shop sometimes assistants or apprentices are assigned to assist experienced repairers. As many larger repair shops use an assembly-line approach repairers would work on one aspect of the repair and their colleagues would work on other portions depending on their specialty. For example, one worker might realign the frame while another would repair metal portions of the car including doors and fenders. Another person would be responsible for plastic and fiberglass parts, another for windshield and other glass, and another for the damage inside the car such as seating, dashboards, etc. Once all repairs are complete the car would be turned over to the automotive painters for painting and refinishing.

Most automotive body repairers work indoors in shops that are often noisy due to the hand tools and power tools and machinery used for repairs. Repairers have a very physically demanding job as they are often standing for extended periods of time or working in cramped spaces in uncomfortable positions. The tools and machinery used are often quite heavy and need to be lifted by hand. Although most shops are well ventilated repairers are exposed to a variety of toxic chemicals, gasoline, solvents, dust and paint fumes that could be hazardous to their health. They must take great care to avoid injuries including cuts from sharp metal objects and power tools and burns from heated metal and heat producing tools. Serious injuries and accidents are rare as most shops practice industry safety standards and keep their shop clean and organized.

Most automotive body repairers work a standard eight hour day, five days a week. Sometimes additional hours are needed on nights and weekends to meet customer demands and depending on the backlog of repair work to be completed. Repairers who own their own shop will put in additional hours developing their customer base, meeting with clients, working with insurance companies and parts distributors, managing staff, and the general administrative tasks such as bill payment and payroll required of all business owners.

To be successful in their profession, automotive body repairers should possess most of the following skills and attributes:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to lift heavy parts and equipment, work in confined spaces in awkward positions
  • Aptitude for following instructions and diagrams in manufacturers manuals
  • Interest and passion for learning new technologies to meet rapidly changing car designs and manufacture
  • Concern for personal safety and that of their co-workers
  • Ability to work independently
  • Tolerance for dust, odors, and chemicals
  • Exceptional time management skills to insure repairs are completed according to estimate
  • Flexibility of work schedule to accommodate workload and customer needs - including evenings and weekends
  • A repairer who owns their own shop would also need effective communication and superior customer service skills as well as the expertise to accurately estimate the work hours and parts needed for each repair project

Auto Body Schools and Collision Repair Training

A high school diploma or GED is usually the minimum education required to become a collision repair technician. However more specialized auto body training is needed to learn the techniques needed for the newer more sophisticated vehicles that often have computerized operating systems. Many postsecondary vocational schools and local community colleges offer courses in electronics, physics, chemistry, and computers, which provide a great background for anyone interested in a career as an automotive body repairer. These training programs would also combine classroom instruction and hands-on practice on damaged vehicles. Vocational, trade, and technical school programs typically offer certificate programs and will award certificates to graduates after 6 months to a year of successful study of collision repair. Some regional community colleges offer 2-year degree programs in collision repair. Many vocational high schools offer collision repair training programs that provide solid training in automotive body repair. Students get a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training working on damaged vehicles.

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) is the organization that evaluates collision repair technician training programs. They compare the content of a training program against training and testing standards developed in conjunction with the automotive industry and recommend which programs qualify for certification.

Automotive repair technology is becoming more sophisticated each year, and most employers prefer to hire applicants who have successfully completed a formal auto body repair training program or refinishing at a vocational school or community college. In many urban areas or in repair shops that are dealing with certain models of vehicles national certification is expected and required if a candidate wants to further their career past entry-level work. Most auto body shop mechanics are ASE certified. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) provides a standardized method of testing. Although this certification is not mandatory it is the industry credential most sought after by shops hiring new repair technicians. Collision Repair Technicians have a choice of up to four ASE Master Collision Repair and Refinish Exams. Repairers who pass at least one exam and complete 2 years of practical work experience at a repair shop earn ASE certification. Successfully completing a postsecondary program in automotive body repair may be substituted for 1 year of work experience. If a collision repair technician passes all four exams they earn the ASE Master Collision Repair and Refinish Technician designation. The materials and parts used to manufacture a vehicle are changing rapidly and becoming more complex and on-going training is needed for a repair technician to remain up-to-date on new procedures. Many repair shops provide advanced training and access to updated technical manuals and software to their repair technicians. To retain their ASE certification automotive body repairers must retake the collision repair and refinish examinations at least once every 5 years. Many vehicle and paint manufacturers provide specialized training on their products and conduct certification programs that can help a repairer advance in their career.

