Support Activities for Transportation: NAICS 488

About the Support Activities for Transportation subsector

The support activities for transportation subsector is part of the transportation and warehousing sector.

Industries in the Support Activities for Transportation subsector provide services which support transportation. These services may be provided to transportation carrier establishments or to the general public. This subsector includes a wide array of establishments, including air traffic control services, marine cargo handling, and motor vehicle towing.

North American Industry Classification System

The support activities for transportation subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Support Activities for Air Transportation: NAICS 4881
  • Support Activities for Rail Transportation: NAICS 4882
  • Support Activities for Water Transportation: NAICS 4883
  • Support Activities for Road Transportation: NAICS 4884
  • Freight Transportation Arrangement: NAICS 4885
  • Other Support Activities for Transportation: NAICS 4889

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in support activities for transportation. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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2016
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2016
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2016
Aug.
2016

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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649.4 648.5 (P) 650.2 (P) 649.1

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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537.8 541.7 (P) 541.0  

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

37,790

Cargo and freight agents

49,230

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

17,010

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

63,650

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

53,730

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for support activities for transportation.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in support activities for transportation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$23.96 $24.04 $24.08 (P) $24.15

Average weekly hours

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36.6 36.8 36.6 (P) 36.6

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2016
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Average hourly earnings

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$21.68 $21.48 $21.49 (P) $21.38

Average weekly hours

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36.0 36.2 36.1 (P) 35.9

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

24.93 25.72 51,860 53,490

Cargo and freight agents

20.05 21.79 41,700 45,330

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

15.91 18.16 33,090 37,780

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

13.90 16.52 28,920 34,360

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

16.97 18.12 35,300 37,700

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in support activities for transportation. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2011 2012 2013 2014

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

91 80 78 90

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2014

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

3.6

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.2

Cases involving days away from work

1.5

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.8

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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2016
Jun.
2016
Jul.
2016
Aug.
2016

Producer price index

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(P) 119.0 (P) 118.9 (P) 119.1 (P) 119.5

Percent change from previous month

  (P) 0.1% (P) -0.1% (P) 0.2% (P) 0.3%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in support activities for transportation.

Establishments

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2015
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2015
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2016

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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43,869 44,230 44,492 (P) 44,632

Local government

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832 831 830 (P) 828

State government

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395 392 390 (P) 397

Federal government

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178 179 179 (P) 187

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: September 20, 2016