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Automobile Mechanics (AM) or Auto Mechanics, also known as Automobile Technicians (AT), inspect, repair and maintain automobiles and other vehicles that are powered by gasoline (including diesel), electricity, or alternative fuels such as ethanol. Auto Mechanics and Technicians are responsible for identifying and repairing problems with cars and trucks and doing repairs and preventive maintenance to insure the customer's vehicle is in good condition and running smoothly and safely.

The job duties of an automobile mechanic have changed significantly in the past few decades as car and truck engines have become increasingly more sophisticated and run by complex electrical and computer systems. As a reflection of these changing job duties, workers who service automobiles are now usually called technicians rather than mechanics. Because of the evolution of this profession, auto mechanic schools play a critical role in training a future mechanic and preparing them for a successful career.

Job Duties

An automobile technician must have a combination of skills that allow them to do traditional tune-ups and maintenance using hand tools to keep a car running efficiently and also more complex repair projects that involve electrical components and computer controlled systems.

All automobiles require routine maintenance at scheduled intervals recommended by the manufacturer. While performing routine service on a vehicle a technician will test all engine components and features using computerized diagnostic systems. Technicians will use the maintenance schedule provided by the automobile maker as a checklist to ensure that they have inspected all parts that could cause a car to breakdown. Repair or replacement of parts that are not functioning properly would be performed as part of this inspection. Parts that might be looked at during this routine maintenance include brake systems, belts, plugs, hoses, and fluids such as oil and anti-freeze.

When a customer is experiencing a mechanical problem with their automobile the technician will get a description of the problem from the car owner or in a larger dealership or repair shop from a customer service advisor who spoke directly to the customer. As most automobile owners are not skilled in performing maintenance and repairs on their own vehicle they might have difficulty providing a clear, accurate description of the problem they are experiencing. Automobile technicians work closely with the customer to ask questions about the problem the customer is experiencing and then take a diagnostic approach to repairing the vehicle.

An auto mechanic will usually follow these steps in inspecting and repairing a vehicle:

  • Perform diagnostics on all computer systems and electrical components to ensure they are functioning properly
  • Test drive the vehicle
  • Use computerized testing devices to check operating systems of the vehicle
  • Review the manufacturers technical manuals/bulletins and software packages for deviations to the benchmarks and standards set by the manufacturer
  • Make accurate estimates of the time required to repair vehicle and the cost of replacement/new parts
  • Perform needed repairs according to manufacturers specifications and industry standards

Job Characteristics

Auto Mechanics can choose to work in a small repair shop where they would perform a combination of maintenance and repair work, from tune-ups and oil changes to repairing electrical and computer systems, replacing brake systems, and repairing heating and cooling systems. In larger repair shops or automobile dealer service centers, automobile technicians often become specialized in one type of repair such as a transmission specialist or air-conditioning repairer. A transmission technician repairs or rebuilds the gears, hydraulic pumps and other parts of the transmission. This requires experience and extensive knowledge of computer systems and the ability to solve complex electrical and hydraulic problems.

An air-conditioning repair technician is responsible for installing and repairing the systems that keep the driver and their passengers cool in warm weather. In addition to knowledge of computer systems as is required to be a successful transmission technician, the air-conditioning technician must also be knowledgeable about state and federal regulations that pertain to the use and disposal of chemicals and refrigerants used when repairing an air-conditioning system as these materials can pose a hazard to the environment and the physical health of the technician.

To successfully service or maintain a vehicle automobile technicians use a variety of tools as part of their daily work. They use power and electrical tools such as welding equipment to repair exhaust systems, jacks to lift a vehicle and machine tools to rebuild brakes. They also use more traditional hand tools that many people have in their homes such as wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers.

Computers have become a common tool in almost all modern repair shops or dealership service centers. These high-tech systems are needed as most systems in an automobile such as steering, brakes, or transmission are now controlled by computers. Many cars also contain sophisticated entertainment systems such as DVD and CD players, global positioning systems or onboard assistance/concierge services that might contain Internet capabilities so technicians will be expected to become more knowledgeable and comfortable repairing these computer-driven systems.

