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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 by 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, the competition, and city/location.

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.

The high hourly rates charged by mechanic shops can certainly be a concern for individuals who rely on their services for vehicle maintenance and repair. Several factors contribute to the costs associated with auto repair, and it’s essential to understand the reasons behind these rates. See Why Auto Body Shops Charge So Much?



Manoel fernandesFebruary 4, 2022 at 12:41 pmReply

How much the body shop pay for employers

Jose paquito limJanuary 23, 2023 at 7:22 pmReply

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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 .

MelissaOctober 19, 2023 at 3:57 pmReply

Mechanic shops charge up to $150 an hour, all over the country. These rates are ridiculous. How are people supposed to pay their bills or for parts???

FJBDecember 21, 2023 at 6:32 pm

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Global CollisionNovember 2, 2023 at 7:06 amReply

That is correct, thank you for sharing.

MelissaOctober 19, 2023 at 3:56 pmReply

Um, those rates are not only wrong and outdated, they are ridiculous. Do better.

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Global CollisionNovember 2, 2023 at 7:30 amReply

Those are statistically the average national rates, combined across the USA. It can vary a lot if you compare a midwest small town of 5,000 people, to a city like Wichita, KS of 350,000 people or a high end city like San Francisco. You can view this article, and it might be helpful.

Nicholas MDecember 7, 2023 at 3:02 pmReply



Sabrina smithJanuary 8, 2024 at 8:17 amReply

So I’m just curious when you say the prices are insane ridiculous, are you basing that on facts? If so does that mean you have done the work of pricing all parts OEM and used parts, as well as paint tape bondo, faxtor in the cost of electricity and paint booth filters and paint face mask thinner reducer spray gun oil filter, added to amount spent on school and training to gain skill, and lastly time and labor put in to the specific job….which with flash times and all it does actually take time to do the task regardless of how fast of a worker you are…… I’d say that they are probably do more favors than people realize. Most cars aren’t cheap why would repair be? Maybe it’s your budget that is insane but if you can’t afford it then do it yourself or pay for a job done as well as you paid for. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT INSANE OR RIDICULOUS…. ITS RESPECTABLE.

Venus RamayFebruary 7, 2024 at 8:13 amReply

Those average rates are so misleading and outdated. I help out at my husband’s shop and have yet to have 1 insurance company prove how they come up with these rates. Cost of supplies alone is tripled in the last 5 years. Shops are having to do more since adjusters are refusing to come look at cars for damage and then don’t want to approve a repair because they can’t see the damage in the picture. Havent spoken any one adjuster that new what a position statement was much less could write an estimate correctly. For example let’s change 2 16″ wheels and put 1 18″ tire on the estimate. Really???? Then get offended because I change it. Common sense check it before you push send. Then want to quote parts that I can’t get because of location and want to ask why I can’t pay freight!

Unfortunately everything has to go on the estimate from clips to, chemicals to cleaning to even charging for time to do the estimating in some cases. And the industry doesn’t have enough skilled workers now much less in the future for these advanced cars and it’s only getting worse.
The programs at the colleges aren’t teaching the real skills only text book and half of them have no tools when they get out. Why are the teachers posting the programs from the tool guys to help them. I mean really……

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