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
Southeast Minnesota 31076$20.29/hr$14.07/hr$16.42/hr$19.08/hr$24.10/hr$28.97/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities490$21.26/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Other Services2,070$20.33/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60$23.07/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 60$23.06/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 70$17.33/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 90$16.76/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 100$25.06/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 100$16.45/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 140$21.17/hr4.1%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 150$20.92/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 180$17.61/hr5.8%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 180$23.26/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 190$19.20/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 250$20.05/hr9.0%
Southeast Balance of State 250$18.24/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 290$19.49/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 310$19.68/hr10.4%
Southeast Minnesota 310$19.08/hr7.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,340$23.33/hr5.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,410$23.05/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,570$20.67/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.