Salary/ Employment Outlook

Average technician income is increasing faster than inflation, is still higher than most comparable trades, and the top 10% average over $75,000. Technicians with recent training and/or I-CAR/ASE certification average significantly higher incomes.
Annual income tends to increase with shop sales volume and frequent training, especially I-CAR classes. Income figures shown below are for production technicians over 20 years old.
Shop Size

Average income for a collision repair technician in 2004 was $44,819. 

Shop Size

Average income among the top 10% was $76,782, showing an attractive earning potential as a collision repair technician.