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Occupational Employment Statistics


49-3021 Automotive Body and Related Repairers

Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames. Excludes “Painters, Transportation Equipment" (51-9122) and "Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers" (49-3022).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northeast Minnesota 12014$25.85/hr$17.91/hr$19.42/hr$24.03/hr$29.97/hr$31.05/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities660$24.94/hr
Financial Activities50$22.07/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services1,750$24.20/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 40$24.01/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 70$22.93/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 80$29.69/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 80$24.01/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 90$24.24/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 100$23.81/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 110$23.95/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 120$24.03/hr0.0%
St Cloud MN MSA 120$24.24/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 140$24.04/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 170$24.05/hr0.9%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 170$24.08/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 170$23.23/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 210$23.88/hr-0.5%
Southeast Minnesota 220$23.98/hr0.0%
Central Minnesota 320$24.24/hr-1.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,410$24.91/hr0.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,630$24.81/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,470$24.24/hr0.5%

  • Follow supervisors' instructions as to which parts to restore or replace and how much time the job should take.
  • Review damage reports, prepare or review repair cost estimates, and plan work to be performed.
  • Clean work areas, using air hoses, to remove damaged material and discarded fiberglass strips used in repair procedures.
  • Mix polyester resins and hardeners to be used in restoring damaged areas.
  • Fit and weld replacement parts into place, using wrenches and welding equipment, and grind down welds to smooth them, using power grinders and other tools.
  • Remove damaged sections of vehicles using metal-cutting guns, air grinders and wrenches, and install replacement parts using wrenches or welding equipment.
  • Read specifications or confer with customers to determine the desired custom modifications for altering the appearance of vehicles.
  • Prime and paint repaired surfaces, using paint sprayguns and motorized sanders.
  • Inspect repaired vehicles for proper functioning, completion of work, dimensional accuracy, and overall appearance of paint job, and test-drive vehicles to ensure proper alignment and handling.
  • Cut and tape plastic separating film to outside repair areas to avoid damaging surrounding surfaces during repair procedure and remove tape and wash surfaces after repairs are complete.