Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

17-2072 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

Research, design, develop, and test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use utilizing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls. Exclude "Computer Hardware Engineers" (17-2061).

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)
135,560 2.6 % $37.24 $77,450 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.62 $28.98 $36.43 $44.65 $53.94
Annual Wage (2) $49,120 $60,280 $75,770 $92,870 $112,200

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 18,940 $40.97 $85,220
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 16,580 $37.67 $78,350
Wired telecommunications carriers 16,150 $33.58 $69,840
Architectural and engineering services 12,120 $39.22 $81,590
Electronic instrument manufacturing 9,950 $36.59 $76,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Office administrative services 100 $48.06 $99,970
Specialized design services 90 $46.26 $96,210
Scientific research and development services 7,880 $43.30 $90,060
Other financial investment activities 410 $41.66 $86,650
Employment services 830 $41.27 $85,830

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
New Mexico 1,940 $40.58 $84,400 0.257%
Colorado 5,090 $39.06 $81,250 0.241%
Arizona 5,430 $34.41 $71,580 0.235%
Rhode Island 1,100 $40.91 $85,100 0.229%
Maryland 4,670 $39.74 $82,650 0.190%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 1,050 $45.32 $94,270 0.174%
New Jersey 5,040 $42.75 $88,920 0.130%
Rhode Island 1,100 $40.91 $85,100 0.229%
Massachusetts 4,400 $40.71 $84,670 0.141%
California 26,700 $40.69 $84,630 0.184%

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 8,170 $42.88 $89,200 0.962%
Huntsville, AL MSA 1,210 $38.68 $80,450 0.660%
Colorado Springs, CO MSA 1,470 $39.41 $81,980 0.618%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 870 $44.60 $92,770 0.572%
Las Cruces, NM MSA 320 $36.13 $75,150 0.536%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 160 $47.89 $99,620 0.179%
Cedar Rapids, IA MSA 100 $46.54 $96,800 0.086%
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 1,220 $45.91 $95,490 0.306%
Atlantic-Cape May, NJ PMSA 200 $45.71 $95,070 0.107%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 650 $44.81 $93,200 0.068%

About May 2004 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.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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