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Automotive Body and Glass Repairers

Automotive Body and Glass Repairers
Quick Facts : Automotive Body and Glass Repairers*
2010 Median Pay$37,580
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012170,900
Job Outlook19% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change32,700


Automotive body and glass repairers can repair most damage from everyday vehicle collisions and make vehicles look and drive like new. Damage may be minor, such as replacing a cracked windshield, or major, such as replacing an entire door panel. In some cases, repair technicians do an entire job by themselves.

What Automotive Body and Glass Repairers Do

  • Review damage reports, prepare cost estimates, and plan work
  • Remove damaged body parts, including bumpers, fenders, hoods, grilles, and trim
  • Realign car frames and chassis to repair structural damage
  • Hammer out or patch dents, dimples, and other minor body damage
  • Grind, sand, buff, and prime refurbished and repaired surfaces

Work Environment

Repairers usually work in well-ventilated body shops in order to disperse dust and paint fumes. They sometimes work in awkward and cramped positions, and their work can be physically demanding. Most repairers work full time, and overtime and weekend hours are common.
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Job Outlook

Employment of automotive body and glass repairers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to the growing number of vehicles in use which should increase overall demand for collision repair services during the next decade.
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Pay

In May 2010 the average salary of automotive body and related repairers was $38,130.
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Automotive Body and Glass Repairers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Automotive Body and Glass Repairers

37580

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Automotive Body and Glass Repairers*
Percent Change in Employment

Automotive Body and Glass Repairers

19.134

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Automotive Body and Glass Repairers

New workers typically begin their on-the-job training by helping an experienced repair technician with basic tasks. As they gain experience, they move on to more complex work. Some workers may become trained in as little as a 1 year, but generally, workers may need 3-4 years of hands-on training to become fully qualified repair technicians.
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