Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

17-2112 Industrial Engineers

Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination. Exclude "Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors" (17-2111).

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)
184,900 1.2 % $32.61 $67,820 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.78 $25.49 $31.77 $39.20 $46.01
Annual Wage (2) $43,220 $53,020 $66,080 $81,540 $95,690

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 14,490 $31.35 $65,210
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 12,880 $32.95 $68,530
Electronic instrument manufacturing 10,320 $34.67 $72,110
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 9,630 $35.78 $74,420
Architectural and engineering services 9,260 $33.94 $70,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing 400 $39.89 $82,960
Lumber and const. supply merchant wholesalers 120 $38.77 $80,650
Scientific research and development services 7,120 $38.45 $79,970
ISPs and web search portals 270 $38.31 $79,680
Tobacco manufacturing 210 $37.97 $78,970

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
Michigan 18,860 $33.80 $70,300 0.436%
Connecticut 4,090 $33.40 $69,470 0.249%
South Carolina 4,280 $31.33 $65,170 0.239%
Ohio 12,090 $30.98 $64,430 0.227%
Indiana 5,890 $30.22 $62,860 0.205%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 240 $43.52 $90,520 0.039%
Alaska 40 $39.65 $82,460 0.014%
California 19,410 $37.73 $78,490 0.133%
Idaho 970 $35.76 $74,380 0.166%
Massachusetts 6,320 $35.50 $73,840 0.202%

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 5,110 $43.64 $90,780 0.599%
Wichita, KS MSA 1,640 $28.37 $59,010 0.593%
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 900 $38.70 $80,490 0.579%
Detroit, MI PMSA 11,530 $35.47 $73,770 0.579%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 730 $38.16 $79,370 0.474%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 5,110 $43.64 $90,780 0.599%
Lake Charles, LA MSA 70 $40.99 $85,260 0.088%
Anchorage, AK MSA 40 $39.88 $82,950 0.028%
Oakland, CA PMSA 1,660 $39.62 $82,420 0.165%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 280 $39.53 $82,220 0.118%

About November 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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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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