Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

17-3023 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians

Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff in making engineering design decisions. Exclude "Broadcast Technicians" (27-4012).

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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)
194,960 2.0 % $21.26 $44,210 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.87 $16.23 $20.65 $25.58 $30.80
Annual Wage (2) $26,770 $33,760 $42,950 $53,200 $64,070

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
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 28,780 $19.57 $40,710 1 93
Architectural and engineering services 14,900 $21.53 $44,770 2 55
Electronic instrument manufacturing 14,510 $19.84 $41,280 3 86
Wired telecommunications carriers 10,990 $23.65 $49,200 4 20
Federal government (OES designation) 8,860 $28.03 $58,290 5 5

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Office administrative services 110 $41.25 $85,810 89 1
Independent artists, writers, and performers 40 $37.02 $76,990 124 2
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 90 $29.62 $61,620 100 3
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 350 $28.55 $59,390 58 4
Federal government (OES designation) 8,860 $28.03 $58,290 5 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
Arizona 7,980 $19.15 $39,840 0.355% 215
New Mexico 2,280 $21.43 $44,570 0.312% 129
Utah 2,230 $17.44 $36,280 0.214% 247
Massachusetts 6,340 $23.18 $48,210 0.198% 211
Colorado 4,180 $22.38 $46,560 0.196% 178

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 370 $27.10 $56,360 0.129% 95
District of Columbia 450 $23.86 $49,620 0.076% 174
Hawaii 560 $23.28 $48,410 0.102% 140
Massachusetts 6,340 $23.18 $48,210 0.198% 211
Vermont 260 $23.01 $47,860 0.089% 108

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
Las Cruces, NM MSA 420 $20.68 $43,000 0.724%
San Jose, CA PMSA 6,290 $25.08 $52,160 0.704%
State College, PA MSA 350 $13.17 $27,390 0.561%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 770 $24.33 $50,610 0.485%
Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA 1,150 $22.16 $46,100 0.473%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Amarillo, TX MSA 110 $27.53 $57,260 0.116%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 750 $27.32 $56,830 0.328%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 290 $26.47 $55,050 0.392%
Bloomington-Normal, IL MSA 40 $26.36 $54,830 0.048%
Galveston-Texas City, TX PMSA 80 $26.13 $54,360 0.092%

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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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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