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Support Activities for Transportation: NAICS 488

About the Support Activities for Transportation subsector

The support activities for transportation subsector is part of the transportation and warehousing sector.

Industries in the Support Activities for Transportation subsector provide services which support transportation. These services may be provided to transportation carrier establishments or to the general public. This subsector includes a wide array of establishments, including air traffic control services, marine cargo handling, and motor vehicle towing.

North American Industry Classification System

The support activities for transportation subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Support Activities for Air Transportation: NAICS 4881
  • Support Activities for Rail Transportation: NAICS 4882
  • Support Activities for Water Transportation: NAICS 4883
  • Support Activities for Road Transportation: NAICS 4884
  • Freight Transportation Arrangement: NAICS 4885
  • Other Support Activities for Transportation: NAICS 4889

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in support activities for transportation. 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)

711.0 715.3 (p)723.3 (p)724.5

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

583.5 587.9 (p)594.8  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

37,740

Cargo and freight agents

63,500

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

16,390

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

70,750

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

65,310

(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 support activities for transportation.

(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 support activities for transportation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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

Average hourly earnings

$29.11 $29.44 $29.41 (p)$29.78

Average weekly hours

39.4 38.7 38.3 (p)39.1

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

$25.36 $25.66 $25.92 (p)$26.21

Average weekly hours

38.7 38.2 38.1 (p)39.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

27.31 28.31 56,800 58,890

Cargo and freight agents

21.06 22.97 43,800 47,770

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

17.99 20.08 37,410 41,770

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

16.69 18.93 34,710 39,370

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

20.18 21.36 41,980 44,430

(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 support activities for transportation. 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

78 91 89 103

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

3.2

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

2.0

Cases involving days away from work

1.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.7

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.

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

Producer price index

(p)146.6 (p)145.7 (p)146.5 (p)152.5

Percent change from previous month

  (p)6.6% (p)-0.6% (p)0.5% (p)4.1%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in support activities for transportation.

Establishments

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

Number of establishments

Private industry

49,112 49,829 50,494 (p)50,879

Local government

848 846 846 (p)848

State government

387 388 388 (p)386

Federal government

160 160 160 (p)159

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: October 27, 2021