Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupation Profiles


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.

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.

Distinct Occupational Types (by size):
Largest Employment Category—Maintenance and Repair Workers—1,332,480
Smallest Employment Category--Fabric Menders, Except Garment--550

Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 

Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

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.

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