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Manufacturing, Jobs and Wages

The economy moves on clean diesel and the industry is responsible for generating employment opportunities for millions of Americans.

Diesel engines are the primary technology driving one out of every two sectors of the U.S. economy. Nearly 900,000 of the latest generation heavy-duty clean diesel engines are produced in 13 states across the country. The production of these engines and the maintenance of the technology sustain over 1.2 million well-paid jobs.

Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Production
Diesel technology is responsible for powering 15 sectors of the U.S. economy. Heavy-duty diesel engines power vehicles and equipment necessary to move commerce and people, cultivate crops and complete construction projects. In 2017, U.S. manufacturing facilities across 13 states are responsible for producing almost 900,000 heavy-duty clean diesel engines that power these vehicles and equipment.


These engines come with the latest innovations that reduce emissions to near-zero levels delivering emission reduction benefits to communities across the country. In many instances, these engines also reduce fuel use that save costs for vehicle and equipment owners. In 2017, one out of every three commercial vehicles is powered by the latest clean diesel engine and has contributed to reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen (a smog forming compound), fine particles while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines Provides Jobs at Good Wages

Producing and servicing diesel engines directly generates more than $183 billion in annual economic activity and provides 1.25 million jobs according to the most recent analysis. Workers in the diesel technology sector typically earn a wage 60 percent higher than the national average.  

In 2016, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers recently concluded that the production of diesel-powered equipment will offer many Americans a well paying job and benefit communities across the country. The manufacture of equipment provides 1.3 million jobs and $158 billion in economic value. In fact, the average wage in the industry exceeds the national average paying workers about $78,000 per year.

According to the Department of Labor, there are over 255,000 diesel engine mechanics across the country responsible for keeping these engines operating. 

The economy moves on clean diesel and the industry is responsible for generating employment opportunities for millions of Americans.  


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