Auto repair technicians are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, auto repair technicians rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 31% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy auto repair technicians are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Avionics technician
3.0
$69k
Metal caster
3.0
$46k
Auto body repairer
3.0
$47k
Ship engineer
3.0
$82k
Power plant operator
3.0
$81k
Auto repair technician
3.0
$47k
Construction manager
3.0
$99k
HVAC technician
3.0
$49k
Aircraft mechanic
3.0
$65k
Facility maintenance mechanic
3.0
$60k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are auto repair technicians happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do auto repair technicians find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as auto repair technicians?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are auto repair technician’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are auto repair technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Are auto repair technicians happy with their salary?

Auto repair technicians rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.7/5. Auto repair technicians tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked auto repair technicians how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

1296 auto repair technicians

5 Star
8%

8% of auto repair technicians rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of auto repair technicians rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of auto repair technicians rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of auto repair technicians rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
20%

20% of auto repair technicians rated their compensation 1 stars

Do auto repair technicians find their jobs meaningful?

On average, auto repair technicians rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.6/5. While most auto repair technicians aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked auto repair technicians how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.6 out of 5 stars

1293 auto repair technicians

5 Star
10%

10% of auto repair technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
14%

14% of auto repair technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of auto repair technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of auto repair technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
23%

23% of auto repair technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as auto repair technicians?

Auto repair technicians rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.8/5. The majority of auto repair technicians find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked auto repair technicians how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

1388 auto repair technicians

5 Star
29%

29% of auto repair technicians rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of auto repair technicians rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of auto repair technicians rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of auto repair technicians rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of auto repair technicians rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an auto repair technician’s work environment?

As a whole, auto repair technicians rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked auto repair technicians how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

1389 auto repair technicians

5 Star
20%

20% of auto repair technicians rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of auto repair technicians rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of auto repair technicians rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of auto repair technicians rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of auto repair technicians rated their work environment 1 stars

Are auto repair technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Former auto repair technicians on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most auto repair technicians are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked auto repair technicians how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

1390 auto repair technicians

5 Star
17%

17% of auto repair technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of auto repair technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of auto repair technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of auto repair technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of auto repair technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars