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How Much Is Labor At A Body Shop?

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Usually, labor charges quoted by repair shops are done using a computer program or “flat rate” manual that provides the average time taken by an experienced technician to complete a given vehicle repair. This flat-rate duration is then multiplied with the shop’s hourly labor rate to acquire the total labor charges for the rendered services.

These are the national average hourly labor rates for different auto body jobs:

  • Paint Labor – $50
  • Body Labor – $50
  • Paint Materials – $32
  • Electrical – $98
  • Mechanical – $98
  • Frame / Structural – $60
  • Fabrication – $60
  • Fiberglass – $60
  • Mount & Balance – $26
  • Glass – $60

Charges might be different based on the skill level of each body or repair shop.

Many car owners feel that flat-rate pricing is used by body shops to overcharge customers. However, the system allows for the shop to offer a fair and consistent estimate while paying the technician for their ability.

At Global Collision Centers in Wichita, we are very competitively priced, give honest estimates and usually can meet or beat our competitors’ quotes. We also offer loaner vehicles and towing services.

For many auto body shops, if the flat-rate time to replace a car starter is fixed at 2 hours. The shop might quote the rate to the customer and pay the technician twice their hourly wage for the work.

An experienced technician could complete the job in less time and earn a higher hourly rate.



Manoel fernandesFebruary 4, 2022 at 12:41 pmReply

How much the body shop pay for employers

Christy-LeeMarch 31, 2022 at 5:43 pmReply

I pay my Paint Techs commission based and they are able to man their own crew or work solo, 35% of all jobs, I do not include Parts (if we need a new door,etc) commission is on all painted panels and if he would like to up the part price he will get the commission rate for that as well. They are allowed to hire preppers underneath him.

Jose paquito limJanuary 23, 2023 at 7:22 pmReply

Change my front bumper Mitsubishi lancer

CuttmanAugust 3, 2023 at 4:18 pmReply

I’m in Central Florida ,Some shops hourly rates are 48-50 hourly ,and paint and shop supplies and paint material rates are 29-32 ,It also really depends on where you live and also the type of body shop it is ,dealer body shop, independent shop, or custom restoration shops they tend to go as high as 58/63 hourly and 35-40 on shop materials and paint supplies hourly .

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