How to Make Your Next Automotive Technician Hire

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Last updated at 09-16-2020 14:17:37



More than 19,821 companies advertise 162,082 Automotive Technician jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Automotive Technician most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 57,605 job posts from 10,236 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 52.1% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 17 Automotive Technician job seekers for every active Automotive Technician job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Automotive Technician, Automotive Mechanic, Delivery Driver, Service Technician, Technician, Warehouse Worker, Lube Technician, Maintenance Technician, Mechanic, and Laborer seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Automotive Technician candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Automotive Technician, Automotive Mechanic, Delivery Driver, Service Technician, Technician, Warehouse Worker, Lube Technician, Maintenance Technician, Mechanic, and Customer Service Representative. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Automotive Technician candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 16.1% of the active Automotive Technician candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 18.8% have between 3-5 years of experience, 28.4% have 6-10 years of experience, and 36.6% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 8.9 years to 8.7 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include automotive repair, automotive diagnostics, customer service, communication skills, mechanic experience, alignment, mechanical knowledge, computer literacy, writing skills, and oil change. Demand for data collection, mentoring, writing skills, automotive service, commercial driving, heavy lifting, automotive diagnostics, maintenance, computer literacy, and Spanish has significantly increased. If you are looking for an Automotive Technician with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.4 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 31.0% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 40.0%.

Example Automotive Technician responsibilities

  • Perform routine vehicle maintenance, such as oil changes, tire rotation and air filter replacement
  • Test drive vehicles
  • Diagnose and repair vehicle problems
  • Inspect vehicles for possible issues
  • Prepare needed documents for repairs and warranty reimbursement


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Automotive Technician positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Texas, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, and New York are the states that have the highest demand for Automotive Technicians. Texas, California, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania are where most job seekers are searching for Automotive Technician jobs. If we look at the Automotive Technician to job ratio, Missouri, Minnesota, Kentucky, Ohio, and Oregon have the lowest number of Automotive Technician applicants per job. West Virginia, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, and Nevada have the most active Automotive Technician job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 893,936 job seekers interested in Automotive Technician opportunities in the United States. That’s a 69.7% increase compared to the previous quarter with 589,996 active job seekers. Around 16.1% of the active Automotive Technician candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 18.8% have between 3-5 years of experience, 28.4% have 6-10 years of experience, and 36.6% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Automotive Technician candidates is 8.7 years. Active candidates in the Automotive Technician profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Automotive Technician candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have greater negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll likely have to attract several times more candidates to make a hire compared to other professions.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 8,205 Automotive Technicians from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Walmart, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Jiffy Lube, NTB - National Tire & Battery, Safelite Group, MIDAS, CarMax, Goodyear, and Monro Auto Service and Tire Centers.

After analyzing post-interview data from Automotive Technician candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 59.9% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 91.3% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Automotive Technician candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, drug test, and phone call/screening. Most employers do not require a problem solving exercises or written test. If you are trying to hire your next Automotive Technician quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 62.3% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 52% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • Why do you want to be a technician?
  • Which skills and qualities do you have that make you a successful technician?
  • Is there any experience you have had at a dealership that would help you be a good technician?
  • How would you rate your problem-solving skills?
  • What attracted you to this particular company?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Automotive Technician salary offered by employers increased for 3 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 1% from $60,306.76 to $60,937.59 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Automotive Technician positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 70.1%, paid time off by 63.0%, dental insurance by 58.1%, a 401k plan by 52.8%, vision insurance by 51.5%, discounts by 50.3%, and stock options/grants by 6.5%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including paternity leave, maternity leave, somewhat remote, fully remote, flexible working hours, sabbaticals, location variety, and mostly remote, to attract and retain Automotive Technician candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 33.4% of the employers conducted a background check, and 28.4% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Automotive Technician candidates.


When you’re ready to hire an Automotive Technician, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move an Automotive Technician candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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