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How will your automotive education stack up?

If you want to study automotive at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. There are 949 traditional automotive schools in the US.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with automotive programs were:

  1. Western Washington University - located in Bellingham, Washington State
  2. Central Michigan University - located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  3. Johnson College - located in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In 2010, certificates in automotive were earned by 54,492 students in the US. Of these students, 43,647 received certifications in automotive repair and 10,845 received an undergraduate degree in automotive repair.


Students can pursue education in automotive repair at the following levels:

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

The skills and/or knowledge that automotive students can expect to gain during the course of their automotive education are:

  • Safety and Environmental Concerns
  • Reasoning and Analysis
  • Customer Service
  • Engine Repair
  • Emission Certification


The average tuition at automotive schools around the nation was $8,024 per year in 2010. The automotive schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Andrews University - located in Berrien Springs, Michigan, students paid $21,170
  2. Oakland City University - located in Oakland City, Indiana, students paid $15,410
  3. Johnson College - located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, students paid $15,305

The automotive schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Monongalia County Technical Education Center - located in Morgantown, West Virginia, students paid $1,050
  2. Cabell County Career Technology Center - located in Huntington, West Virginia, students paid $3,500
  3. Michigan Career and Technical Institute - located in Plainwell, Michigan, students paid $3,750

How will your automotive job compare?

The highest percentage of automotive repair graduates pursue careers as automotive mechanics. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 587,510 automotive mechanics working in the US in 2010. The largest numbers of automotive mechanics work in the following states:

  1. California - 54,880 Automotive Mechanics
  2. Texas - 43,270 Automotive Mechanics
  3. New York - 35,350 Automotive Mechanics

Projected Growth

The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for automotive mechanics over the next few years:

  1. Utah - 17%
  2. Idaho - 15%
  3. Nevada - 14%


In the US, a automotive mechanic earns on average $36,885 per year. However, factors such as experience, shift differentials, or experience can cause the salary for a automotive mechanic to vary greatly. Salaries for automotive mechanics range from less than $15,790 per year to more than $98,720 per year. Automotive mechanics in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Alaska - $51,870 per year
  2. Washington DC - $47,180 per year
  3. Maryland - $43,320 per year

On average, a automotive mechanic earns the least in the following states:

  1. West Virginia - $27,320 per year
  2. Kentucky - $30,810 per year
  3. Arkansas - $30,950 per year

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automotive repair?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 587,510 $38,200 -10.3%
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 222,770 $42,250 -10.3%