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Technician Employment and Wages
Notes: Tech Demand index based on data for vehicle registrations, miles traveled, vehicle sales, average vehicle age and vehicle quality. Tech Supply index is a roll-up of BLS data series including non-management service employment at new car dealers (NAICS 44111 factored by NADA
reported tech employment ratio); used car dealers (extrapolated from SIC 551 minus new car dearler techs from NAICS 44111 factored extract); gas stations
(NAICS 447 factored by OES estimated technician percent); and automotive repair shops (SIC 753 from CPS / filtered by OES production employment subset).
The Index of demand for technicians was re-based this year from 1980 with a new base year of 1997.
Sources: Auto Care Association & M-Visions Insights, LLC/ 2018
Acronyms: BLS= Bureau of Labor Statistics / CES=Current Employment Study / CPS=Current Population Survey /NADA=National Automobile Dealers Association /
OES=Occupational Employment Statistics
Maintenance and repair technicians keep the American fleet rolling and, in turn, directly impact nearly everyone in the auto care
industry. Automotive technician employment in 2017 totaled more than 896,500 men and women at general repair shops, vehicle
dealerships and gasoline service stations. This is up 0.9 percent from 888,500 in 2016.
Despite consolidation among service-providing businesses, the demand for technicians grew at a 9-year compounded annual
growth rate (CAGR) of 1.2 percent since 2008 while the supply grew at only a 0.8 percent CAGR during the same period which
supports the industry observation that there is an increasing shortage of professional technicians.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics
projects automotive technicians’
employment to grow six
percent annually through 2026
(*). The increased number of
vehicles in operation, reflecting
continued growth in the number
of multi-car families, will drive
this growth.
Technicians’ average hourly
wages were higher this year
than last, rising 3.1 percent from
$17 .27 in 2016 to $17.81 in 2017.
(*) Source: Employment Projections
program, U.S. Department of Labor,
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Title: Employment by industry, occupation,
and percent distribution, 2016 and
projected 2026 49-3023 Automotive
service technicians and mechanics.
Technician’s Wages
(Hourly Wage Progression and % Change from Previous Year $2
$5
$8
$11
$14
$17
$20
Hourly Tech Wage
2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
-1%
1%
3%
5%
7%
9%
11%
% Change from PY
$15.37
$15.70 $15.99
$16.13 $16.16 $16.27 $16.13 $16.62 $16.86
$17.27
$17.81
Hourly Tech Wage % Change from PY
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
http://www.bls.gov/oes/2009/may/oes493023.htm http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493023.htm
Technician Employment: Number of and Demand for Technicians
Thousands of Technicians 82
84
86
88
90
92
94
96
98
100
Demand for Techs
2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997
700
750
800
850
900
950
1,000
Number of Techs
2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Demand for Technicians
(Left Axis)
Number of Technicians
(Right Axis)
Demand for Technicians
Index of Demand for Technicians
Number of Technicians
0.8 percent CAGR
1.2 percent CAGR
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