While most auto mechanics work indoors in well-ventilated areas their work is still physically demanding as they are often in awkward positions and cramped spaces to access hard-to-reach areas of the car's engine or other systems. Technicians are often subjected to ongoing noise due to the tools/equipment being used. Mechanics must also pay close attention to their personal safety and that of their co-workers as well as customers who might be in the repair area due to the oil, grease, and other chemicals needed to maintain and repair the vehicles.

These materials might cause a physical reaction in people who are sensitive to smells and odors and also present a danger of falls if the materials leak and cause the ground to become slippery. Minor bruises or cuts are also common but with proper safety procedures most technicians avoid more serious incidents. Technicians must be physically strong and able to lift heavy parts and supplies which are found in most cars.

When first entering the automobile technician profession as an apprentice most mechanics must purchase a variety of hand-tools including wrenches, screwdrivers, etc. Their employer will provide them with the computers and diagnostic tools required for the automobiles they are servicing. Mechanics who work on foreign cars or cars with hybrid engines require more specialized tools that often cost thousands of dollars.

An individual in the automotive technician profession should possess most of the following skills and attributes:

Auto Mechanic Schools, Training and Certification

As automotive technology is changing rapidly and becoming more sophisticated most employers require that people interested in working as an automotive mechanic or technician complete a formal training program from an auto mechanic school. These auto mechanic training programs provide preparation through hands-on experience working on vehicles combined with classroom instruction.

Many high schools provide this vocational training. If this program is not available to a candidate at their local or regional high school they can enroll in a postsecondary vocational school or local community college that offers auto mechanic courses. The training programs vary in length from six months to a year depending on the number of hours spent on the program weekly. High schools that provide this course of study will award students a high school diploma as well as a certificate. Community college programs will usually award an associate degree or a certificate. Postsecondary vocational auto mechanic schools also award an associate degree or certificate of program completion.

Some larger high schools participate in Automotive Youth Education Service (AYES) which is a partnership between high schools that offer automotive repair programs, manufacturers, and car dealers. Students who complete this program will be able to enter entry-level technician positions at a repair shop or car dealership and enhance their skills on the job. Some auto mechanics choose to learn the trade by assisting family members or other experienced workers.

Recent graduates of a high school or post-secondary mechanic program usually start their careers as trainee mechanics or mechanics' helpers and practice their skills by working beside and learning from more experienced technicians. Usually within a few months auto mechanic trainees may begin to perform routine service duties and simple repairs on their own. Mechanics should expect to spend 2 to 5 years working in a repair shop or dealership service center before becoming a fully qualified service technician.

To become proficient in a complex specialty such as air-conditioning or transmission repair might require another year or two of training or on the job experience. On-going training including classes at manufacturers facilities to learn new technologies is common and technicians are expected to keep up with ever-changing systems through reading and on-the-job practice.

ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification is offered from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and has become a standard credential for auto mechanics. Certification programs are available in 8 specialized areas of automotive service and repair including brake systems, heating and air-conditioning and engine repair. To be certified in each area a technician must have a minimum of 2 years of practical experience and pass the exam/test. Completing a recognized auto mechanic training program in high school or post-secondary college may be substituted for 1 year of on-the-job experience. To receive a Master Automobile Technician designation a technician must be certified in all eight specialties.

According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of jobs for auto mechanics is projected to grow at a faster than average rate for all occupations over the next decade. Many skilled technicians are expected to retire and demand is expected to increase for technicians by 14% between 2006 and 2016 compared to 10% for all occupations. As the number of cars in operation increases due to the continued growth in the population eligible to drive as well as the complexity of these cars operating systems the demand for skilled automobile technicians will grow.

