Pay for mechanics increased in 2021 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to $47,990. In 2020, auto mechanics earned, on average, $46,760 per year. This increase in wages is great news for anyone who is looking to become a mechanic.
Location Employment Data for Mechanics
States with the most mechanics:
States with the most mechanics are highly populated, meaning that there are many cars in these states. Cars, of course, always need repairs, meaning that many mechanics are needed in these states and busy metro areas.
- California - 60,910 employed
- Texas - 49,810 employed
- Florida - 45,010 employed
- Pennsylvania - 29,620 employed
Metro areas with the most mechanics:
- New York/Newark/Jersey City, NY/NJ/PA - 23,780 employed
- Chicago/Naperville/Elgin, IL/IN/WI - 20,470 employed
- Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim, CA - 17,540 employed
- Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Roswell, GA - 13,280 employed
Top Salary Location Data for Mechanics
States with the highest pay for mechanics:
States and city areas with the highest pay for mechanics can often be areas that tend to be more costly to live in. Additionally, these may be areas where mechanics are in high demand.
Metro areas with the highest pay for mechanics:
- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA - $62,810
- Fairbanks, AK - $62,690
- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - $61,350
- Anchorage, AK - $59,010
Top Industries for Mechanic Employment
- Automobile Dealers - 242,480 employed
- Automotive Repair and Maintenance - 222,970 employed
- Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores - 50,290 employed
Top Paying Industries for Mechanics
- Natural Gas Distribution - $82,110
- Telecommunications - $78,900
- Scientific Research and Development Services - $76,010
Career Outlook for Mechanics
The job market for mechanics is expected to remain steady in the next 10 years. Despite the growth of electric vehicles, there are millions of gasoline powered vehicles that will continue to be on the road well into the future.
Mechanics are also necessary for airplanes, trucks, buses, and other motor vehicles that are used every day. There will also be other types of vehicles that use new non-gasoline engines that will need repairs in the future, giving mechanics predicted job security.
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