Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-3027 Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.


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)
44,170 2.2 % $24.74 $51,450 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.36 $19.01 $24.09 $29.74 $35.57
Annual Wage (2) $31,940 $39,540 $50,110 $61,850 $73,980


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 10,920 0.85 $25.07 $52,150
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,770 0.61 $26.13 $54,350
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,960 0.49 $25.37 $52,760
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,950 0.47 $25.29 $52,600
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,940 0.40 $27.06 $56,280

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 1,110 1.24 $21.62 $44,960
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 810 0.96 $25.31 $52,650
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,920 0.85 $25.07 $52,150
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 1,730 0.78 $24.19 $50,310
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 700 0.72 $23.97 $49,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 170 0.15 $34.12 $70,970
Oil and Gas Extraction 110 0.07 $32.95 $68,540
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 40 0.47 $31.39 $65,290
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $30.65 $63,740
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 40 0.08 $30.13 $62,680


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 4,660 1.24 3.57 $25.64 $53,330
Texas 4,230 0.42 1.21 $25.69 $53,430
California 3,320 0.24 0.68 $26.73 $55,590
Ohio 2,490 0.51 1.46 $22.95 $47,750
New York 1,930 0.23 0.67 $23.75 $49,390




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 4,660 1.24 3.57 $25.64 $53,330
Idaho 480 0.81 2.34 $23.59 $49,070
Minnesota 1,680 0.66 1.89 $26.00 $54,090
New Hampshire 390 0.64 1.85 $23.91 $49,720
Connecticut 1,020 0.64 1.83 $24.50 $50,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 30 0.10 0.29 $30.75 $63,950
Nevada 240 0.21 0.61 $28.48 $59,250
Louisiana 250 0.14 0.39 $28.33 $58,920
Washington 1,270 0.47 1.36 $27.68 $57,570
Missouri 370 0.14 0.41 $27.02 $56,200

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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,320 0.93 2.67 $28.00 $58,240
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,800 2.69 7.74 $26.70 $55,530
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,550 1.53 4.39 $27.10 $56,370
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,200 0.72 2.06 $27.25 $56,690
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.30 0.87 $25.04 $52,090
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 840 0.62 1.80 $28.78 $59,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 810 0.40 1.16 $21.81 $45,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 780 0.34 0.98 $26.27 $54,640
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 720 0.44 1.26 $26.03 $54,140
Baltimore-Towson, MD 710 0.57 1.65 $27.02 $56,210




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)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,800 2.69 7.74 $26.70 $55,530
Boise City-Nampa, ID 460 1.78 5.13 $23.92 $49,750
Bloomington, IN 120 1.65 4.73 $20.01 $41,630
Danbury, CT 110 1.62 4.66 $25.62 $53,280
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,550 1.53 4.39 $27.10 $56,370
Huntsville, AL 290 1.41 4.06 $22.53 $46,850
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 400 1.38 3.97 $24.51 $50,990
Florence, SC 90 1.23 3.55 $17.14 $35,650
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 130 1.15 3.31 $25.29 $52,610
Worcester, MA-CT 270 1.14 3.28 $18.11 $37,670




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.18 0.53 $34.84 $72,470
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 80 0.16 0.45 $34.76 $72,300
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 90 0.11 0.33 $31.46 $65,440
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 230 0.28 0.80 $30.89 $64,250
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 120 0.43 1.23 $30.58 $63,610
Appleton, WI 50 0.41 1.19 $30.42 $63,270
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 70 0.28 0.81 $30.20 $62,820
Bloomington-Normal, IL (8) (8) (8) $30.12 $62,650
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 0.26 0.74 $29.99 $62,380
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 230 0.41 1.19 $29.97 $62,340

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 390 2.02 5.80 $23.62 $49,140
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 230 0.98 2.82 $22.44 $46,680
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 170 1.38 3.96 $23.69 $49,270
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 150 0.55 1.57 $21.67 $45,070
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.69 1.97 $22.06 $45,890

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 390 2.02 5.80 $23.62 $49,140
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 110 1.83 5.27 $23.88 $49,670
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 90 1.43 4.12 $21.33 $44,370
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 170 1.38 3.96 $23.69 $49,270
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 1.03 2.96 $24.97 $51,940

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.03 $54,140
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.50 1.43 $25.86 $53,780
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.49 $53,030
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.45 1.28 $25.23 $52,480
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 1.03 2.96 $24.97 $51,940


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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