Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

17-3024 Electro-Mechanical Technicians

Operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.

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)
16,890 4.1 % $21.12 $43,930 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.68 $16.29 $20.28 $25.40 $30.92
Annual Wage (2) $28,460 $33,890 $42,180 $52,840 $64,310

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Electronic instrument manufacturing 2,440 $20.15 $41,910
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 1,730 $19.96 $41,510
Architectural and engineering services 1,050 $21.58 $44,890
Communications equipment manufacturing 1,040 $19.32 $40,190
Scientific research and development services 860 $26.30 $54,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 140 $29.23 $60,800
Scientific research and development services 860 $26.30 $54,700
Management of companies and enterprises (7) $25.50 $53,050
Power generation and supply 670 $25.30 $52,630
Computer systems design and related services 80 $24.48 $50,930

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 980 $24.92 $51,830 0.130%
Maine 270 $22.60 $47,000 0.045%
Massachusetts 1,350 $20.98 $43,640 0.043%
Wisconsin 790 $23.06 $47,970 0.029%
Vermont 60 $19.33 $40,210 0.020%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 100 $27.84 $57,920 0.004%
New Mexico 980 $24.92 $51,830 0.130%
Illinois 940 $23.16 $48,170 0.016%
Wisconsin 790 $23.06 $47,970 0.029%
Texas 1,250 $22.95 $47,730 0.013%

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
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 230 $19.65 $40,880 0.188%
Albuquerque, NM MSA 480 $22.01 $45,790 0.138%
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 110 $20.96 $43,600 0.071%
Danbury, CT PMSA 60 $20.79 $43,250 0.066%
San Jose, CA PMSA 510 $24.52 $51,000 0.060%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 60 $25.44 $52,910 0.032%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 90 $25.42 $52,880 0.009%
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC MSA 110 $25.04 $52,090 0.013%
Chicago, IL PMSA 580 $24.98 $51,960 0.015%
Austin-San Marcos, TX MSA 170 $24.82 $51,620 0.026%

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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