Automobile Wrecker

Salvage usable parts from wrecked cars or trucks in the auto salvage yards.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $62,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Automobile Wreckers do?

Salvages usable parts from wrecked cars and trucks in auto salvage yard: Dismantles vehicles, using handtools, bolt cutters, and oxyacetylene torch. Cleans parts, using solvents and brush, or vapor-degreasing machine, and stores parts in bins according to condition and part number. Sorts, piles, and loads scrap on railroad cars or trucks. May drive tow-truck. May sell automobile glass, tires, and parts.

Should I be an Automobile Wrecker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Auto Dismantler, Auto Wrecker, Car Wrecker, Pinsetter Adjuster, Automatic

    How to become an Automobile Wrecker

    Automobile Wreckers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Automobile Wrecker-related education!
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