What are the Average Wages of Mechanics Around the World?

Becoming a mechanic affords many advantages, such as job stability, consistent work hours, long-term job prospects, and different opportunities available. Hourly wages can also be an excellent reason to pursue a career in mechanics. The hourly wage for mechanics is different in many countries worldwide. So to figure out where you can make the most money as a mechanic, here is an overview of what mechanics make worldwide.

United States

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for mechanics is $21.18 per hour or $44,050 per year. The job outlook for mechanics is anticipated to remain at the same pace between 2020 to 2030. The job market growth is expected to bring in about 69,000 openings for mechanics. Most of these openings are anticipated to come from the need to replace employees who either switch to a new profession or retire from the labor force altogether.


The net monthly wages for mechanics in Australia is roughly $1,436 per week, according to a report by joboutlook.gov.au. Mechanics in Australia are typically employed full-time, working 44 hours per week. The report also shows roughly 98,200 workers are currently employed and active in the field.


The average car mechanic in Germany is reportedly making €19 per hour or €40,449 per year, according to SalaryExpert. Entry-level mechanics make about €29,751 per year, while more experienced mechanics earn €49,000. The report also states that the estimated salary for automotive mechanics can increase by 16% over five years.


A report published by Hong Kong’s Census and Statistics Department shows that mechanics working in building services make roughly $131 per day. For example, mechanics working in industrial settings, such as construction plants, may earn a slightly higher average daily wage, currently at $148 per day.


The average monthly wage for mechanics in Africa can widely vary, with the lower bracket earning roughly $300 per month and the top earning bracket earning around $1,580 net per month. The average monthly income increases over the next five years, after which it starts to taper off.

Factors Affecting Average Wages

Note that all wage estimates aforementioned can be higher/lower based on a myriad of factors, such as years of experience, educational background and training, location, industry, and employer. 

Depending on where you live and work, your pay can increase or decrease to account for the cost of living in that region. For instance, top cities in the United States, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, will typically pay mechanics a higher hourly wage due to the comparatively higher cost of living in those cities.

Education is another important factor that accounts for gaps in wages worldwide. For example, a mechanic who has training from a top Auto Mechanic School can earn more than a candidate who does not have any formal training. Education also improves your job options and allows you to transition to roles and industries that better suit your skills and interest. In fact, according to the (UTI) Universal Technical Institute, 4 out of 5 of their graduates get a job in the field of their study.

Knowing the average wages worldwide can give you a better sense of where you can earn more for the skill set and expertise that you bring to the table.