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Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Automotive Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Automotive Mechanics jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 2240 $44,400
Hoover 2240 $44,400
Huntsville 830 $32,480
Montgomery 620 $42,460
Mobile 600 $39,310
Daphne 350 $34,680
Foley 350 $34,680
Fairhope 350 $34,680
Tuscaloosa 340 $40,270
Dothan 330 $32,050
Auburn 290 $39,820
Opelika 290 $39,820
Decatur 230 $31,140
Muscle Shoals 180 $33,510
Florence 180 $33,510
Oxford 170 $38,230
Jacksonville 170 $38,230
Anniston 170 $38,230
Gadsden 150 $30,370
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 1000 $48,390
Fairbanks 240 $57,580
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 9140 $39,110
Mesa 9140 $39,110
Phoenix 9140 $39,110
Tucson 1720 $33,220
Prescott 390 $37,330
Flagstaff 330 $30,200
Lake Havasu City 330 $37,360
Kingman 330 $37,360
Yuma 280 $28,150
Douglas 220 $40,570
Sierra Vista 220 $40,570
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 1500 $34,030
North Little Rock 1500 $34,030
Little Rock 1500 $34,030
Jonesboro 180 $24,770
Pine Bluff 150 $26,340
Hot Springs 140 $36,660
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 19870 $37,640
Anaheim 19870 $37,640
Long Beach 19870 $37,640
Hayward 7870 $50,450
San Francisco 7870 $50,450
Oakland 7870 $50,450
San Bernardino 7030 $39,330
Riverside 7030 $39,330
Ontario 7030 $39,330
Carlsbad 5530 $39,360
San Diego 5530 $39,360
Arden 3970 $42,960
Arcade 3970 $42,960
Roseville 3970 $42,960
Sacramento 3970 $42,960
San Jose 3010 $51,500
Sunnyvale 3010 $51,500
Santa Clara 3010 $51,500
Fresno 1580 $34,680
Oxnard 1480 $37,190
Thousand Oaks 1480 $37,190
Ventura 1480 $37,190
Bakersfield 1180 $43,030
Santa Rosa 1100 $47,420
Stockton 800 $40,110
Lodi 800 $40,110
Salinas 690 $43,870
Vallejo 680 $38,180
Fairfield 680 $38,180
Santa Barbara 650 $38,960
Santa Maria 650 $38,960
Porterville 630 $33,620
Visalia 630 $33,620
Arroyo Grande 610 $43,080
Paso Robles 610 $43,080
San Luis Obispo 610 $43,080
Modesto 570 $41,540
Redding 460 $41,110
Chico 410 $38,430
Santa Cruz 380 $48,150
Watsonville 380 $48,150
Merced 340 $34,470
El Centro 280 $36,570
Yuba City 200 $40,140
Napa 180 $48,370
Madera 170 $45,890
Hanford 150 $33,240
Corcoran 150 $33,240
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 6360 $39,060
Lakewood 6360 $39,060
Denver 6360 $39,060
Colorado Springs 1580 $45,160
Fort Collins 780 $43,980
Boulder 670 $49,340
Greeley 600 $41,060
Grand Junction 370 $48,450
Pueblo 330 $33,450
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 3090 $40,160
East Hartford 3090 $40,160
West Hartford 3090 $40,160
Bridgeport 2100 $45,880
Norwalk 2100 $45,880
Stamford 2100 $45,880
New Haven 1210 $41,360
Waterbury 510 $46,530
Danbury 490 $45,540
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 430 $38,220
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 12460 $37,400
Miami 12460 $37,400
West Palm Beach 12460 $37,400
Clearwater 6670 $36,450
Tampa 6670 $36,450
St. Petersburg 6670 $36,450
Sanford 5010 $36,140
Orlando 5010 $36,140
Kissimmee 5010 $36,140
Jacksonville 3700 $36,560
North Port 1660 $36,300
Bradenton 1660 $36,300
Sarasota 1660 $36,300
Cape Coral 1620 $36,030
Fort Myers 1620 $36,030
Winter Haven 1430 $32,630
Lakeland 1430 $32,630
Titusville 1380 $32,640
Palm Bay 1380 $32,640
Melbourne 1380 $32,640
Deltona 1090 $32,940
Daytona Beach 1090 $32,940
Ormond Beach 1090 $32,940
Ferry Pass 1010 $34,290
