Automotive careers fall into a number of different and far-ranging categories, from manufacturing, engineering and sales to parts and vehicle repairs. Wages differ -- sometimes significantly -- for each of these occupations.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that automotive repair and maintenance workers earned an average annual salary of $39,880 as of May 2013. However, a subset of the group -- automotive body and related repairers -- earned an average annual salary of $42,620 in 2013, while bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists averaged $44,120. Automotive engineers, however, had the top salary among automotive careers, with a 2013 median of $82,100 a year, according to O*NET Online.