Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
SOC: 49-3022.00


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
19,300 employed

Projected (2024):
20,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Automotive Glass Installer (Auto Glass Installer)
  • Automotive Glass Mechanic (Auto Glass Mechanic)
  • Automotive Glass Specialist (Auto Glass Specialist)
  • Automotive Glass Technician (Auto Glass Technician)
  • Automotive Glazier (Auto Glazier)
  • Automotive Window Tinter
  • Glass Fitter
  • Glass Installer
  • Glass Installer Technician
  • Glass Setter
  • Glass Technician
  • Glass Technician/Installer
  • Master Automotive Glass Technician (Master Auto Glass Technician)
  • Vehicle Glass Technician
  • Window Installer
  • Window Tinter
  • Windshield Installer
  • Windshield Repair Technician
  • Windshield Technician

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove broken or damaged glass windshields or window glass from motor vehicles, using hand tools to remove screws from frames holding glass.
  • Replace all moldings, clips, windshield wipers, or other parts that were removed prior to glass replacement or repair.
  • Remove moldings, clips, windshield wipers, screws, bolts, and inside A-pillar moldings and lower headliners in preparation for installation or repair work.
  • Install, repair, or replace safety glass and related materials, such as back glass heating elements, on vehicles or equipment.
  • 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.
  • Replace or adjust motorized or manual window-raising mechanisms.
  • Install new foam dams on pinchwelds, if required.
  • Cool or warm glass in the event of temperature extremes.
  • Prime all scratches on pinchwelds with primer and allow to dry.
  • Install replacement glass in vehicles.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air compressors
  • Air knives
  • Awls
  • Buffing wheels
  • Caulking guns
  • Cold chisels
  • Cold knives
  • Cordless drills
  • Cut-out knives
  • Deburring tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Driving wedges
  • Gasket scrapers
  • Glass cutters
  • Glass holders
  • Hammers
  • Hook tools
  • Hot knife blades
  • Hot knives
  • Infrared digital thermometers
  • Injection syringes
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Knife blades
  • Lacing tools
  • Long knives
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mirror bracket wrenches
  • Moisture evaporators
  • Multimeters
  • Nut drivers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oscillating power knives
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pliers action clip removers
  • Pneumatic windshield removal blades
  • Power caulking guns
  • Propane torches
  • Pry bars
  • Punches
  • Ratcheting screwdrivers
  • Ratchets
  • Safety gloves
  • Scribers
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Straightedges
  • Suction cups
  • Torx wrenches
  • Trim tools
  • Ultraviolet UV curing lamps
  • Ultraviolet UV lights
  • Upholstery removal tools
  • Urethane sealant cutout knives
  • Utility knives
  • Windshield molding removal tools
  • Windshield removal power knives
  • Accounting software
  • Estimating software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Recordkeeping software

  • installation maintenance and repair

    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990