Pensacola 1010 $34,290
Brent 1010 $34,290
Port St. Lucie 890 $35,700
Tallahassee 770 $30,720
Ocala 740 $37,340
Panama City 690 $31,720
Crestview 660 $34,630
Fort Walton Beach 660 $34,630
Destin 660 $34,630
Marco Island 650 $43,270
Naples 650 $43,270
Immokalee 650 $43,270
Gainesville 520 $37,710
Punta Gorda 440 $34,950
Sebastian 310 $34,420
Vero Beach 310 $34,420
Homosassa Springs 280 $35,510
Sebring 190 $33,760
The Villages 80 $44,210
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 12920 $36,580
Sandy Springs 12920 $36,580
Atlanta 12920 $36,580
Savannah 1010 $41,980
Dalton 560 $25,690
Macon 460 $28,470
Albany 440 $32,260
Gainesville 430 $28,890
Valdosta 380 $25,520
Athens 380 $34,600
Clarke County 380 $34,600
Warner Robins 350 $34,060
Brunswick 240 $35,570
Rome 230 $34,190
Hinesville 80 $36,430
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 2100 $43,700
Lahaina 330 $36,490
Wailuku 330 $36,490
Kahului 330 $36,490
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 1330 $38,510
Idaho Falls 310 $38,460
Coeur d'Alene 280 $42,240
Pocatello 220 $31,270
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 790 $35,010
Peoria 730 $33,410
Springfield 580 $41,600
Urbana 470 $36,840
Champaign 470 $36,840
Bloomington 440 $37,020
Marion 340 $35,180
Carbondale 340 $35,180
Kankakee 320 $38,550
Decatur 310 $32,740
Danville 160 $25,520
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 4200 $43,860
Carmel 4200 $43,860
Indianapolis 4200 $43,860
Fort Wayne 1080 $36,320
Elkhart 430 $34,570
Goshen 430 $34,570
Terre Haute 340 $30,720
Lafayette 310 $37,080
West Lafayette 310 $37,080
Bloomington 270 $36,320
Muncie 230 $28,740
La Porte 190 $29,100
Michigan City 190 $29,100
Kokomo 180 $25,800
Columbus 100 $34,410
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 1800 $42,730
Des Moines 1800 $42,730
Cedar Rapids 800 $36,860
Cedar Falls 400 $31,570
Waterloo 400 $31,570
Iowa City 310 $37,640
Dubuque 300 $38,500
Ames 240 $39,820
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 1240 $39,210
Topeka 430 $37,460
Manhattan 180 $26,780
Lawrence 170 $25,240
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 930 $33,600
Lexington 930 $33,600
Fort Knox 390 $34,170
Elizabethtown 390 $34,170
Bowling Green 270 $31,960
Owensboro 240 $31,490
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 2020 $37,640
Metairie 2020 $37,640
Baton Rouge 1440 $40,300
Lafayette 850 $35,410
Bossier City 700 $34,250
Shreveport 700 $34,250
Lake Charles 400 $32,210
Thibodaux 400 $33,900
Houma 400 $33,900
Alexandria 320 $33,330
Monroe 280 $25,680
Hammond 230 $35,790
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 1140 $42,610
Portland 1140 $42,610
Bangor 420 $32,450
Auburn 320 $32,760
Lewiston 320 $32,760
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 5980 $42,560
Towson 5980 $42,560
Columbia 5980 $42,560
Lexington Park 110 $45,160
California 110 $45,160
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 520 $44,270
Leominster 290 $34,760
Gardner 290 $34,760
Pittsfield 260 $45,520
New Bedford 240 $35,870
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 9280 $39,260
Detroit 9280 $39,260
Dearborn 9280 $39,260
Grand Rapids 2780 $38,680
Wyoming 2780 $38,680
Ann Arbor 960 $57,400
Flint 830 $30,920
East Lansing 810 $42,920
Lansing 810 $42,920
Kalamazoo 720 $35,060
Portage 720 $35,060
Saginaw 560 $30,880
Muskegon 440 $26,760
Niles 330 $40,160
Benton Harbor 330 $40,160
Battle Creek 280 $31,860
Jackson 230 $35,080
Monroe 190 $31,410
