Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers
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Repair, maintain, or install electric motors, wiring, or switches.
Titles for this career often contain these words
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Education
Only 6% of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by electric motor, power tool, and related repairers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer electric motor, power tool, and related repairers have bachelor's degrees than 82% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers, with 17,200 workers, form a smaller workforce than 77% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers are expected to grow by 3%, and should have about 1,900 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
The likelihood of automation for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers is near the middle of all careers' likelihoods.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most electric motor, power tool, and related repairers earn.
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Gender
Women account for 5% of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers -- that's a smaller percentage than 86% of other jobs.
Gender of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For electric motor, power tool, and related repairers, the median men's salary was 44% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 17% of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers are minority, and 14% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (14%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (91%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (79%)
  • Time Pressure (75%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (66%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (65%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (51%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (50%)
  • Consequence of Error (40%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (38%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do electric motor, power tool, and related repairers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
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A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire electric motor, power tool, and related repairers.
Employers of Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers (ACS)
Private for-profit (74.7%)
Private not-for-profit (0.8%)
Local government (3.4%)
State government (1.2%)
Federal government (15.1%)
Self-employed incorporated (2.6%)
Self-employed not incorporated (2.1%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$47K$50K$34K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Federal governmentPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers and gender

With 5% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 86% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers
Men (95%)
Women (5%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers tops that, with the median salary for men 44% higher than the median salary for women.

$33K$48K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers have one of the more significant inequity issues, with the increase in men's median salary over women's median salary even higher than that for 94% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a smaller percentage of minority electric motor, power tool, and related repairers than for 65% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers
White (78% )
Black (9% )
Other (6% )
Asian (4% )
Multiracial (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers by nativity
$43K$48K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 5% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 77% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time electric motor, power tool, and related repairers is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), electric motor, power tool, and related repairers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as electric motor, power tool, and related repairers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers must understand electrical equipment and electronics. As a result, employers often prefer applicants who have taken courses in electronics at a community college or technical school. Courses usually cover AC and DC electronics, electronic devices, and microcontrollers. It is important for prospects to choose schools that include hands-on training in order to gain practical experience.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

While certification is not required, a number of organizations offer it, and it can be useful in getting a job. For example, the Electronics Technicians Association International (ETA International) offers more than 50 certification programs in numerous electronics specialties for various levels of competency. The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET) also offers certification for several levels of competence. The ISCET focuses on a broad range of topics, including basic electronics, electronic systems, and appliance service. To become certified, applicants must meet prerequisites and pass a comprehensive exam.

Education attained by electric motor, power tool, and related repairers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers? Below we see the distribution of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers salaries based on the education attained.

$37K$46K$47K$52K$52K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KNone (8%)High School (41%)Some College (31%)Associate's/Cert. (14%)Bachelor's Degree (6%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Switching Careers
The most common next careers for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

What jobs will most electric motor, power tool, and related repairers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related RepairersSmall engine mechanicsGeneral Maintenance and Repair WorkersLaborers and Freight, Stock, and By-Hand Material MoversEngineering Technologists and TechniciansAutomotive Service Technicians and MechanicsBus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine SpecialistsData Entry KeyersElectrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblersIndustrial and refractory machinery mechanicsSpecialized electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, andrepairersParts SalespersonsPrecision instrument and equipment repairersCustomer Service RepresentativesHome Appliance RepairersCashiersComputer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine RepairersHeavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanicsFirst-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, andGrounds-keeping WorkersElectrical Power-Line Installers and RepairersFirst-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction WorkersBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersSpecialized production workers, including computer-controlled tooloperatorsSurface mining machine operators, earth drillers, and explosives workersSheet Metal WorkersRetail Salespersons
Lateral job transitions for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 11 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as electric motor, power tool, and related repairers as well as 1% of respondents after working as electric motor, power tool, and related repairers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Prior and next careers for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as electric motor, power tool, and related repairers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of electric motor, power tool, and related repairers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most electric motor, power tool, and related repairers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as electric motor, power tool, and related repairers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where electric motor, power tool, and related repairers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for electric motor, power tool, and related repairers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
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BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which electric motor, power tool, and related repairers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?