Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

17-3027 Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, and test machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
47,010 2.4 % $21.22 $44,140 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.33 $16.43 $20.51 $25.48 $30.79
Annual Wage (2) $27,740 $34,160 $42,650 $53,010 $64,050

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural and engineering services 9,020 $21.29 $44,280
Electronic instrument manufacturing 3,240 $21.36 $44,430
Scientific research and development services 3,100 $21.52 $44,760
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 2,090 $21.08 $43,850
Employment services 2,000 $20.82 $43,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Postal service 120 $30.20 $62,810
Power generation and supply 430 $28.31 $58,880
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 30 $26.50 $55,120
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing 130 $25.47 $52,970
Soap, cleaning compound, and toiletry mfg. 30 $25.27 $52,550

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
Minnesota 2,470 $21.47 $44,660 0.095%
New Mexico 630 $23.83 $49,570 0.084%
South Carolina 1,270 $20.24 $42,090 0.072%
New Hampshire 420 $20.00 $41,610 0.069%
Ohio 3,560 $19.24 $40,020 0.067%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 890 $24.44 $50,830 0.035%
New Mexico 630 $23.83 $49,570 0.084%
Nevada 220 $23.53 $48,930 0.020%
Hawaii 60 $23.48 $48,840 0.011%
New Jersey 990 $23.17 $48,200 0.026%

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
Nashua, NH PMSA 220 $19.95 $41,490 0.235%
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,660 $24.30 $50,530 0.194%
Lima, OH MSA 90 $20.96 $43,610 0.124%
Dayton-Springfield, OH MSA 550 $18.11 $37,670 0.123%
York, PA MSA 200 $23.36 $48,580 0.121%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA (7) $32.00 $66,560 (7)
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 30 $28.72 $59,740 0.037%
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA 130 $27.96 $58,170 0.043%
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 140 $26.71 $55,560 0.021%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 150 $26.24 $54,570 0.016%

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

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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