Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
689,630 0.9 % $16.19 $33,680 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.42 $10.98 $15.18 $20.30 $25.75
Annual Wage (2) $17,510 $22,850 $31,570 $42,220 $53,550

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Automotive repair and maintenance 239,660 $14.27 $29,690
Automobile dealers 226,880 $18.84 $39,180
Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores 58,240 $13.68 $28,460
Gasoline stations 28,690 $14.84 $30,860
Local government (OES designation) 20,990 $18.73 $38,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motor vehicle manufacturing 4,510 $25.46 $52,960
Spectator sports 3,150 $25.06 $52,120
Scientific research and development services 240 $24.86 $51,710
Wired telecommunications carriers 1,150 $24.80 $51,590
Natural gas distribution 590 $23.91 $49,740

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
Delaware 4,150 $21.14 $43,980 1.028%
North Dakota 2,290 $14.10 $29,330 0.728%
New Hampshire 3,970 $16.77 $34,880 0.653%
Arizona 14,850 $16.30 $33,890 0.653%
Montana 2,540 $14.70 $30,580 0.643%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 1,510 $21.28 $44,260 0.519%
Delaware 4,150 $21.14 $43,980 1.028%
Nevada 4,820 $18.24 $37,940 0.444%
New Jersey 19,200 $18.05 $37,540 0.495%
California 72,890 $17.87 $37,160 0.504%

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
Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH MSA 630 $11.03 $22,940 0.970%
Ocala, FL MSA 800 $14.52 $30,200 0.941%
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 1,780 $15.49 $32,210 0.938%
Fitchburg-Leominster, MA PMSA 480 $16.05 $33,380 0.936%
Brockton, MA PMSA 870 $16.34 $33,990 0.887%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 3,690 $22.95 $47,750 0.383%
San Jose, CA PMSA 3,820 $21.90 $45,550 0.447%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 450 $21.13 $43,940 0.596%
Ann Arbor, MI PMSA 1,130 $21.00 $43,680 0.408%
Danbury, CT PMSA 600 $20.96 $43,590 0.669%

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

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.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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