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Occupation Snapshot | Automotive service technicians and mechanics, 2015-2019 | August 2021


Background

Automotive service technicians and mechanics diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

As of May 2019, there were 655,330 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $21.58 and the average annual wage was $44,890.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses

In private industry for this occupation, there were 9,460 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 166.8.



Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics, automotive service technicians and mechanics, private industry, 2019
Case characteristic[1]Number of cases

Nature of injury or illness

Sprains, strains, tears

2,290

Soreness, pain

2,250

All other natures

1,890

Cuts, lacerations

1,380

Fractures

760

Part of body affected

Hand

1,900

Back

1,400

Shoulder

1,050

Eye

960

Knee

650

Source of injury or illness

Parts and materials

2,990

Vehicles

1,620

Worker motion or position

1,210

All other sources

1,090

Handtools

860

Event or exposure leading to injury or illness

Struck by object or equipment

2,200

Overexertion in lifting or lowering

790

Struck against object or equipment

640

Fall on same level

580

Fall to lower level

550

[1] Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, Source, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Fatal occupational injuries

Fatal work injuries totaled 60 for automotive service technicians and mechanics during 2019, compared to 58 during 2018.


Sources

Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.

 

Last Modified Date: August 5, 2021