Automotive in California

The Top 3 Online Schools: Get Free Info

  • Walden University Btn_top_more_info
  • Capella University Btn_top_more_info
  • American Intercontinental University Btn_top_more_info
Ad_cliff_notes Ad_open_courseware Never-leave-home

There are schools offering automotive training in California!

You may want to consider online colleges as well!
Great programs and courses just at the click of your finger!

Schools Offering Automotive Repair Programs in California

Each year, roughly 0.7% of California students graduate with certificates in automotive repair. In other words, every year an estimated 6,055 automotive mechanics graduate from California's 85 automotive schools.

Top Schools

Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center, which was ranked 66th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in California that has a automotive program. It is located in Sacramento. In 2010, Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center graduated 139 students from its automotive program.

The second-ranked school in California with a automotive program is Wyotech-Fremont, which is located in Fremont. In 2010, it was ranked 68th nationwide. In 2010, Wyotech-Fremont graduated 540 students from its automotive program. The tuition rate at Wyotech-Fremont was $16,099 per year.

Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education, which was ranked 68th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in California that has a automotive program. It is located in Pomona. In 2010, 3 students graduated from Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education automotive program. Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education charged in-state students $0 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of California's automotive schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $1,011 per year, though tuition can range from $17,407 per year to $624 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at California automotive schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Wyotech-Long Beach - located in Long Beach, students are charged $17,407 per year
  2. Wyotech-Fremont - located in Fremont, students are charged $16,099 per year
  3. De Anza College - located in Cupertino, students are charged $878 per year

The following California automotive schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. San Joaquin Delta College - located in Stockton, students are charged $624 per year
  2. Barstow Community College - located in Barstow, students are charged $624 per year
  3. Copper Mountain Community College - located in Joshua Tree, students are charged $625 per year

An automotive certificate from a California school... what next?

A large number of California automotive graduates become automotive mechanics. If you decide to work as an automotive mechanic in California, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 54,880 California automotive mechanics as of 2010. The largest populations of California automotive mechanics are working in the following counties:

  1. Los Angeles County - 13,840 automotive mechanics
  2. Riverside County - 5,100 automotive mechanics
  3. Orange County - 4,910 automotive mechanics

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of automotive mechanics is expected to grow by 7% by 2018. There are projected to be 81,000 automotive mechanics working in the California then.


On average, automotive mechanics earn $42,690 per year. However, this number is only an average. automotive mechanics in California had varying salaries from $20,740 to $79,170 per year in 2010. The following counties in California have the highest average salaries for automotive mechanics:

  1. San Benito County - $51,440 per year
  2. Alameda County - $50,980 per year
  3. Marin County - $47,930 per year

On average, automotive mechanics earns the least in the following California counties:

  1. Merced County - $35,480 per year
  2. Fresno County - $37,000 per year
  3. Del Norte County - $37,660 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in automotive repair and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as automotive or plumbing.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Automotive Repair in California
  • Certificate in Automotive Repair in California

Want to study at your own time and pace?

Consider Online Schools as a great alternative flexible option to earn a degree!