Collision repair technicians who are new to their profession will begin their career by assisting experienced body repairers in a variety of tasks. They will get on-the-job experience removing damaged body parts and welding and installing repaired parts. As a collision repair technicians' skills improve they would then take on more challenging tasks including alignments and replacement of damaged parts that cannot be repaired. It takes approximately 3 to 4 years of hands-on training in a repair shop to become skilled in all facets of vehicle body repair. Standards and training differ for glass installers but basic skills can be acquired in as little as 6 months. Becoming fully qualified, however, can take several years.

Auto Body Mechanic Jobs

The job market for automotive body repairers is projected to be excellent due to the increasing number of vehicles currently operating, the complexity of newer vehicles, and the growing number of retirements expected in the future. As the number of motor vehicles in use increases, the potential for more vehicles being damaged in accidents increases. Newer vehicles are manufactured of lighter materials than older cars and sustain greater damage in a collision than older, heavier models, so more repairs are needed. As vehicles are made with more complex computer and electronic operating systems less are being repaired after a collision due to the high cost of replacing these parts. These cars are often "totaled" by the insurance company and not repaired and this will temper the growth of employment for new collision repair technicians. Because most drivers are dependent on their vehicles to get to work, school, run errands, visit family, etc. automotive body repairers are less sensitive to economic downturns that might effect employment in other professions. Extensive damage must be repaired for the vehicle to run safely and to pass the inspection process required by most states so drivers are not able to put off these repairs based on economic conditions.

The majority of collision repair technicians are employed by independently owned repair shops and automotive dealers. They are paid on an incentive basis meaning they are paid a set amount for assigned tasks and how long it takes to complete these tasks. Repair shops often guarantee workers a minimum weekly salary and additional pay can be earned through additional work. Benefits often vary widely depending on the size of the shop and whether it is independently owned or part of a dealership. Paid vacation and sick time, health insurance, and 401Ks are becoming increasingly common benefits in the collision repair industry.

