Texas Automotive Industry

About Texas

Texas is home to several well-established automotive manufacturing companies, and has continued to grow in the recent years.

Further to the above, according to gov.texas.go:

  • Texas houses close to 2000 automaker facilities.
  • Texas has been ranked as No. 7 in the nation for automotive related manufacturing employment.
  • Over the recent years, Texas’s automotive exports have increased more than twofold from $9.2 billion in 2009 to over $18.5 billion in 2016.
  • Automotive manufacturing has seen a phenomenal 17% increase in the automotive manufacturing sector since 2014

Automotive Training/Certification in TX

Aspiring automobile students could complete their automotive training by successfully completing a certificate/diploma program or associate degree program offered by various accredited auto mechanic colleges, vocational schools, work commissions, etc in Texas. Basic automotive training programs might just take six months to one year, but most associate programs may take two or more years to complete in Texas. Automobile certificate/associate degree programs usually provide intensive career training via classroom coaching and hands-on training. Short-term certificate syllabus might just focus on a particular subject, such as engine maintenance, brake performance, etc.

Although most automobile Technicians may not require specialized individual licenses, it is advisable to check and find out about the current requirements.

Employment Overview in Texas

The automobile industry is projected to grow over the next several years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to Careeronestop.org, the state of Texas is projected to have 1,420 automotive body and related job openings, annually and 14,030 job openings by 2026.

Listed here are some of the interesting points relevant to the automotive industry employment seekers in Texas:

  • According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the state of Texas has approximately (below numbers reflect annual economic activity during 2017):
    • 1,180 new car dealerships
    • 219,875 total jobs (created by automobile dealerships) which includes 100,699 direct jobs and 119,176 indirect and induced jobs
    • 85 employees per automobile dealership on the average
    • $90.1 billion automobile company related sales
    • 9 % of total US new vehicle registration
    • Average age of vehicles is 10.4 years
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2017 statistics):
    • Texas was rated as the second top employing states for the Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics in the USA with 47,210 employees and their annual mean wage was $43,680.
    • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (with an annual mean pay of $47,280) and Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (with an annual mean pay of $42,560) were rated as having a high employment level of Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics in the United States of America.
    • The annual mean wage for the Automotive Body and Related Repairers was $42,820 in TX. However, the annual mean wage/pay for the Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics in Texas was higher ($43,680). The highest annual mean wage reported was for the Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage ($59,940) in TX.