Should you pick your degree based on future salary?

After graduation, automotive mechanics graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $99,517, while the bottom 20% make closer to $29,867. The median grad salary is $54,519.

Automotive Mechanics graduate salaries over time

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for automotive mechanics graduates

The highest paying careers for automotive mechanics graduates are automotive service technician, auto body repairer and welder, with top salaries averaging around $42,257.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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