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Schools for Automotive Body Repairers are listed in the column to the left.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Automotive Body Repairers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Automotive Body Repairers jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 530 $45,460
Hoover 530 $45,460
Mobile 430 $34,190
Montgomery 170 $38,610
Huntsville 160 $44,350
Tuscaloosa 120 $37,590
Daphne 110 $45,950
Fairhope 110 $45,950
Foley 110 $45,950
Dothan 90 $43,330
Florence 80 $39,520
Muscle Shoals 80 $39,520
Decatur 50 $37,540
Jacksonville 50 $39,570
Anniston 50 $39,570
Oxford 50 $39,570
Gadsden 50 $39,760
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 170 $56,760
Fairbanks N/A $58,510
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 1920 $43,040
Phoenix 1920 $43,040
Scottsdale 1920 $43,040
Tucson 230 $38,950
Prescott 80 $55,320
Douglas 40 $35,920
Sierra Vista 40 $35,920
Kingman N/A $47,550
Lake Havasu City N/A $47,550
Yuma N/A $52,840
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 350 $31,170
North Little Rock 350 $31,170
Little Rock 350 $31,170
Jonesboro 30 $40,340
Hot Springs N/A $30,990
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 5090 $39,210
Long Beach 5090 $39,210
Los Angeles 5090 $39,210
San Francisco 1500 $56,270
Hayward 1500 $56,270
Oakland 1500 $56,270
Carlsbad 1250 $38,490
San Diego 1250 $38,490
Ontario 1080 $41,280
San Bernardino 1080 $41,280
Riverside 1080 $41,280
Roseville 1070 $41,020
Sacramento 1070 $41,020
Arcade 1070 $41,020
Arden 1070 $41,020
San Jose 830 $48,860
Santa Clara 830 $48,860
Sunnyvale 830 $48,860
Thousand Oaks 330 $48,130
Oxnard 330 $48,130
Ventura 330 $48,130
Fresno 300 $40,540
Modesto 290 $39,720
Stockton 240 $47,800
Lodi 240 $47,800
Bakersfield 230 $39,820
Santa Rosa 230 $60,140
Watsonville 140 $49,700
Santa Cruz 140 $49,700
Porterville 130 $35,910
Visalia 130 $35,910
Santa Maria 120 $35,200
Santa Barbara 120 $35,200
Fairfield 100 $41,710
Vallejo 100 $41,710
Redding 90 $43,770
Salinas 80 $45,630
Merced 60 $42,720
Napa 60 $43,920
Chico 60 $44,220
Yuba City 50 $44,320
Paso Robles 50 $53,560
San Luis Obispo 50 $53,560
Arroyo Grande 50 $53,560
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 1510 $47,480
Denver 1510 $47,480
Lakewood 1510 $47,480
Colorado Springs 450 $42,060
Fort Collins 170 $60,850
Boulder 130 $34,210
Grand Junction 60 $34,380
Greeley 60 $52,660
Pueblo 40 $38,200
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 550 $45,370
West Hartford 550 $45,370
Hartford 550 $45,370
Stamford 430 $47,110
Norwalk 430 $47,110
Bridgeport 430 $47,110
New Haven 270 $41,790
Danbury 70 $49,690
Waterbury 60 $38,610
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 70 $45,740
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 2740 $36,950
Fort Lauderdale 2740 $36,950
Miami 2740 $36,950
Sanford 1420 $40,370
Orlando 1420 $40,370
Kissimmee 1420 $40,370
Tampa 1320 $37,080
Clearwater 1320 $37,080
St. Petersburg 1320 $37,080
Jacksonville 930 $36,970
Cape Coral 370 $32,410
Fort Myers 370 $32,410
Daytona Beach 310 $33,680
Ormond Beach 310 $33,680
Deltona 310 $33,680
Palm Bay 250 $34,720
Titusville 250 $34,720
Melbourne 250 $34,720
Lakeland 240 $43,720
Winter Haven 240 $43,720
Tallahassee 240 $47,890
Sarasota 230 $38,090
North Port 230 $38,090
Bradenton 230 $38,090
Brent 180 $44,970
Pensacola 180 $44,970
Ferry Pass 180 $44,970
Marco Island 180 $67,950
Naples 180 $67,950
Immokalee 180 $67,950
Port St. Lucie 170 $35,680
Ocala 130 $41,060
Gainesville 110 $45,780
Destin 100 $32,510
Fort Walton Beach 100 $32,510
Crestview 100 $32,510
Panama City 70 $40,080
Homosassa Springs 60 $39,840
Sebastian 50 $37,960
Vero Beach 50 $37,960
Punta Gorda 40 $46,220
Sebring 30 $36,020
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 2940 $47,840
Sandy Springs 2940 $47,840
Atlanta 2940 $47,840
Macon 210 $42,620
Savannah 140 $51,140
Albany 120 $41,940
Athens 110 $36,740
Clarke County 110 $36,740
Warner Robins 100 N/A
Gainesville 70 $33,880
Dalton 70 $34,020
Valdosta 50 $36,760
Brunswick 40 $34,760
Hinesville 30 $39,760
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 360 $47,250
Lahaina 50 $54,050
Wailuku 50 $54,050
Kahului 50 $54,050
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 240 $44,540
Coeur d'Alene 70 $34,920
Idaho Falls 70 $40,290
Pocatello 50 $33,660
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 210 $42,910
Rockford 180 $31,590
Bloomington 100 $39,680
Champaign 70 $32,070
Urbana 70 $32,070
Springfield 70 $44,570
Decatur 60 $43,770
Danville 50 $28,340
Kankakee 50 $39,680
Marion N/A $27,460
Carbondale N/A $27,460
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 950 $48,030
Anderson 950 $48,030
Carmel 950 $48,030
Goshen 180 $37,980
Elkhart 180 $37,980
Fort Wayne 170 $44,410
Michigan City 110 $44,700
La Porte 110 $44,700
Lafayette 80 $34,550
West Lafayette 80 $34,550
Bloomington 60 $38,820
Kokomo 50 $32,660
Terre Haute 50 $35,550
Muncie 50 $40,300
Columbus 40 $43,430
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 310 $38,650
Des Moines 310 $38,650
Cedar Rapids 160 $45,170
Dubuque 140 N/A
Iowa City 90 $36,830
Cedar Falls 70 $38,080
Waterloo 70 $38,080
Ames 40 $37,930
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 230 $43,460
Topeka 100 $47,180
Lawrence 70 $37,820
Manhattan 30 $35,660
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 210 $39,880
Lexington 210 $39,880
Bowling Green 50 $26,870
Owensboro 40 $32,000
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 530 $36,840
Metairie 530 $36,840
Baton Rouge 350 $48,160
Shreveport 270 $35,470
Bossier City 270 $35,470
Lafayette 270 $35,530
Alexandria 100 $38,070
Lake Charles 100 $42,690
Houma 50 $46,320
Thibodaux 50 $46,320
Monroe N/A $30,190
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 300 $40,290
Portland 300 $40,290
Auburn 90 $35,420
Lewiston 90 $35,420
Bangor 80 $36,580
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 1420 $53,160
Towson 1420 $53,160
Columbia 1420 $53,160
Lexington Park 50 $60,570
California 50 $60,570
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 120 $44,320
Gardner 70 $35,490
Leominster 70 $35,490
Pittsfield 50 $42,930
New Bedford 50 $45,860
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 2490 $56,730
Detroit 2490 $56,730
Warren 2490 $56,730
Grand Rapids 410 $41,100
Wyoming 410 $41,100
Flint 250 $40,510
Lansing 210 $38,680
East Lansing 210 $38,680
Saginaw 170 $37,230
Ann Arbor 150 $47,880
Portage 140 $50,590
Kalamazoo 140 $50,590
Battle Creek 70 $35,270
Monroe 70 $36,090
Muskegon 70 $40,410
Bay City 60 $35,080
Jackson 60 $35,240
Niles 50 $40,670
Benton Harbor 50 $40,670
Midland 40 $41,890
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 120 $40,830
St. Cloud 100 $52,760
Mankato 80 $41,010
North Mankato 80 $41,010
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 210 $42,460
Pascagoula 90 $34,170
Biloxi 90 $34,170
Gulfport 90 $34,170
Hattiesburg 60 $37,140
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 250 $37,040
Joplin 120 $43,190
Jefferson City 80 $43,530
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 100 $40,090
Missoula 50 $38,160
Great Falls 40 $45,050
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 160 $43,520
Grand Island 70 $41,510
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 710 $38,630
Henderson 710 $38,630
Las Vegas 710 $38,630
Reno 190 $41,510
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 80 $43,770
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 120 $45,040
Bridgeton 50 $38,090
Vineland 50 $38,090
Atlantic City 40 $42,270
Hammonton 40 $42,270
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 480 $47,640
Farmington 100 $35,400
Santa Fe 40 $44,400
Las Cruces 30 $40,090
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 590 $33,310
Buffalo 590 $33,310
Cheektowaga 590 $33,310
Rochester 590 $37,770
Schenectady 400 $45,070
Albany 400 $45,070
Troy 400 $45,070
Syracuse 370 $44,400
Rome 130 $35,380
Utica 130 $35,380
Glens Falls 90 $42,190
Ithaca 80 $39,190
Binghamton 70 $30,400
Kingston 50 $34,780
Fort Drum 30 $37,300
Watertown 30 $37,300
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 580 N/A
Greensboro 390 $55,970
High Point 390 $55,970
Salem 350 $30,850
Winston 350 $30,850
Durham 250 $38,030
Chapel Hill 250 $38,030
Hickory 250 $50,200
Morganton 250 $50,200
Lenoir 250 $50,200
Fayetteville 210 $34,430
Wilmington 190 $55,270
Asheville 150 $49,090
Burlington 50 $37,190
Greenville 50 $42,640
Jacksonville 50 $43,420
Goldsboro 40 $32,630
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 130 $46,770
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 1010 $42,490
