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Motor Vehicle Electronics Installers

Motor vehicle electronics installers, install, diagnose and repair sound, communications, navigation and security equipment in motor vehicles. A lot of the installation work involves sound systems and new alarm systems. Motor vehicle electronics installers and repairers are dealing with an increasingly complicated range of electronic equipment including items such as satellite navigation equipment, DVD players, active security systems and passive security systems.

Some of the common job titles are car stereo installer, mobile electronics installation specialists, car audio installer, and electronic equipment installer.

Responsibilities

  • Splice wires and solder connections to equipment and fixtures
  • Construct wooded or fiberglass enclosures for sound components and install them
  • Install speaker and electrical cables
  • Talk to customers to determine the nature of malfunctions
  • Replace electric or electrical components
  • Record results of diagnostic tests
  • Diagnose or repair problems using electronic equipment

Job Characteristics

Motor vehicle electronics installation personnel typically work in well-lighted and well-ventilated repair shops. They should be detailed oriented, have good color perception and eyesight.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 5% employment growth rate for motor vehicle electronics installers and repairers from 2006 to 2016 which is slower than average for all occupations. Due to motor vehicle manufacturers installing more and better quality security, navigation, sound and entertainment systems in new vehicles employment growth is limited for after market vehicle electronics equipment installers.

The median hourly earnings for electronic installers and repairers of motor vehicles in 2006 was $13.57 per hour. The highest paid 10 percent earned over $23.45 per hour.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Depending on the complexity involved some employers may prefer applicants that have gained knowledge and skills from educational programs offered at community colleges and vocational schools in electronics or a related subject that take one to two years to complete. A professional certification may be helpful for getting a job. Various professional and educational organizations provide certification. Typically, candidates must pass an exam demonstrating their level of expertise.

Resources

Major Employers

The major job providing industries are motor vehicle and parts dealers, car stereo equipment sales and services firms and car alarm equipment sales and services firms.

Schools for Motor Vehicle Electronics Installers And Repairers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Motor Vehicle Electronics Installers and Repairers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Motor Vehicle Electronics Installers and Repairers jobs , as of 2015

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

     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 220 $25,860
Mesa 220 $25,860
Phoenix 220 $25,860
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 420 $30,430
Long Beach 420 $30,430
Los Angeles 420 $30,430
Carlsbad 300 $34,110
San Diego 300 $34,110
Hayward 250 $24,240
San Francisco 250 $24,240
Oakland 250 $24,240
Arden 40 $31,390
Sacramento 40 $31,390
Roseville 40 $31,390
Arcade 40 $31,390
Bakersfield N/A $20,510
Fresno N/A $23,780
Sunnyvale N/A $23,920
Santa Clara N/A $23,920
San Jose N/A $23,920
Ontario N/A $33,500
Riverside N/A $33,500
San Bernardino N/A $33,500
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Colorado Springs N/A $28,710
Lakewood N/A $31,260
Denver N/A $31,260
Aurora N/A $31,260
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 100 $29,440
West Hartford 100 $29,440
Hartford 100 $29,440
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Orlando 100 $36,950
Sanford 100 $36,950
Kissimmee 100 $36,950
St. Petersburg 70 $33,420
Clearwater 70 $33,420
Tampa 70 $33,420
Fort Lauderdale N/A $27,160
Miami N/A $27,160
West Palm Beach N/A $27,160
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 160 $29,000
Sandy Springs 160 $29,000
Atlanta 160 $29,000
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu N/A $24,590
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Goshen 800 $19,840
Elkhart 800 $19,840
Anderson 40 $29,510
Carmel 40 $29,510
Indianapolis 40 $29,510
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lafayette 50 $24,200
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson N/A $33,450
Columbia N/A $33,450
Baltimore N/A $33,450
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 110 $32,860
Warren 110 $32,860
Detroit 110 $32,860
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester N/A $36,690
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayetteville 90 $18,120
Raleigh 30 $35,000
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 40 $28,610
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 40 $34,990
Toledo N/A $37,830
Elyria N/A $38,620
Cleveland N/A $38,620
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa N/A $28,200
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 30 $33,800
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 160 $37,900
Carolina 160 $37,900
San Juan 160 $37,900
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia N/A $34,740
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 930 $30,920
Fort Worth 930 $30,920
Dallas 930 $30,920
Houston 380 $31,380
Sugar Land 380 $31,380
The Woodlands 380 $31,380
Killeen 190 N/A
Temple 190 N/A
College Station 70 $24,850
Bryan 70 $24,850
Austin 60 $30,070
Round Rock 60 $30,070
Amarillo N/A $30,730
Mission N/A $32,110
Edinburg N/A $32,110
McAllen N/A $32,110
New Braunfels N/A $33,880
San Antonio N/A $33,880
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 50 $31,380
Charlottesville N/A $37,110
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis N/A $29,580
Waukesha N/A $29,580
Milwaukee N/A $29,580
Appleton N/A $41,150

Most Popular Industries for :
Motor Vehicle Electronics Installers and Repairers

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
Applicance Stores 8,580 44% $25,910
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 5,920 30% $26,680
Maintenance And Repair 2,220 11% $32,520
Durable Goods Wholesale 1,710 8% $32,040
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 440 2% $33,810
Government 220 1% $53,820
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