Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006

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)
131,880 1.9 % $39.82 $82,820 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.03 $30.98 $38.97 $47.90 $57.64
Annual Wage (2) $52,050 $64,440 $81,050 $99,630 $119,900

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 17,600 $40.71 $84,680
Federal Executive Branch (OES designation) 16,760 $42.65 $88,720
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 12,960 $35.66 $74,170
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,630 $41.26 $85,820
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 9,460 $39.47 $82,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Sound Recording Industries (8) $50.34 $104,710
Scientific Research and Development Services 8,620 $46.14 $95,970
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,420 $44.63 $92,820
Specialized Design Services 220 $43.80 $91,110
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 3,040 $43.62 $90,720

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New Mexico 2,190 $42.66 $88,730 0.277%
Colorado 4,850 $40.09 $83,390 0.220%
Rhode Island 1,030 $44.45 $92,450 0.213%
California 27,970 $44.91 $93,410 0.186%
Virginia 6,000 $41.14 $85,580 0.166%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 690 $47.37 $98,520 0.113%
New Hampshire 890 $45.29 $94,190 0.142%
New Jersey 5,390 $45.17 $93,960 0.136%
California 27,970 $44.91 $93,410 0.186%
Rhode Island 1,030 $44.45 $92,450 0.213%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Warner Robins, GA 840 $33.73 $70,170 1.562%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,760 $49.05 $102,020 0.983%
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 640 $38.80 $80,710 0.538%
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 710 $47.31 $98,410 0.536%
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 1,470 $44.89 $93,360 0.483%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,760 $49.05 $102,020 0.983%
Edison, NJ Metropolitan Division 2,090 $47.84 $99,500 0.210%
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 710 $47.31 $98,410 0.536%
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 890 $46.69 $97,120 0.092%
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,900 $45.89 $95,450 0.299%

About May 2006 National, State, Metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2006 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

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Last Modified Date: December 6, 2007

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