In the early 1950’s, the average hourly labor rate for collision repair was $4.00 to $5.00 per hour. The average hourly wage for a body man, was $1.75.
Today’s master of body rebuilding must be a practical diagnostician, with the delicate touch of a surgeon, plus the skill of a practical mechanic. The blending, preparation, and application of modern paints is something acquired only by long experience with the aid of proper equipment. Verily, today’s auto body craftsman no longer is ‘just a body mechanic.’ He’s a skilled artisan – a professional. And his business is a profession!”
Emil Stanley – Editor / Publisher Auto Body News and Good Car Care magazine Volume 1, Number 1 September, 1962 (First nationally-distributed collision trade journal.)