Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

41-9031 Sales Engineers

Sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in engineering. Exclude "Engineers" (17-2011 through 17-2199) whose primary function is not marketing or sales.

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)
71,690 2.4 % $36.42 $75,740 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.92 $25.61 $33.95 $43.99 $56.37
Annual Wage (2) $41,430 $53,270 $70,620 $91,500 $117,260

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer systems design and related services 5,760 $44.02 $91,550
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 5,710 $38.50 $80,090
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 5,430 $37.97 $78,980
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 5,290 $31.57 $65,670
Electric goods merchant wholesalers 4,980 $35.05 $72,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Nondepository credit intermediation (7) $53.60 $111,480
ISPs and web search portals 750 $52.25 $108,680
Electronic shopping and mail-order houses 170 $51.43 $106,960
Nonresidential building construction 110 $50.80 $105,670
Software publishers 1,780 $46.38 $96,460

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
Connecticut 2,010 $36.89 $76,740 0.123%
Massachusetts 3,450 $40.74 $84,750 0.110%
Oregon 1,440 $38.43 $79,940 0.093%
Michigan 3,720 $34.78 $72,350 0.087%
North Carolina 3,010 $33.62 $69,920 0.081%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 11,790 $41.57 $86,470 0.081%
Utah 670 $40.80 $84,860 0.063%
Massachusetts 3,450 $40.74 $84,750 0.110%
Texas 6,220 $39.77 $82,720 0.067%
Colorado 1,110 $39.04 $81,190 0.053%

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 3,020 $46.72 $97,180 0.356%
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 410 $41.59 $86,500 0.208%
Hartford, CT MSA 1,170 $35.41 $73,650 0.195%
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC MSA 1,250 $34.21 $71,150 0.153%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 230 $36.31 $75,530 0.151%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Anniston, AL MSA (7) $55.17 $114,750 (7)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA 1,020 $48.52 $100,930 0.086%
Oakland, CA PMSA 770 $48.33 $100,530 0.077%
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL MSA 260 $47.65 $99,110 0.050%
San Jose, CA PMSA 3,020 $46.72 $97,180 0.356%

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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