Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

17-2141 Mechanical Engineers

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of such equipment as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

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)
232,660 1.6 % $38.74 $80,580 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.91 $29.43 $37.03 $46.51 $56.52
Annual Wage (2) $49,730 $61,220 $77,020 $96,740 $117,550


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
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 52,770 $40.95 $85,180
Scientific Research and Development Services 14,550 $43.07 $89,580
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 12,270 $40.09 $83,390
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 11,660 $41.09 $85,460
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,250 $44.02 $91,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Telecommunications 30 $45.75 $95,160
Spectator Sports 420 $44.76 $93,100
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,810 $44.71 $93,000
Software Publishers 120 $44.23 $91,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,250 $44.02 $91,560


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 Employment per thousand workers
Michigan 29,330 $40.52 $84,270 7.533
Connecticut 5,200 $38.11 $79,260 3.155
Indiana 7,290 $33.92 $70,550 2.616
Wisconsin 6,740 $33.47 $69,610 2.504
Ohio 12,340 $33.90 $70,510 2.423

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 350 $47.49 $98,790 1.125
District of Columbia 640 $47.14 $98,050 1.000
Colorado 4,640 $45.24 $94,100 2.079
New Mexico 1,090 $44.02 $91,560 1.360
Virginia 7,640 $43.34 $90,140 2.129


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 Employment per thousand workers
Columbus, IN 890 $34.88 $72,550 21.617
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 720 $34.86 $72,510 12.234
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 12,920 $42.81 $89,040 12.185
Ann Arbor, MI 1,460 $37.31 $77,610 7.659
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 980 $35.58 $74,010 7.293

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,870 $53.12 $110,490 1.684
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,810 $49.15 $102,240 4.281
Anchorage, AK 270 $48.80 $101,510 1.603
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,760 $48.33 $100,530 3.028
Denver-Aurora, CO 2,710 $46.78 $97,310 2.223


About May 2009 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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