Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles. Exclude "Automotive Body and Related Repairers" (49-3021), "Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists" (49-3031), and "Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles" (49-2096).

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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)
690,780 0.8 % $16.02 $33,320 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.29 $10.79 $14.97 $20.13 $25.54
Annual Wage (2) $17,240 $22,430 $31,130 $41,860 $53,120

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
Automotive repair and maintenance 241,150 $14.03 $29,170 1 129
Automobile dealers 227,240 $18.76 $39,030 2 27
Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores 57,920 $13.79 $28,690 3 133
Gasoline stations 29,200 $14.29 $29,720 4 119
Local government (OES designation) 20,970 $18.71 $38,910 5 28

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Motor vehicle manufacturing 4,360 $25.35 $52,730 11 1
Spectator sports 2,350 $24.66 $51,300 15 2
Wired telecommunications carriers 1,170 $24.49 $50,940 26 3
Scientific research and development services 310 $24.00 $49,910 56 4
Natural gas distribution 700 $23.69 $49,280 32 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
Delaware 3,810 $20.70 $43,050 0.946% 182
North Dakota 2,270 $13.74 $28,580 0.723% 287
New Hampshire 4,250 $16.27 $33,850 0.703% 299
Vermont 1,910 $14.80 $30,780 0.658% 279
Arizona 14,830 $15.61 $32,470 0.656% 334

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 1,650 $20.92 $43,510 0.565% 224
Delaware 3,810 $20.70 $43,050 0.946% 182
District of Columbia (6) $19.21 $39,960 (6) 258
Colorado 10,730 $18.30 $38,060 0.508% 309
New Jersey 18,940 $18.15 $37,760 0.489% 385

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
Gainesville, FL MSA 960 $14.57 $30,300 1.004%
Ocala, FL MSA 810 $13.92 $28,960 0.973%
Billings, MT MSA 620 $13.67 $28,440 0.919%
Clarksville-Hopkinsville, TN-KY MSA 600 $14.25 $29,640 0.910%
Eau Claire, WI MSA 650 $13.52 $28,130 0.903%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 3,950 $22.04 $45,850 0.405%
Danbury, CT PMSA 550 $22.03 $45,810 0.618%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 470 $20.89 $43,440 0.638%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 700 $20.39 $42,420 0.452%
San Jose, CA PMSA 3,640 $19.91 $41,410 0.415%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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