Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2008

51-9082 Medical Appliance Technicians

Construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices, such as braces, artificial limbs, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.

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)
12,930 7.1 % $18.58 $38,640 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.44 $12.79 $16.57 $22.70 $30.65
Annual Wage (2) $21,720 $26,600 $34,460 $47,210 $63,750


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
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,220 $18.29 $38,050
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,440 $19.59 $40,750
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 570 $17.84 $37,100
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 500 $18.13 $37,700
Consumer Goods Rental 470 $15.06 $31,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Shoe Stores 40 $24.10 $50,120
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 40 $23.08 $48,000
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) $22.58 $46,970
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 $21.85 $45,440
Local Government (OES designation) 30 $21.83 $45,410


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
Utah 440 $13.49 $28,060 0.036%
Connecticut 590 $17.83 $37,080 0.035%
Arkansas 220 $14.14 $29,400 0.019%
Pennsylvania 1,020 $17.45 $36,290 0.018%
New Jersey 580 $20.74 $43,150 0.015%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Virginia 320 $24.01 $49,940 0.009%
Minnesota 70 $22.43 $46,650 0.003%
Michigan 500 $22.23 $46,240 0.012%
Nevada 50 $21.81 $45,370 0.004%
Massachusetts 380 $21.78 $45,310 0.012%


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
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 270 $17.63 $36,670 0.062%
Peoria, IL 90 $17.12 $35,620 0.049%
Salt Lake City, UT 270 $13.41 $27,900 0.043%
Charlottesville, VA 40 $14.88 $30,940 0.041%
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 540 $15.62 $32,480 0.035%

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) $32.42 $67,440 (8)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) $27.92 $58,070 (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) $27.34 $56,870 (8)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 170 $26.09 $54,270 0.015%
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 130 $24.74 $51,450 0.008%


About May 2008 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:

May 2008 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 04, 2009

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