Unveiling the Most Lucrative Paths in Automotive Repair: Insights from CmySkills’ 350,000+ Instagram Community

The automotive repair industry is a broad and dynamic field, offering a range of specialties each with its own set of opportunities for career advancement and financial growth. To gauge where the best opportunities lie, CmySkills turned to its extensive Instagram community of over 350,000 followers and asked the following question: ”Which area of automotive repair offers the best opportunity for pay and advancement – Collision, Mechanical, Dealership or Heavy Truck?”.  Their responses paint a clear picture of the current landscape in automotive repair.

Collision Repair: Leading the Way with 48%

A significant majority, 48%, of respondents identified collision repair as the top area for pay and advancement. This field involves restoring vehicles to their pre-accident condition and often requires a high level of skill and precision. The demand for collision repair specialists is driven by the consistent need for vehicle repair following accidents, combined with the increasing complexity of modern vehicles. This specialization not only offers a high potential for earnings but also provides robust opportunities for professional growth.

Mechanical Repair: A Solid Choice for 20%

Mechanical repair, encompassing a wide range of services from engine work to routine maintenance, was chosen by 20% of our community. This fundamental aspect of automotive repair offers a steady and reliable career path. As vehicles become more technologically advanced, there is a growing need for skilled technicians who are up-to-date with the latest automotive technologies, underlining the potential for advancement and higher pay in this sector.

Heavy Trucks: Preferred by 18%

The heavy truck segment, focusing on larger vehicles such as trucks and buses, was highlighted by 18% of respondents. Given the crucial role of commercial and industrial transportation in the economy, specialists in this area are in high demand. The specific skills required to service and repair these large vehicles can translate into higher earning potential and career progression opportunities.

Dealerships: A Choice for 13%

Working at dealerships was seen as the best opportunity for career advancement and pay by 13% of the followers. Dealerships often provide a structured environment and access to training on the latest models and manufacturer-specific technologies. While they may not always offer the highest pay scales initially, they can serve as valuable stepping stones to higher-level positions within the automotive industry.


The survey results indicate a clear preference for collision repair as the leading field for pay and career advancement in the automotive repair industry. However, each area, including mechanical repair, heavy trucks, and dealership roles, has its own unique appeal and potential.


For professionals and newcomers in the automotive repair industry, understanding the diverse range of opportunities is key. While collision repair currently stands at the forefront in terms of career prospects, the other areas also offer substantial opportunities for those willing to develop the necessary skills and expertise.

CmySkills is committed to guiding automotive professionals in navigating these career paths, offering resources, training, and a platform for continuous learning and growth.

Stay tuned to CmySkills for more insights into the automotive repair industry and connect with us on Instagram and our Facebook Auto Technician forums for regular updates and discussions.

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