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Distinct Groups (52): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes490000.htm
Employment: 5,456,640
Mean Hourly Wage: $22.45
Mean Annual Wage: $$46,690
Largest Employment Category--Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics—647,380
Smallest Employment Category--Fabric Menders, Except Garment--550
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here

The Installation, Maintenance, and Repair occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 52 distinct occupational job types.

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site. 

Of these 52 job types, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

Bicycle Repairers Rapid Growth  Video
Commercial Divers Rapid Growth  Video
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers Rapid Growth  Video
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers Rapid Growth  Video
Helpers - Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers Rapid Growth  Video
Maintenance and Repair Workers Numerous Job Openings  Video
Mechanical Door Repairers Rapid Growth  Video
Millwrights  Rapid Growth  Video
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics Rapid Growth  Video
Riggers Rapid Growth  Video
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers Rapid Growth  Video
Wind Turbine Service Technicians Rapid Growth  Video

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 5,456,640 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $46,690.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Installation, Maintenance, and Repair group’s mean hourly wage of $22.44, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $46,690. 

Did you know? The metropolitan area with the highest concentration of jobs in this occupation is Warner Robins, GA (72.54 per 1,000 jobs). 

Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 

Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members) Annual Mean Wage 
1.    Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay (23,060) $74,540
2.    Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers (117,670) $67,160
3.    First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers (453,330) $66,730
4.    Signal and Track Switch Repairers (8,680) $62,710
5.    Avionics Technicians (17,330) $61,390
6.    Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians (128,570) $61,190
7.    Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment (13,960) $59,840
8.    Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment (67,390) $56,990
9.    Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other (11,640) $56,570
10.  Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door (45,740) $56,180
11.  Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers (100,080) $54,700
12.  Telecommunications Equipment Installers & Repairers, Except Line Installers (228,430) $54,520
13.  Wind Turbine Service Technicians (4,580) $54,360
14.  Commercial Divers (3,370) $53,990
15.  Millwrights (39,670) $53,950
16.  Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers (14,120) $53,620
17.  Rail Car Repairers (22,090) $53,590
18.  Industrial Machinery Mechanics (334,490) $51,890
19.  Medical Equipment Repairers (43,370) $50,910
20.  Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines (123,570) $50,810
21.  Riggers (21,020) $49,030
22.  Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (294,730) $48,320
23.  Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons (1,540) $47,000
24.  Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists (254,280) $46,710
25.  Maintenance Workers, Machinery (89,630) $46,000
26.  Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers (67,700) $45,660
27.  Automotive Body and Related Repairers (143,940) $45,180
28.  Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers (17,050) $44,720
29.  Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers (3,760) $43,920
30.  Locksmiths and Safe Repairers (18,640) $42,180
31.  Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other (146,460) $41,810
32.  Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics (647,380) $41,400
33.  Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians (20,260) $40,860
34.  Mechanical Door Repairers (19,840) $40,420
35.  Home Appliance Repairers (33,480) $40,390
36.  Watch Repairers (1,620) $39,720
37.  Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers (102,170) $39,410
38.  Maintenance and Repair Workers, General (1,332,480) $39,360
39.  Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers (25,550) $39,340
40.  Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians (35,110) $39,310
41.  Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians (13,520) $38,040
42.  Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners (7,980) $37,690
43.  Motorcycle Mechanics (16,000) $37,040
44.  Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers (18,610) $36,140
45.  Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics (33,020) $35,320
46.  Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers (33,600) $34,860
47.  Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles (11,750) $34,200
48.  Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers (3,200) $31,030
49.  Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers (118,720) $29,370
50.  Bicycle Repairers (12,560) $28,520
51.  Fabric Menders, Except Garment (550) $27,670
52.  Tire Repairers and Changers (109,350) $27,150


What's Hot

What’s Hot: The Installation, Maintenance, and Repair group is a magnet for high-paying electricity-oriented positions, including the top spot Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay with a MAW at $74,540 and the runner-up Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers ($67,160. Also, interestingly Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers at $54,520 dropped from the fifth-highest to #12 on the list. 

What’s Not: The Tire Repairers and Changers (at $27,150) continue to run a little low on air and notwithstanding the global magnitude of the Tour de France, Bicycle Repairers ($28,520) could perhaps use some 'Tour de Finance.'

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here

GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career: According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Installation, Maintenance, and Repair occupational group are:

California (509,340 workers)
Texas (500,330)
Florida (346,580)
New York (299,020)
Pennsylvania (228,010)

States with the highest concentration of jobs are:

Wyoming (62.96 per 1,000 jobs)
North Dakota (54.10)
West Virginia (52.80)
Alaska (51.94)
Louisiana (51.05)

The top paying States for this occupation are below.  The Midwest finds itself shut out of this list.

Alaska ($60,290 annual mean wage)
Wyoming ($54,490)
District of Columbia ($54,440)
Massachusetts ($53,610)
Hawaii ($53,250)