View Online Schools
Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,784 miles from location San Diego Continuing Education San Diego CA n/a n/a n/a
7,776 miles from location Riverside Community College Riverside CA 15.8854 n/a 36,586
7,817 miles from location East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA 16.3274 n/a 35,717
7,883 miles from location American River College Sacramento CA 15.4069 n/a 35,413
7,962 miles from location City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA 19.5231 n/a 32,950
7,808 miles from location Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA 15.7905 n/a 31,073
7,820 miles from location Long Beach City College Long Beach CA 13.8435 n/a 27,894
7,780 miles from location Palomar College San Marcos CA 16.5038 n/a 27,442
7,830 miles from location El Camino Community College District Torrance CA 15.8275 n/a 27,237
7,893 miles from location Sacramento City College Sacramento CA 14.8295 n/a 27,171
7,813 miles from location Pasadena City College Pasadena CA 17.7379 n/a 26,453
7,957 miles from location Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 19.5812 n/a 25,877
7,848 miles from location Fresno City College Fresno CA 13.5394 n/a 25,511
7,951 miles from location De Anza College Cupertino CA 24.9068 n/a 25,191
7,800 miles from location Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA 19.6994 n/a 23,260
7,807 miles from location Fullerton College Fullerton CA 17.0593 n/a 22,469
7,811 miles from location Rio Hondo College Whittier CA 14.8367 n/a 22,432
7,837 miles from location Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills CA 17.7823 n/a 21,928
7,817 miles from location Cerritos College Norwalk CA 14.3203 n/a 21,776
7,779 miles from location Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 16.965 n/a 21,597
7,832 miles from location College of the Canyons Valencia CA 15.1196 n/a 21,575
7,783 miles from location Chaffey College Alta Loma CA 13.8744 n/a 21,399
7,873 miles from location Sierra College Rocklin CA 19.1068 n/a 20,688
7,898 miles from location San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA 16.8338 n/a 20,223
7,894 miles from location Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA 18.7886 n/a 19,753
7,890 miles from location Modesto Junior College Modesto CA 14.2493 n/a 18,410
7,833 miles from location Bakersfield College Bakersfield CA 15.0744 n/a 18,402
7,787 miles from location San Diego City College San Diego CA 12.0991 n/a 18,074
7,756 miles from location Mt. San Jacinto Community College District San Jacinto CA 11.7295 n/a 17,583
7,823 miles from location Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles CA 12.531 n/a 15,968
7,891 miles from location Cosumnes River College Sacramento CA 12.3879 n/a 15,946
7,806 miles from location Antelope Valley College Lancaster CA 16.6671 n/a 15,705
7,814 miles from location Cypress College Cypress CA 15.6296 n/a 15,439
7,833 miles from location Reedley College Reedley CA 15.9728 n/a 15,384
7,946 miles from location Chabot College Hayward CA 14.9806 n/a 15,375
7,770 miles from location San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino CA 10.4241 n/a 14,916
7,871 miles from location Ventura College Ventura CA 19.7881 n/a 14,395
7,815 miles from location Golden West College Huntington Beach CA 14.783 n/a 13,978
7,786 miles from location MiraCosta College Oceanside CA 17.1854 n/a 13,537
7,759 miles from location Victor Valley College Victorville CA 13.9467 n/a 13,470
7,832 miles from location College of the Sequoias Visalia CA 12.9685 n/a 13,322
7,873 miles from location Butte College Oroville CA 14.6243 n/a 13,147
7,800 miles from location Citrus College Glendora CA 12.4755 n/a 12,895
7,932 miles from location Solano Community College Fairfield CA 15.9371 n/a 12,222
7,928 miles from location Cuesta College San Luis Obispo CA 15.736 n/a 12,025
7,781 miles from location San Diego Miramar College San Diego CA 15.902 n/a 11,584
7,937 miles from location Evergreen Valley College San Jose CA 14.1126 n/a 11,186
7,921 miles from location Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA 16.6722 n/a 11,070
7,823 miles from location Abram Friedman Occupational Center Los Angeles CA 14.3403 n/a 10,777
7,925 miles from location Los Medanos College Pittsburg CA 11.077 n/a 10,773
7,881 miles from location Shasta College Redding CA 17.9463 n/a 10,578
7,965 miles from location Skyline College San Bruno CA 16.2107 n/a 10,561
7,947 miles from location Hartnell College Salinas CA 14.8313 n/a 10,451
7,870 miles from location Merced College Merced CA 10.9318 n/a 10,446
7,725 miles from location College of the Desert Palm Desert CA 11.9919 n/a 10,193
7,929 miles from location Las Positas College Livermore CA 15.9289 n/a 9,790
7,961 miles from location Monterey Peninsula College Monterey CA 13.0473 n/a 9,578
7,774 miles from location Cuyamaca College El Cajon CA 13.283 n/a 9,459
7,692 miles from location Imperial Valley College Imperial CA 12.7761 n/a 8,831
7,869 miles from location Oxnard College Oxnard CA 16.1276 n/a 8,642
7,881 miles from location Yuba College Marysville CA 12.4683 n/a 8,564
7,950 miles from location Contra Costa College San Pablo CA 14.0254 n/a 8,316
7,970 miles from location College of the Redwoods Eureka CA 14.2499 n/a 7,634
7,952 miles from location College of Alameda Alameda CA 9.52118 n/a 7,302
7,961 miles from location College of Marin Greenbrae CA 10.9857 n/a 7,066
7,865 miles from location Taft College Taft CA 15.1812 n/a 7,031
7,823 miles from location El Camino College-Compton Center Compton CA 6.2099 n/a 6,691
7,760 miles from location Cerro Coso Community College Ridgecrest CA 10.7394 n/a 6,342
7,963 miles from location Mendocino College Ukiah CA 11.1845 n/a 4,833
7,739 miles from location Barstow Community College Barstow CA 11.2087 n/a 4,791
7,849 miles from location Columbia College Sonora CA 10.5858 n/a 3,629
7,764 miles from location Palo Verde College Blythe CA 9.84469 n/a 3,516
7,784 miles from location Universal Technical Institute of California Inc Rancho Cucamonga CA 26.8974 n/a 2,677
7,892 miles from location Universal Technical Institute of Northern California Inc Sacramento CA 6.86878 n/a 2,257
7,800 miles from location Lassen Community College Susanville CA 10.562 n/a 2,250
7,826 miles from location Wyotech-Long Beach Long Beach CA 30.384 100% 2,166
7,708 miles from location Copper Mountain Community College Joshua Tree CA 9.13844 n/a 2,044
7,941 miles from location Wyotech-Fremont Fremont CA 31.6257 100% 1,926
7,891 miles from location Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center Sacramento CA 33.6513 n/a 1,618
7,796 miles from location Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education Pomona CA 31.4235 n/a 1,463
0 miles from location Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center Los Angeles CA 21.2928 n/a 1,277
7,805 miles from location Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education Baldwin Park CA 0.632715 n/a 948
7,896 miles from location Wyotech-West Sacramento West Sacramento CA 29.8049 n/a 737
7,808 miles from location California Career School Anaheim CA 23.6478 n/a 335
7,817 miles from location American Auto Institute Cerritos CA 22.7417 82% 122

Curious what studying Automotive gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in California

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics + 54,880 $42,690 -21.3%
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists + 16,990 $48,330 -32.8%

Got your degree? Time to find a job!

Below are automotive related jobs in California