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Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers: NAICS 441

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About the Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers subsector

The motor vehicle and parts dealers subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers subsector retail motor vehicles and parts from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector typically operate from a showroom and/or an open lot where the vehicles are on display. The display of vehicles and the related parts require little by way of display equipment. The personnel generally include both the sales and sales support staff familiar with the requirements for registering and financing a vehicle as well as a staff of parts experts and mechanics trained to provide repair and maintenance services for the vehicles. Specific industries have been included in this subsector to identify the type of vehicle being retailed.

North American Industry Classification System

The motor vehicle and parts dealers subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in motor vehicle and parts dealers. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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1,911.4 1,911.5 (P) 1,921.1 (P) 1,923.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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1,579.5 1,591.9 (P) 1,610.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

288,430

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

82,190

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

79,520

Parts salespersons

159,250

Retail salespersons

359,470

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for motor vehicle and parts dealers.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in motor vehicle and parts dealers.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$22.51 $22.39 $22.94 (P) $22.58

Average weekly hours

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37.8 38.0 37.6 (P) 37.6

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$18.86 $18.86 $19.09 (P) $18.84

Average weekly hours

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37.6 37.9 37.6 (P) 37.4

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

18.74 20.07 38,970 41,750

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

10.30 11.06 21,420 23,000

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

23.81 29.90 49,530 62,190

Parts salespersons

13.20 14.86 27,470 30,910

Retail salespersons

16.00 19.62 33,280 40,810

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in motor vehicle and parts dealers. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

48 44 44 44

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

3.8 3.9 3.8 3.6

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.8 1.9 1.7 1.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.2 1.4 1.1 1.1

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5 0.6 0.6 0.7

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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2015
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2015

Producer price index

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(P) 136.4 (P) 137.1 (P) 138.3 (P) 138.2

Percent change from previous month

(P) -0.5% (P) 0.5% (P) 0.9% (P) -0.1%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in motor vehicle and parts dealers. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2014
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2014
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2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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(P) 115,581 (P) 116,021 (P) 116,315 (P) 116,512

Local government

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State government

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Federal government

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(P) 47 (P) 46 (P) 45 (P) 45

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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91.538 92.529 95.091 101.894

Percent change from previous year

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4.9 1.1 2.8 7.2

Labor index, total labor hours

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85.578 89.871 94.103 95.650

Percent change from previous year

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0.4 5.0 4.7 1.6

Output index

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78.336 83.156 89.484 97.462

Percent change from previous year

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5.3 6.2 7.6 8.9

Unit labor costs index

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108.751 109.488 107.846 104.017

Percent change from previous year

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-1.7 0.7 -1.5 -3.6

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See automobile dealers in the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: July 31, 2015

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