Numbers: How Auto Repair Shops Pay Technicians

May 9, 2024
According to the 2024 Ratchet+Wrench Industry Survey Report, auto repair shop owners have five defined pay plans for technicians.

Pay plans for auto repair shops is often a hot topic in the automotive aftermarket. According to the 2023 Ratchet+Wrench Industry Survey Report, there are five key plans auto repair shop owners use.

Here’s a breakdown of how independent repair shop owners structure and pay their teams. 

  • Flat rate: 23% 
  • Salary: 10% 
  • Hourly: 28% 
  • Hourly plus commission: 23% 
  • Salary plus commission: 6% 
  • Other: 12% 


Interested in learning more about technician pay plans? Read "The SOP: What’s the Best and Most Effective Pay Plan for Technicians?" or listen to "Deconstructing Technician Pay Plans" on Ratchet+Wrench Radio.

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