Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
222,940 1.1 % $20.63 $42,910 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.74 $16.02 $20.02 $24.74 $29.61
Annual Wage (2) $26,490 $33,310 $41,640 $51,450 $61,590


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Freight Trucking 29,770 3.32 $18.77 $39,040
Local Government (OES Designation) 20,300 0.37 $23.57 $49,030
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 18,780 2.32 $19.15 $39,840
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 17,080 5.45 $20.55 $42,740
Specialized Freight Trucking 13,180 3.35 $18.35 $38,160

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Transit Systems 2,510 5.87 $21.24 $44,180
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing 9,540 5.81 $20.50 $42,630
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 970 5.54 $21.16 $44,010
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 17,080 5.45 $20.55 $42,740
Charter Bus Industry 1,220 3.92 $19.21 $39,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 40 0.10 $42.84 $89,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 (7) $32.39 $67,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $31.40 $65,310
Scheduled Air Transportation 580 0.14 $29.10 $60,540
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 4,220 0.88 $28.92 $60,150


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 18,590 1.80 1.04 $18.92 $39,350
California 17,490 1.25 0.72 $23.36 $48,590
New York 11,230 1.33 0.77 $23.45 $48,770
Pennsylvania 9,430 1.70 0.98 $19.85 $41,300
Ohio 9,310 1.87 1.08 $20.06 $41,720




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 1,690 6.20 3.57 $26.15 $54,400
North Dakota 1,370 3.70 2.13 $20.56 $42,770
Maine 1,740 3.02 1.74 $18.46 $38,390
South Dakota 1,110 2.84 1.63 $18.37 $38,210
Indiana 7,630 2.77 1.59 $19.49 $40,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 800 2.56 1.47 $27.64 $57,490
Hawaii 680 1.18 0.68 $26.86 $55,860
Wyoming 1,690 6.20 3.57 $26.15 $54,400
Nevada 1,420 1.28 0.74 $25.60 $53,240
District of Columbia 70 0.12 0.07 $24.56 $51,080





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,840 1.15 0.66 $26.52 $55,160
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,060 1.98 1.14 $19.82 $41,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,360 1.14 0.66 $25.29 $52,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,880 1.08 0.62 $23.13 $48,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,720 1.82 1.05 $20.01 $41,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,520 1.58 0.91 $21.95 $45,650
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,260 2.38 1.37 $25.36 $52,740
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,030 1.78 1.03 $21.08 $43,850
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 2,970 2.60 1.49 $21.68 $45,100
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 2,730 3.15 1.82 $19.77 $41,120