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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 8033$19.73/hr$12.71/hr$14.50/hr$18.36/hr$24.24/hr$29.66/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities500$21.10/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Other Services2,070$19.22/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60$23.12/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 70$22.69/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 70$25.16/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 80$18.36/hr10.4%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 90$17.51/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 120$23.69/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 120$17.59/hr4.1%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 120$18.27/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 130$17.32/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 190$21.59/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 200$21.64/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 220$19.18/hr5.8%
Northwest Balance of State 280$18.59/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 300$18.04/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 360$18.62/hr7.3%
Central Minnesota 380$22.78/hr9.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,290$21.35/hr5.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,340$21.26/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,580$19.66/hr6.6%

  • 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.
  • Follow supervisors' instructions as to which parts to restore or replace and how much time the job should take.
  • Position dolly blocks against surfaces of dented areas and beat opposite surfaces to remove dents, using hammers.
  • Mix polyester resins and hardeners to be used in restoring damaged areas.
  • Clean work areas, using air hoses, to remove damaged material and discarded fiberglass strips used in repair procedures.
  • Remove upholstery, accessories, electrical window-and-seat-operating equipment, and trim to gain access to vehicle bodies and fenders.
  • File, grind, sand, and smooth filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.
  • 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.
  • Fill small dents that cannot be worked out with plastic or solder.
  • Remove damaged sections of vehicles using metal-cutting guns, air grinders and wrenches, and install replacement parts using wrenches or welding equipment.