Midland 160 $28,050
Bay City 130 $36,290
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 660 $34,150
Rochester 360 $42,920
North Mankato 220 $43,540
Mankato 220 $43,540
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 1850 $30,430
Gulfport 650 $32,370
Pascagoula 650 $32,370
Biloxi 650 $32,370
Hattiesburg 420 $27,670
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 1620 $33,660
Columbia 570 $34,150
Joplin 530 $34,370
Jefferson City 340 $36,920
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 620 $39,350
Missoula 310 $30,800
Great Falls 190 $36,240
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 610 $40,010
Grand Island 170 $36,390
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 3600 $36,460
Henderson 3600 $36,460
Las Vegas 3600 $36,460
Reno 1280 $38,170
Carson City 250 $42,760
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 580 $43,900
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 660 $48,550
Atlantic City 440 $52,150
Hammonton 440 $52,150
Ocean City 280 $44,900
Bridgeton 230 $39,500
Vineland 230 $39,500
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 1910 $38,220
Farmington 440 $36,860
Las Cruces 420 $30,170
Santa Fe 350 $39,340
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 2920 $30,180
Buffalo 2920 $30,180
Cheektowaga 2920 $30,180
Rochester 2640 $36,770
Albany 2000 $41,230
Schenectady 2000 $41,230
Troy 2000 $41,230
Syracuse 1710 $34,310
Utica 660 $37,280
Rome 660 $37,280
Binghamton 620 $34,170
Kingston 500 $39,040
Glens Falls 420 $32,620
Watertown 310 $36,000
Fort Drum 310 $36,000
Elmira 290 $28,080
Ithaca 190 $34,790
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 2690 $40,100
Greensboro 1660 $38,150
High Point 1660 $38,150
Salem 1270 $34,820
Winston 1270 $34,820
Chapel Hill 1140 $36,800
Durham 1140 $36,800
Asheville 1050 $35,600
Fayetteville 980 $31,990
Wilmington 610 $40,490
Lenoir 600 $31,520
Hickory 600 $31,520
Morganton 600 $31,520
Burlington 530 $34,400
Greenville 400 $35,610
Jacksonville 380 $39,540
Rocky Mount 360 $29,260
Goldsboro 320 $29,670
New Bern 180 $39,310
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 350 $38,730
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 4640 $37,300
Cleveland 4640 $37,300
Columbus 3890 $38,830
Dayton 1710 $35,670
Toledo 1590 $36,830
Akron 1470 $35,220
Canton 820 $30,390
Massillon 820 $30,390
Springfield 300 $34,080
Mansfield 300 $37,280
Lima 260 $34,760
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 2780 $39,630
Tulsa 2110 $35,860
Lawton 250 $33,270
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 620 $38,790
Salem 520 $38,150
Medford 350 $36,100
Redmond 330 $40,330
Bend 330 $40,330
Albany 220 $30,000
Corvallis 130 $38,690
Grants Pass 110 $36,680
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 6680 $33,690
Carlisle 1740 $34,570
Harrisburg 1740 $34,570
Wilkes 1660 $32,850
Scranton 1660 $32,850
Barre 1660 $32,850
Hazleton 1660 $32,850
Lancaster 1610 $38,500
Hanover 1140 $39,360
York 1140 $39,360
Reading 930 $40,540
Erie 790 $29,530
Altoona 450 $32,680
East Stroudsburg 420 $34,350
Williamsport 400 $31,600
Lebanon 400 $35,710
Chambersburg 390 $35,800
Waynesboro 390 $35,800
Johnstown 370 $28,390
State College 270 $37,590
Gettysburg 220 $35,500
Bloomsburg 150 $25,010
Berwick 150 $25,010
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 2250 $18,800
Caguas 2250 $18,800
San Juan 2250 $18,800
Ponce 290 $18,530
Isabela 190 $17,880
Aguadilla 190 $17,880
Mayag�ez 160 $19,260
Arecibo 90 $18,200
