Automotive service technicians & mechanics

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2019 Workforce
783k
Average Age
39.2
Estimated Job Growth
−3.67%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$42,870
Average Male Salary
$43,076
Average Female Salary
$33,968

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 $42,870 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Automotive service technicians & mechanics by wage are Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance, Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other, and Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Automotive service technicians & mechanics are Bucks County (North) PUMA, PA, Hayward City PUMA, CA, and Hays County PUMA, TX. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Automotive service technicians & mechanics are Davie, Yadkin & Iredell (North) Counties PUMA, NC, Bucks County (North) PUMA, PA, and Metuchen Borough PUMA, NJ.

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 Spectator sports. Automotive service technicians & mechanics are paid most in Norman, Oklahoma City (South) & Moore Cities PUMA, OK but are relatively concentrated in Davie, Yadkin & Iredell (North) Counties PUMA, NC.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$42,870
AVERAGE SALARY
± $818

In 2019, Automotive service technicians & mechanics earned an average of $42,870, $12,654 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance make somewhat more than Automotive service technicians & mechanics while Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses 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

0.339
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Automotive service technicians & mechanics had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.339, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Automotive service technicians & mechanics

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 Spectator sports, Electric power generation, transmission & distribution, and Administration of economic programs & space research.

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Industries by Share

783k
2019 Workforce
± 21,674
3.37%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.82%

The number of people employed as Automotive service technicians & mechanics has been growing at a rate of 3.37%, from 757,826 people in 2018 to 783,369 people in 2019.

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  56.5%, followed by Car Dealers with 25.6% and Automotive parts, accessories, & tire stores  with 2.96%.

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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 39.2 and of female Automotive service technicians & mechanics is 36, and the most common race/ethnicity for Automotive service technicians & mechanics is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

766k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 21,429
17.7k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,262

97.7% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Other (Hispanic)

61.9% of Automotive service technicians & mechanics are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16% of Automotive service technicians & mechanics, White (Hispanic) 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

39.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.391
36
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.56

The median age of Automotive service technicians & mechanics is 39.2, and Male employees are generally 3.27 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 Engineering 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, Troubleshooting, and Operation Monitoring. 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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Projections

Projections on job growth for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics are expected to see a growth of −3.67% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics.
−3.67%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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