Industries at a Glance

Support Activities for Transportation: NAICS 488

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About the Support Activities for Transportation subsector

The support activities for transportation subsector is part of the transportation and warehousing sector.

Industries in the Support Activities for Transportation subsector provide services which support transportation. These services may be provided to transportation carrier establishments or to the general public. This subsector includes a wide array of establishments, including air traffic control services, marine cargo handling, and motor vehicle towing.

North American Industry Classification System

The support activities for transportation subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in support activities for transportation. 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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2014
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2014
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2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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603.7 607.2 (P) 611.8 (P) 615.1

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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501.9 508.6 (P) 514.0

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

32,550

Cargo and freight agents

46,090

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

14,320

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

60,060

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

46,850

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for support activities for transportation.

(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 support activities for transportation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$23.69 $23.60 $23.62 (P) $23.57

Average weekly hours

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37.5 37.5 36.8 (P) 37.2

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2014
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2014

Average hourly earnings

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$21.17 $21.03 $21.20 (P) $21.35

Average weekly hours

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37.0 37.4 36.7 (P) 36.8

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

$24.26 $24.42 $50,450 $50,800

Cargo and freight agents

$19.77 $21.54 $41,120 $44,810

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

$15.38 $17.07 $31,980 $35,500

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

$13.82 $16.14 $28,740 $33,570

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

$15.81 $16.82 $32,880 $34,980

(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 support activities for transportation. 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 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

87 68 91 80

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

Total recordable cases

4.0 3.8 3.8 3.7

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

2.7 2.6 2.5 2.5

Cases involving days away from work

1.8 1.6 1.6 1.6

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.9 1.1 0.8 0.9

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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2014
Apr.
2014
May
2014
Jun.
2014

Producer price index

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(P) 118.2 (P) 118.1 (P) 118.4 (P) 118.7

Percent change from previous month

(P) 0.2% (P) -0.1% (P) 0.3% (P) 0.3%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in support activities for transportation.

Establishments

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2013
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2013
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2013

Number of establishments

Private industry

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(P) 42,324 (P) 42,415 (P) 42,743 (P) 42,861

Local government

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(P) 821 (P) 819 (P) 828 (P) 825

State government

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(P) 452 (P) 453 (P) 451 (P) 450

Federal government

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(P) 207 (P) 207 (P) 206 (P) 193

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

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Career Guide to Industries

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Data extracted on: July 31, 2014

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