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Working as an Auto Inspector

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an auto inspector. For example, did you know that they make an average of $25.26 an hour? That's $52,549 a year!

What Does an Auto Inspector Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an auto inspector, we found that a lot of resumes listed 27.7% of auto inspectors included mechanical problems, while 19.8% of resumes included vehicle condition, and 17.3% of resumes included vehicle inspections. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the auto inspector job title. But what industry to start with? Most auto inspectors actually find jobs in the retail and technology industries.

How To Become an Auto Inspector

If you're interested in becoming an auto inspector, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 12.5% of auto inspectors have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 1.0% of auto inspectors have master's degrees. Even though some auto inspectors have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an auto inspector. When we researched the most common majors for an auto inspector, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or diploma degrees. Other degrees that we often see on auto inspector resumes include bachelor's degree degrees or associate degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an auto inspector. In fact, many auto inspector jobs require experience in a role such as cashier. Meanwhile, many auto inspectors also have previous career experience in roles such as customer service representative or driver.

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Average Salary$52,549

Average Salary for an Auto Inspector

Auto Inspectors in America make an average salary of $52,549 per year or $25 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $100,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $27,000 per year.
Average Salary
$52,549

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Auto Damage Auction Inspector
Auto Damage Auction Inspector
Alliance Inspection Management
Alliance Inspection Management
01/04/2021
01/04/2021
$29,21801/04/2021
$29,218
Certified Auto Inspector/Technician
Certified Auto Inspector/Technician
Valvoline Instant Oil Change
Valvoline Instant Oil Change
12/31/2020
12/31/2020
$30,78312/31/2020
$30,783
Certified Auto Inspector/Technician
Certified Auto Inspector/Technician
Valvoline Instant Oil Change
Valvoline Instant Oil Change
12/29/2020
12/29/2020
$31,30512/29/2020
$31,305
Certified Auto Inspector/Technician
Certified Auto Inspector/Technician
Valvoline Instant Oil Change
Valvoline Instant Oil Change
12/28/2020
12/28/2020
$31,30512/28/2020
$31,305
Auto Auction Inspector
Auto Auction Inspector
Alliance Inspection Management
Alliance Inspection Management
12/15/2020
12/15/2020
$29,21812/15/2020
$29,218

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Auto Inspector Demographics

Gender

male

73.3 %

female

24.2 %

unknown

2.4 %

Ethnicity

White

65.9 %

Hispanic or Latino

14.8 %

Black or African American

10.2 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

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Auto Inspector Education

Degrees

High School Diploma

46.9 %

Certificate

17.7 %

Diploma

12.5 %
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Top Skills For an Auto Inspector

  • Mechanical Problems, 27.7%
  • Vehicle Condition, 19.8%
  • Vehicle Inspections, 17.3%
  • Mechanical Issues, 10.9%
  • Current Knowledge, 7.8%
  • Other Skills, 16.5%
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Top Auto Inspector Employers

1. Alliance Inspection Management, ...
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$45,721
Auto Inspectors Hired: 
27+
2. State Farm
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$62,392
Auto Inspectors Hired: 
25+
3. Valvoline
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$55,727
Auto Inspectors Hired: 
3+
4. ADESA
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$43,545
Auto Inspectors Hired: 
3+
5. Autovin
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$67,859
Auto Inspectors Hired: 
2+
6. Stratosphere Quality
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$89,110
Auto Inspectors Hired: 
2+
Updated October 2, 2020