Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
177,940 1.6 % $21.70 $45,150 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.30 $16.51 $20.98 $26.11 $31.81
Annual Wage (2) $27,660 $34,340 $43,650 $54,300 $66,170

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. 21,220 $19.50 $40,560 1 97
Electronic instrument manufacturing 14,580 $20.21 $42,030 2 86
Architectural and engineering services 14,430 $21.93 $45,620 3 47
Wired telecommunications carriers 8,810 $23.05 $47,950 4 30
Federal government (OES designation) 8,600 $29.17 $60,670 5 4

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Office administrative services 170 $41.98 $87,320 70 1
Independent artists, writers, and performers 60 $34.88 $72,550 96 2
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 410 $30.62 $63,680 51 3
Federal government (OES designation) 8,600 $29.17 $60,670 5 4
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 2,030 $27.85 $57,920 21 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
New Mexico 2,160 $21.72 $45,180 0.294% 144
Massachusetts 6,810 $23.40 $48,680 0.215% 227
Idaho 1,070 $20.45 $42,530 0.189% 147
South Carolina 3,300 $21.63 $44,990 0.187% 144
Utah 1,930 $19.59 $40,750 0.185% 217

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 390 $28.56 $59,410 0.133% 86
District of Columbia 490 $24.49 $50,940 0.082% 179
California 26,670 $23.78 $49,470 0.184% 264
Hawaii 620 $23.70 $49,300 0.112% 138
Vermont 260 $23.62 $49,130 0.090% 111

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
San Jose, CA PMSA 6,580 $25.78 $53,610 0.750%
Las Cruces, NM MSA 390 $21.20 $44,090 0.679%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 720 $22.35 $46,500 0.579%
Nashua, NH PMSA 500 $21.50 $44,710 0.537%
State College, PA MSA 340 $13.47 $28,010 0.532%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Abilene, TX MSA 40 $32.29 $67,170 0.075%
Amarillo, TX MSA (6) $30.90 $64,280 (6)
Bremerton, WA PMSA 240 $29.89 $62,170 0.326%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 820 $28.84 $59,980 0.369%
Anchorage, AK MSA 270 $27.23 $56,650 0.196%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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