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Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers: NAICS 441

About the Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers subsector

The motor vehicle and parts dealers subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers subsector retail motor vehicles and parts from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector typically operate from a showroom and/or an open lot where the vehicles are on display. The display of vehicles and the related parts require little by way of display equipment. The personnel generally include both the sales and sales support staff familiar with the requirements for registering and financing a vehicle as well as a staff of parts experts and mechanics trained to provide repair and maintenance services for the vehicles. Specific industries have been included in this subsector to identify the type of vehicle being retailed.

North American Industry Classification System

The motor vehicle and parts dealers subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Automobile Dealers: NAICS 4411
  • Other Motor Vehicle Dealers: NAICS 4412
  • Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores: NAICS 4413

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in motor vehicle and parts dealers. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,981.1 1,978.7 (p)1,982.5 (p)1,985.3

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

1,654.9 1,652.9 (p)1,652.2  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

289,900

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

85,340

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

91,580

Parts salespersons

180,330

Retail salespersons

327,520

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for motor vehicle and parts dealers.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in motor vehicle and parts dealers.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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May
2021
Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$30.01 $30.09 $30.06 (p)$30.14

Average weekly hours

37.6 36.9 37.1 (p)37.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
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May
2021
Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$24.71 $24.76 $24.76 (p)$24.41

Average weekly hours

37.6 37.1 36.8 (p)37.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

21.91 23.12 45,570 48,080

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

13.19 13.73 27,440 28,560

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

24.78 30.24 51,550 62,900

Parts salespersons

14.59 16.40 30,350 34,110

Retail salespersons

15.89 20.86 33,050 43,390

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in motor vehicle and parts dealers. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

42 54 68 58

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2019

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

3.0

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.6

Cases involving days away from work

1.0

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.6

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Producer price index

(p)178.3 (p)185.3 (p)187.3 (p)189.6

Percent change from previous month

  (p)-0.9% (p)3.9% (p)1.1% (p)1.2%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in motor vehicle and parts dealers. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020
1st quarter
2021

Number of establishments

Private industry

117,399 118,105 118,794 (p)119,075

Local government

       

State government

       

Federal government

40 40 40 (p)40

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2017 2018 2019 2020

Labor productivity index, output per hour

114.687 116.384 116.973 125.103

Percent change from previous year

3.2 1.5 0.5 7.0

Labor index, total labor hours

105.260 104.954 106.259 98.229

Percent change from previous year

1.0 -0.3 1.2 -7.6

Output index

120.720 122.149 124.294 122.888

Percent change from previous year

4.2 1.2 1.8 -1.1

Unit labor costs index

103.643 105.453 108.043 109.789

Percent change from previous year

-1.9 1.7 2.5 1.6

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: October 22, 2021