The median annual wage of automotive body and related repairers was $38,130 in May 2010. The lowest 10% earned less than $22,990, and the top 10% earned more than $64,320. The majority of repair shops and auto dealers pay repair technicians on an incentive basis. In addition to receiving a guaranteed base salary, employers pay workers a set amount for completing various tasks. Their earnings depend on both the amount of work assigned and how fast they complete it. Trainees typically earn between 30% and 60% of skilled workers’ pay. They are paid by the hour until they are competent enough to be paid on an incentive basis.