Hourly wages rising in aftermarket sector

The average hourly wage for non-supervisory employees in all six sectors of the United States aftermarket increased between 2000 and 2001, according to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) 2002/2003 Aftermarket Factbook. The largest increases were seen for workers in auto parts supply stores and automotive repairs shops.

The 56-page Factbook reports that the average hourly wage at auto supply stores rose 5.1% to $11.38 in 2001 from $10.83 in 2000. Wages at auto repair shops increased 4% in 2002. Average hourly wage at automotive repair shops in 2001 was $13.90/hour, up from $13.37 in 2000. Other highlights include:

  • Vehicle service repair, accounting for two-thirds of total automotive aftermarket sales, rose 6.3% to $123 billion.

  • Do-it-yourself sales climbed 2.2% in 2001.

  • The number of aftermarket industry mergers and acquisitions slowed and the value of the deals was less in 2001.

  • Windshield wiper blades were the strongest sellers in the aftermarket accessories category with a 9.8% increase.

  • A 6.2% rise in sales for the accident repair industry reflects statistics reporting more vehicles involved in accidents in 2001.

  • US motor vehicle parts and accessories exports declined by 7.2% to $50.2 billion.

  • Medium- and heavy-duty aftermarket product sales fell 1% to $60.9 billion.

  • Automotive chemicals and motor oil increased 6.8% to $9.9 billion, with appearance chemical sales growing 13.4%.

The four-color book's price is $75 for AAIA members, $150 for non-members. Discounts are available for multiple copies. To order, phone 301-654-6664 or access www.aftermarket.org.

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