Automotive service technicians and mechanics diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.
As of May 2020, there were 620,110 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $22.48, and the average annual wage was $46,760.
In private industry for automotive service technicians and mechanics, there were 9,940 nonfatal injury and illness cases involving days away from work in 2020. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 185.9.
|Case characteristic||Number of cases|
Nature of injury or illness
All other natures
Sprains, strains, tears
Part of body affected
Source of injury or illness
Parts and materials
All other sources
Worker motion or position
Event or exposure leading to injury or illness
Struck by object or equipment
Exposure to harmful substances or environments
Struck against object or equipment
Overexertion in lifting or lowering
Fall to lower level
 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 work injuries totaled 54 for automotive service technicians and mechanics during 2020, compared to 60 during 2019.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) 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 program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 11, 2022