Cleveland 1010 $42,490
Columbus 860 $41,740
Akron 640 $34,680
Dayton 340 $37,890
Toledo 290 $34,920
Canton 180 $39,160
Massillon 180 $39,160
Lima 60 $37,380
Springfield 50 $38,440
Mansfield 30 $37,910
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 720 $36,540
Tulsa 360 $38,050
Lawton 40 $40,390
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 220 $34,400
Eugene 180 $42,630
Medford 70 $46,760
Albany 50 $39,300
Redmond 40 $38,930
Bend 40 $38,930
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1210 $39,000
Lancaster 410 $40,340
Harrisburg 360 $42,650
Carlisle 360 $42,650
Wilkes 280 $34,360
Scranton 280 $34,360
Hazleton 280 $34,360
Barre 280 $34,360
Hanover 260 $40,010
York 260 $40,010
Reading 250 $35,770
Altoona 120 $34,860
Johnstown 100 $30,490
Bloomsburg 100 $32,250
Berwick 100 $32,250
Williamsport 90 $25,560
Lebanon 90 $34,920
Chambersburg 90 $39,170
Waynesboro 90 $39,170
East Stroudsburg 90 $43,440
Gettysburg 60 $37,230
Erie 60 $39,370
State College 40 $42,270
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 290 $18,490
Carolina 290 $18,490
San Juan 290 $18,490
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 370 $37,200
North Charleston 360 $41,280
Charleston 360 $41,280
Spartanburg 230 $32,440
Mauldin 210 $35,960
Anderson 210 $35,960
Greenville 210 $35,960
Florence 70 $40,810
Beaufort 40 $35,940
Bluffton 40 $35,940
Hilton Head Island 40 $35,940
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 140 $40,140
Sioux Falls 130 $39,400
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1340 $37,030
Franklin 1340 $37,030
Davidson 1340 $37,030
Nashville 1340 $37,030
Knoxville 440 $30,490
Jackson 60 $30,870
Johnson City 60 $43,060
Morristown 50 $34,620
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 3150 $40,630
Fort Worth 3150 $40,630
Arlington 3150 $40,630
Houston 2710 $42,550
The Woodlands 2710 $42,550
Sugar Land 2710 $42,550
San Antonio 1000 $42,520
New Braunfels 1000 $42,520
El Paso 560 $36,890
Austin 560 $43,210
Round Rock 560 $43,210
Beaumont 270 $29,920
Port Arthur 270 $29,920
Edinburg 220 $41,840
Mission 220 $41,840
McAllen 220 $41,840
Corpus Christi 190 $37,160
Waco 150 $37,970
Lubbock 150 $46,980
Killeen 120 $28,600
Temple 120 $28,600
Midland 110 $38,630
Brownsville 80 $32,820
Harlingen 80 $32,820
Tyler 80 $36,010
Abilene 70 $35,040
Odessa 70 $44,990
San Angelo 50 $41,210
Sherman 50 $43,160
Denison 50 $43,160
College Station 40 $38,260
Bryan 40 $38,260
Laredo N/A $36,750
Longview N/A $37,240
Amarillo N/A $43,990
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 780 $44,420
Orem 280 $38,110
Provo 280 $38,110
Ogden 170 $45,460
Clearfield 170 $45,460
St. George 50 $33,640
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 360 $45,430
Burlington 360 $45,430
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 600 $40,390
Christiansburg 350 $32,830
Radford 350 $32,830
Blacksburg 350 $32,830
Roanoke 130 $37,580
Harrisonburg 110 $39,910
Lynchburg 60 $38,180
Charlottesville 60 $43,970
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 1170 $50,120
Seattle 1170 $50,120
Bellevue 1170 $50,120
Spokane 270 $38,700
Spokane Valley 270 $38,700
Tumwater 100 $48,020
Olympia 100 $48,020
Yakima 80 $27,620
Bellingham 80 $47,820
Bremerton 70 $47,270
Silverdale 70 $47,270
Anacortes 60 $38,410
Mount Vernon 60 $38,410
Richland 60 $40,640
Kennewick 60 $40,640
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 110 $36,360
Beckley 60 $37,330
Vienna 40 $32,300
Parkersburg 40 $32,300
Charleston N/A $38,560
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 720 $38,180
Waukesha 720 $38,180
Milwaukee 720 $38,180
Madison 340 $37,360
Appleton 210 $37,380
Green Bay 160 $41,810
Neenah 130 $41,060
Oshkosh 130 $41,060
Eau Claire 120 $36,350
Wausau 80 $35,070
Beloit 70 $38,720
Janesville 70 $38,720
Racine 70 $41,320
Fond du Lac 60 $33,840
Sheboygan N/A $40,690
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Casper 60 $39,440
Cheyenne 30 $40,440

Most Popular Industries for :
Automotive Body Repairers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Maintenance And Repair 100,330 68% $36,190
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 34,430 23% $38,740
Durable Goods Wholesale 3,460 2% $33,290
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 1,830 1% $54,410
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