Numbers: Where in the U.S. are Most Women-Owned Shops?

Oct. 12, 2023
A breakdown by geographic region.

The average female shop owner in the 2023 Ratchet+Wrench Industry Survey Report is between the ages of 30 and 49 who became a shop owner in her 30s. She has approximately two decades of industry experience which most likely includes work as a service advisor or an administrative staff member—though nearly as many have entered without prior experience. Three-quarters are independent repair shop owners with an additional 20% running multishop operations. Most of their shops are between 5,000 and 9,999 square feet with 3-6 bays and lifts. They employ 5-8 team members.

Here’s where you’ll find their shops.

  • West: 40% 
  • South: 24% 
  • Midwest: 20% 
  • Northeast: 16% 

*Survey sample size: 411

About the Author

Chris Jones | Editor

Chris Jones is the editor of Ratchet+Wrench magazine and host of its companion podcast, Ratchet+Wrench Radio, a weekly show featuring automotive professionals across the auto care landscape.

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