Automotive service technicians & mechanics

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Total Workforce

770k

Average Age

39

Estimated Job Growth

6.12%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$40,151

Average Male Salary

$40,328

Average Female Salary

$31,933

About

Automotive service technicians & mechanics are most often employed by the Automotive repair & maintenance industry. The average yearly wage for Automotive service technicians & mechanics was $40,151 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Automotive service technicians & mechanics by wage are Directors, religious activities & education, Recreational therapists, and Court, municipal, & license clerks.

Automotive service technicians & mechanics are part of the Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of mechanics, installers, & repairers, Computer, automated teller, & office machine repairers, Radio & telecommunications equipment installers & repairers, Avionics technicians, Electric motor, power tool, & related repairers, Electronic equipment installers & repairers, motor vehicles, Electronic home entertainment equipment installers & repairers, Security & fire alarm systems installers, Electrical & electronics repairers, transportation equipment, & industrial & utility, Aircraft mechanics & service technicians, Automotive body & related repairers, Automotive glass installers & repairers, Automotive service technicians & mechanics, Bus & truck mechanics & diesel engine specialists, Heavy vehicle & mobile equipment service technicians & mechanics, Small engine mechanics, Miscellaneous vehicle & mobile equipment mechanics, installers, & repairers, Control & valve installers & repairers, Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers, Home appliance repairers, Maintenance workers, machinery, Millwrights, Industrial & refractory machinery mechanics, Electrical powerline installers & repairers, Telecommunications line installers & repairers, Precision instrument & equipment repairers, Maintenance & repair workers, general, Coin, vending, & amusement machine servicers & repairers, Locksmiths & safe repairers, Riggers, Helpersinstallation, maintenance, & repair workers , and Miscellaneous installation, maintenance, & repair workers, including wind turbine service technicians

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Automotive service technicians & mechanics and on wages and locations for those in the field. Automotive repair & maintenance is the industry that employs the most Automotive service technicians & mechanics, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Automotive service technicians & mechanics, by average wage, is Other general government & support. Automotive service technicians & mechanics are paid most in Henderson, Hardeman, McNairy, Hardin, Haywood & Decatur Counties PUMA, TN but are relatively concentrated in Gage Park, Garfield Ridge & West Lawn PUMA, IL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$40,151

AVERAGE SALARY

± $827

In 2017, Automotive service technicians & mechanics earned an average of $40,151, $11,914 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Court, municipal, & license clerks make somewhat more than Automotive service technicians & mechanics while Directors, religious activities & education make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Automotive service technicians & mechanics as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.328

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Automotive service technicians & mechanics had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.328, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Automotive service technicians & mechanics (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Automotive service technicians & mechanics.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Automotive service technicians & mechanics.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Automotive service technicians & mechanics, by number of employees, are Automotive repair & maintenance, Car Dealers, and Automotive parts, accessories, & tire stores .

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Automotive service technicians & mechanics, by average wage, are Other general government & support, Electric power generation, transmission & distribution, and Construction.

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Industries by Share

770k

2017 Workforce

± 21,481

2.05%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 3.89%

The number of people employed as Automotive service technicians & mechanics has been growing at a rate of 2.05%, from 754,061 people in 2016 to 769,514 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Automotive service technicians & mechanics employed by various industries. Automotive repair & maintenance employs the largest share of Automotive service technicians & mechanics at  54.2%, followed by Car Dealers with 26.4% and Automotive parts, accessories, & tire stores  with 3.51%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Automotive service technicians & mechanics in the US. The average age of male Automotive service technicians & mechanics in the workforce is 39.1 and of female Automotive service technicians & mechanics is 35, and the most common race/ethnicity for Automotive service technicians & mechanics is White.

Gender Composition

753k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 21,254

16.2k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 3,129

97.9% of Automotive service technicians & mechanics are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Automotive service technicians & mechanics.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Automotive service technicians & mechanics

  1. White

  2. Other

  3. Black

78.2% of Automotive service technicians & mechanics are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.33% of Automotive service technicians & mechanics, Other is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Automotive service technicians & mechanics.

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Age by Gender

39.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.382

35

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 2.49

The median age of Automotive service technicians & mechanics is 39, and Male employees are generally 4.13 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Automotive service technicians & mechanics from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Automotive service technicians & mechanics is Business but a relatively high number of Automotive service technicians & mechanics hold a major in Mechanical Technologies.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Automotive service technicians & mechanics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Automotive service technicians & mechanics need many skills, but most especially Repairing, Equipment Maintenance, and Troubleshooting. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Automotive service technicians & mechanics need more than the average amount of Installation, Repairing, and Equipment Maintenance.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Automotive service technicians & mechanics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Automotive service technicians & mechanics are expected to see a growth of 6.12% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

6.12%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Automotive service technicians & mechanics. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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