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Career Profile: Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers

Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 18,500 people employed as automotive glass installers and repairers in the United States. The median annual salary is $37,920. Entry level employees earn approximately $28,470 per year and senior employees earn approximately $57,680 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Install new foam dams on pinchwelds, if required.
  • Install rubber channeling strips around edges of glass or frames to weatherproof windows or to prevent rattling.
  • Hold cut or uneven edges of glass against automated abrasive belts to shape or smooth edges.
  • Cut flat safety glass according to specified patterns or perform precision pattern making and glass cutting to custom fit replacement windows.
  • Obtain windshields or windows for specific automobile makes and models from stock and examine them for defects prior to installation.
  • Check for and remove moisture or contamination in damaged areas and keep areas dry until repairs are complete.
  • Replace all moldings, clips, windshield wipers, or other parts that were removed prior to glass replacement or repair.
  • Remove broken or damaged glass windshields or window glass from motor vehicles, using hand tools to remove screws from frames holding glass.
  • Remove moldings, clips, windshield wipers, screws, bolts, and inside A-pillar moldings and lower headliners in preparation for installation or repair work.
  • Install replacement glass in vehicles.
  • Install, repair, or replace safety glass and related materials, such as back glass heating elements, on vehicles or equipment.
  • Cool or warm glass in the event of temperature extremes.
  • Replace or adjust motorized or manual window-raising mechanisms.
  • Prime all scratches on pinchwelds with primer and allow to dry.
  • Remove all dirt, foreign matter, and loose glass from damaged areas, apply primer along windshield or window edges, and allow primer to dry.
  • Allow all glass parts installed with urethane ample time to cure, taking temperature and humidity into account.
  • Apply a bead of urethane around the perimeter of each pinchweld and dress the remaining urethane on the pinchwelds so that it is of uniform level and thickness.
  • Select appropriate tools, safety equipment, and parts, according to job requirements.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
18,500
Annual Openings:
1,800
Increase in Openings by 2031:
4%
Annual Salary Range:
$28,470 - $57,680
Education Requirements:
High school diploma