Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
260,380 1.1 % $23.08 $48,000 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.61 $17.74 $22.29 $27.94 $33.59
Annual Wage (2) $30,400 $36,900 $46,360 $58,110 $69,870


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Truck Transportation 52,760 3.64 $21.06 $43,800
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 24,800 0.46 $26.42 $54,960
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 23,650 2.57 $22.01 $45,790
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 21,140 6.34 $23.39 $48,650
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing 12,640 6.02 $22.65 $47,110

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Transit Systems 3,200 6.82 $24.35 $50,640
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 21,140 6.34 $23.39 $48,650
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing 12,640 6.02 $22.65 $47,110
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 1,050 5.94 $25.21 $52,430
Charter Bus Industry 1,630 5.43 $22.23 $46,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 360 0.32 $41.06 $85,410
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $37.78 $78,580
Scheduled Air Transportation 950 0.22 $34.54 $71,840
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,830 0.47 $32.16 $66,900
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $31.62 $65,770


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 27,410 2.30 1.26 $22.38 $46,560
California 20,220 1.21 0.66 $26.47 $55,050
New York 13,740 1.49 0.82 $26.42 $54,950
Pennsylvania 12,440 2.15 1.18 $21.48 $44,680
Florida 11,360 1.35 0.74 $22.19 $46,150




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 1,010 3.78 2.07 $25.19 $52,400
North Dakota 1,460 3.50 1.92 $24.97 $51,940
Arkansas 3,410 2.84 1.56 $19.45 $40,450
West Virginia 1,930 2.80 1.53 $18.46 $38,390
Iowa 4,160 2.71 1.48 $20.44 $42,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 820 2.57 1.41 $31.45 $65,410
Hawaii 870 1.37 0.75 $28.50 $59,280
District of Columbia 90 0.12 0.07 $27.85 $57,930
Massachusetts 4,890 1.39 0.76 $27.67 $57,550
Connecticut 2,160 1.31 0.72 $27.39 $56,970



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,750 1.46 0.80 $28.05 $58,350
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,180 2.45 1.34 $23.94 $49,790
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,790 1.31 0.72 $28.14 $58,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,760 1.91 1.05 $23.26 $48,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,400 0.99 0.54 $27.91 $58,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,200 1.60 0.88 $23.20 $48,260
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 3,700 2.58 1.41 $24.86 $51,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,410 1.76 0.97 $25.42 $52,880
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,220 1.63 0.89 $21.92 $45,580
Pittsburgh, PA 2,870 2.53 1.38 $20.72 $43,100


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Laredo, TX 530 5.41 2.96 $21.39 $44,490
Odessa, TX 370 5.36 2.94 $25.70 $53,450
Midland, TX 470 5.36 2.93 $25.33 $52,680
Kankakee, IL 230 5.33 2.92 $22.56 $46,920
Amarillo, TX 570 4.97 2.72 $21.11 $43,910
Harrisonburg, VA 310 4.92 2.69 $22.48 $46,770
Farmington, NM 240 4.86 2.66 $20.62 $42,890
Casper, WY 180 4.70 2.57 $23.50 $48,880
Dothan, AL 250 4.49 2.46 $22.21 $46,200
Joplin, MO 350 4.48 2.45 $19.18 $39,890