Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

17-2141 Mechanical Engineers

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of such equipment as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
203,620 1.9 % $31.33 $65,170 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.95 $24.42 $30.23 $37.52 $44.92
Annual Wage (2) $41,490 $50,800 $62,880 $78,040 $93,430

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Architectural and engineering services 34,010 $33.01 $68,670 1 30
Electronic instrument manufacturing 11,200 $32.33 $67,260 2 40
Federal government (OES designation) 9,320 $34.42 $71,590 3 17
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 8,910 $32.35 $67,300 4 39
Other general purpose machinery manufacturing 8,060 $27.64 $57,490 5 116

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Spectator sports 120 $56.97 $118,500 98 1
Other heavy construction 610 $42.83 $89,090 53 2
Tobacco manufacturing 30 $40.62 $84,480 144 3
Pipeline transportation of natural gas 220 $39.23 $81,590 78 4
Oil and gas extraction 120 $38.82 $80,750 104 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Michigan 15,710 $30.96 $64,400 0.360% 72
Connecticut 5,360 $30.97 $64,410 0.327% 94
Wisconsin 7,160 $28.59 $59,470 0.266% 62
New Hampshire 1,510 $29.52 $61,400 0.249% 60
Ohio 12,060 $28.69 $59,670 0.225% 79

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Mexico 780 $37.56 $78,130 0.107% 20
District of Columbia 700 $36.92 $76,800 0.118% 45
Delaware 500 $35.25 $73,320 0.125% 35
Alaska 270 $34.95 $72,700 0.094% 33
California 22,090 $34.93 $72,660 0.153% 69

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 1,370 $32.47 $67,540 0.859%
Sheboygan, WI MSA 410 $27.34 $56,870 0.706%
Huntsville, AL MSA 1,110 $33.30 $69,260 0.636%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 450 $32.13 $66,820 0.609%
Pittsfield, MA MSA 240 $29.85 $62,090 0.572%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tallahassee, FL MSA (6) $47.65 $99,110 (6)
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 760 $41.61 $86,540 0.115%
San Jose, CA PMSA 3,720 $39.58 $82,330 0.417%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 430 $38.82 $80,750 0.542%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 540 $38.37 $79,800 0.340%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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