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Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations had employment of 5.7 million in May 2019

April 29, 2020

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations had employment of 5.7 million in May 2019, representing 3.9 percent of total U.S. employment. The largest installation, maintenance, and repair occupation was general maintenance and repair workers (1.4 million). Automotive service technicians and mechanics (655,330); first-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers (485,700); and industrial machinery mechanics (387,630) also were among the largest occupations in the group.

Employment and annual mean wages for installation, maintenance, and repair occupations, May 2019
Occupation Employment Annual mean wage

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

485,700 $70,550

Electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

208,480 58,560

Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers

98,260 42,070

Security and fire alarm systems installers

71,600 50,210

Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

58,930 60,360

Audiovisual equipment installers and repairers

25,590 42,130

Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

22,650 81,280

Avionics technicians

21,750 66,970

Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

15,890 46,620

Radio, cellular, and tower equipment installers and repairers

14,370 57,820

Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles

10,310 38,910

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment

9,790 63,670

Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

655,330 44,890

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

266,330 50,360

Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

147,800 54,840

Automotive body and related repairers

144,180 47,390

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

133,310 67,110

Tire repairers and changers

110,880 30,350

Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians

36,290 43,630

Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics

32,160 37,670

Rail car repairers

25,930 56,810

Motorboat mechanics and service technicians

22,940 43,440

Automotive glass installers and repairers

19,410 37,440

Motorcycle mechanics

15,590 39,970

Recreational vehicle service technicians

15,580 41,660

Bicycle repairers

13,190 31,360

Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

Maintenance and repair workers, general

1,418,990 41,960

Industrial machinery mechanics

387,630 55,320

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

342,040 51,420

Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other

161,290 43,800

Telecommunications line installers and repairers

120,900 59,670

Electrical power-line installers and repairers

111,660 71,960

Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers

99,460 32,570

Maintenance workers, machinery

72,890 49,450

Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

52,270 59,920


47,320 57,050

Medical equipment repairers

46,370 53,130

Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers

31,370 37,380

Home appliance repairers

31,100 42,400

Mechanical door repairers

23,050 43,740


23,000 52,420

Locksmiths and safe repairers

17,010 44,460

Precision instrument and equipment repairers, all other

10,570 59,940

Musical instrument repairers and tuners

8,020 39,750

Signal and track switch repairers

6,860 72,690

Wind turbine service technicians

5,960 56,700

Camera and photographic equipment repairers

3,620 40,720

Commercial divers

3,420 67,100

Manufactured building and mobile home installers

2,810 34,300

Watch and clock repairers

2,780 45,280

Refractory materials repairers, except brickmasons

820 55,750

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations had an annual mean wage of $50,130, slightly below the U.S. average of $53,490 for all occupations combined. The highest paying installation, maintenance, and repair occupations included powerhouse, substation, and relay electrical and electronics repairers ($81,280); signal and track switch repairers ($72,690); and electrical power-line installers and repairers ($71,960).

Installation, maintenance, and repair workers were employed in many different industries. Automotive repair and maintenance (454,220), building equipment contractors (437,470), real estate (352,350), and automobile dealers (315,630) were the industries with the highest employment of this occupational group.

These data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program. To learn more, see the occupational profiles for installation, maintenance, and repair occupations. Also see "Occupational Employment and Wages — May 2019."


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations had employment of 5.7 million in May 2019 at (visited May 20, 2024).

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