San Germ�n 50 $18,250
Guayama 30 $19,570
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 1950 $31,230
Mauldin 1950 $31,230
Greenville 1950 $31,230
Charleston 1670 $40,160
North Charleston 1670 $40,160
Columbia 1650 $37,420
Spartanburg 600 $35,180
Florence 560 $26,610
Bluffton 400 $35,070
Beaufort 400 $35,070
Hilton Head Island 400 $35,070
Sumter 160 $30,400
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 570 $38,830
Rapid City 320 $34,160
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 4160 $46,480
Franklin 4160 $46,480
Davidson 4160 $46,480
Nashville 4160 $46,480
Knoxville 1620 $33,430
Johnson City 340 $37,610
Jackson 320 $33,190
Morristown 230 $30,030
Cleveland 210 $36,620
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 11660 $40,580
Dallas 11660 $40,580
Arlington 11660 $40,580
The Woodlands 11280 $40,820
Sugar Land 11280 $40,820
Houston 11280 $40,820
San Antonio 3720 $38,800
New Braunfels 3720 $38,800
Round Rock 3530 $39,190
Austin 3530 $39,190
El Paso 1460 $32,440
Mission 1160 $28,360
Edinburg 1160 $28,360
McAllen 1160 $28,360
Beaumont 920 $44,430
Port Arthur 920 $44,430
Lubbock 780 $41,520
Corpus Christi 710 $31,010
College Station 570 $38,350
Bryan 570 $38,350
Waco 490 $39,630
Longview 480 $37,530
Tyler 470 $37,170
Amarillo 470 $40,350
Harlingen 430 $23,970
Brownsville 430 $23,970
Wichita Falls 420 $33,830
Odessa 410 $37,690
Laredo 400 $30,770
Midland 380 $52,150
Abilene 360 $39,860
Denison 300 $35,140
Sherman 300 $35,140
San Angelo 280 $38,890
Victoria 210 $34,750
Killeen N/A $36,620
Temple N/A $36,620
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 3050 $37,920
Clearfield 1380 $47,230
Ogden 1380 $47,230
Provo 1000 $35,330
Orem 1000 $35,330
St. George 330 $36,610
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 610 $35,270
Burlington 610 $35,270
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 3660 $42,520
Roanoke 860 $32,290
Lynchburg 490 $36,410
Blacksburg 480 $33,340
Radford 480 $33,340
Christiansburg 480 $33,340
Charlottesville 410 $38,770
Waynesboro 290 N/A
Staunton 290 N/A
Harrisonburg 280 $40,230
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 6890 $44,720
Tacoma 6890 $44,720
Bellevue 6890 $44,720
Spokane 920 $44,100
Spokane Valley 920 $44,100
Richland 470 $43,420
Kennewick 470 $43,420
Yakima 420 $41,010
Tumwater 410 $37,210
Olympia 410 $37,210
Bremerton 400 $47,660
Silverdale 400 $47,660
Bellingham 290 $44,080
Mount Vernon 230 $46,220
Anacortes 230 $46,220
Wenatchee 200 $35,650
Longview 140 $37,520
Walla Walla 80 $41,760
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 720 $31,450
Vienna 420 $27,190
Parkersburg 420 $27,190
Morgantown 360 $27,530
Beckley 350 $27,600
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 3280 $39,570
West Allis 3280 $39,570
Milwaukee 3280 $39,570
Madison 1530 $36,940
Green Bay 660 $39,120
Racine 460 $37,010
Appleton 440 $37,610
Eau Claire 390 $38,050
Beloit 360 $35,150
Janesville 360 $35,150
Neenah 320 $36,970
Oshkosh 320 $36,970
Sheboygan 320 $37,250
Wausau 320 $40,210
Fond du Lac 250 $34,690
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 270 $36,850
Casper 230 $41,510

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Automotive Mechanics

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 274,110 43% $38,550
Maintenance And Repair 238,610 38% $31,770
Government 27,440 4% $42,020
Gas Stations 21,800 3% $31,660
Durable Goods Wholesale 14,280 2% $32,600
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