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Salary, Wages, Pay: Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians and Mechanics




Median hourly earnings of mobile heavy equipment mechanics were$17.29 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $14.13 and $20.88. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $11.54, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $24.90. Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of mobile heavy equipment mechanics in 2002 were as follows:

Federal Government $19.44
Local government 18.03
Other specialty trade contractors 17.72
Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers 17.10
Commercial and industrial machinery and equipment rental and leasing 15.81

Median hourly earnings of farm equipment mechanics were $13.03 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.50 and $16.01. Thelowest 10 percent earned less than $8.73, and the highest 10 percentearned more than $18.86.

Median hourly earnings of railcar repairers were $18.78 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $15.65 and $21.18. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $12.07, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $23.76. In 2002, median hourly earnings were $19.72 in rail transportation, the industry employing the largest number of railcar repairers.

Many heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics are members of unions, including the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.