Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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 equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
234,400 1.9 % $39.65 $82,480 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.30 $29.98 $37.58 $47.19 $57.44
Annual Wage (2) $50,550 $62,360 $78,160 $98,150 $119,480


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 50,350 3.94 $41.97 $87,300
Scientific Research and Development Services 15,280 2.49 $43.55 $90,590
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,710 0.58 $44.22 $91,970
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 11,370 2.37 $42.13 $87,630
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 11,090 2.75 $41.37 $86,040

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 4,480 5.03 $37.04 $77,050
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 50,350 3.94 $41.97 $87,300
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 3,820 3.91 $34.49 $71,730
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 8,060 3.61 $33.77 $70,230
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 5,510 3.56 $43.98 $91,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing (8) (8) $51.72 $107,580
Software Publishers 60 0.02 $49.87 $103,740
Oil and Gas Extraction 300 0.19 $49.01 $101,930
Spectator Sports 360 0.28 $47.57 $98,950
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $47.46 $98,720


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 30,260 8.06 4.37 $41.04 $85,360
California 22,000 1.57 0.85 $43.69 $90,860
Texas 16,170 1.60 0.87 $43.18 $89,810
Ohio 11,600 2.36 1.28 $34.94 $72,680
Pennsylvania 10,860 1.98 1.07 $37.12 $77,210




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 30,260 8.06 4.37 $41.04 $85,360
Connecticut 5,280 3.30 1.79 $38.63 $80,350
South Carolina 4,600 2.63 1.43 $38.91 $80,920
Indiana 6,980 2.56 1.39 $34.40 $71,540
Utah 2,810 2.44 1.33 $36.81 $76,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 360 1.18 0.64 $47.79 $99,400
District of Columbia 750 1.17 0.63 $46.30 $96,310
Virginia 7,220 2.05 1.11 $45.45 $94,530
Colorado 4,520 2.09 1.14 $44.24 $92,010
California 22,000 1.57 0.85 $43.69 $90,860

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 14,680 14.42 7.82 $43.34 $90,160
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,510 3.01 1.63 $47.98 $99,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,770 1.51 0.82 $42.32 $88,020
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,400 1.53 0.83 $38.44 $79,960
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,110 0.82 0.45 $40.44 $84,110
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,990 2.38 1.29 $38.23 $79,510
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,950 4.61 2.50 $50.18 $104,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,890 1.70 0.92 $54.22 $112,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,790 2.28 1.24 $42.22 $87,820
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,690 2.74 1.49 $43.34 $90,140




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 14,680 14.42 7.82 $43.34 $90,160
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 740 13.05 7.07 $35.67 $74,180
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 2,050 7.14 3.87 $40.81 $84,890
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 910 6.96 3.77 $36.41 $75,730
Huntsville, AL 1,340 6.63 3.59 $41.17 $85,620
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,230 6.47 3.51 $39.61 $82,380
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 500 6.29 3.41 $40.44 $84,120
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 580 6.04 3.28 $34.57 $71,910
Kokomo, IN 230 6.01 3.26 $40.63 $84,520
Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL 370 5.48 2.97 $43.59 $90,670




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho Falls, ID 40 0.81 0.44 $60.73 $126,320
Bloomington-Normal, IL (8) (8) (8) $56.14 $116,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,890 1.70 0.92 $54.22 $112,780
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,950 4.61 2.50 $50.18 $104,380
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 330 1.99 1.08 $49.63 $103,230
Anchorage, AK 270 1.62 0.88 $49.12 $102,170
Victoria, TX 70 1.43 0.77 $48.84 $101,580
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 630 3.12 1.69 $48.79 $101,490
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 1,230 2.23 1.21 $48.28 $100,420
Boulder, CO 610 4.00 2.17 $48.18 $100,220

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 830 3.10 1.68 $30.10 $62,600
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 760 3.98 2.16 $35.47 $73,770
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 680 3.13 1.70 $28.43 $59,140
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 650 2.49 1.35 $30.81 $64,080
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 520 1.36 0.74 $31.09 $64,670

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 350 8.39 4.55 $41.82 $86,990
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 320 6.74 3.65 $49.20 $102,330
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 310 6.32 3.43 $47.26 $98,310
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 760 3.98 2.16 $35.47 $73,770
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 410 3.30 1.79 $39.11 $81,350

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 320 6.74 3.65 $49.20 $102,330
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.92 0.50 $47.88 $99,580
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 0.28 $47.32 $98,430
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 310 6.32 3.43 $47.26 $98,310
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 0.33 $46.14 $95,960


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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 17, 2011

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