Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul trucks, buses, and all types of diesel engines. Include mechanics working primarily with automobile diesel engines.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
254,470 1.3 % $17.01 $35,380 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.66 $13.13 $16.53 $20.54 $24.61
Annual Wage (2) $22,160 $27,310 $34,380 $42,730 $51,180

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
General freight trucking 32,080 $15.82 $32,910 1 94
Local government (OES designation) 21,370 $19.46 $40,480 2 16
Automotive repair and maintenance 19,660 $15.82 $32,900 3 95
Motor vehicle and parts merchant wholesalers 17,720 $16.94 $35,240 4 58
Elementary and secondary schools 15,750 $15.47 $32,180 5 109

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Natural gas distribution 250 $26.15 $54,400 76 1
Power generation and supply 2,360 $25.00 $51,990 20 2
Couriers 6,260 $24.56 $51,090 10 3
Foundries 70 $23.17 $48,200 121 4
Motor vehicle manufacturing 1,280 $22.73 $47,280 30 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Wyoming 970 $16.52 $34,350 0.404% 194
Arkansas 3,740 $13.80 $28,710 0.334% 294
Utah 3,240 $15.87 $33,010 0.310% 289
South Dakota 970 $13.96 $29,030 0.266% 234
Oregon 4,130 $17.63 $36,670 0.266% 279

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Hawaii 840 $22.26 $46,310 0.153% 162
Alaska 740 $22.02 $45,790 0.258% 177
Washington 5,950 $19.94 $41,480 0.232% 305
Massachusetts 3,340 $19.76 $41,090 0.104% 294
New York 14,230 $19.71 $40,990 0.172% 311

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Casper, WY MSA 310 $17.05 $35,470 0.960%
Albany, GA MSA 390 $14.18 $29,480 0.700%
Green Bay, WI MSA 700 $17.21 $35,800 0.496%
Springfield, MO MSA 770 $15.31 $31,840 0.474%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR MSA 760 $13.51 $28,100 0.471%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Honolulu, HI MSA 690 $23.02 $47,880 0.172%
New York, NY PMSA 5,410 $22.92 $47,660 0.135%
Anchorage, AK MSA 360 $22.79 $47,400 0.263%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA (6) $22.71 $47,230 (6)
San Francisco, CA PMSA 720 $22.19 $46,160 0.072%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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