How Short is the Auto Service Technician Shortage?
The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 749,900 people were working as automotive service technicians and mechanics in 2016 (266,000 or 36 percent are employed at new car dealerships).
What is the future outlook for auto mechanics?
Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for qualified jobseekers should be very good.
How much do certified mechanics make a year?
Bureau of Labor Statistics figures indicate that automotive technicians earned an average annual salary of $38,560 and an average hourly wage of $18.54 as of May 2011. Half of auto technicians reported annual salaries of between $26,850 and $47,540 and hourly wages of between $12.91 and $22.86.
How many auto mechanics are in the US?
More than half of the total job growth comes from auto repair (13,500 jobs), which is also the largest occupation category. There are nearly 1.5 million mechanic jobs in the U.S. and 800,000 of them (53%) are auto mechanics. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics added 4,000 jobs and aircraft mechanics added 2,400.
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