Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-2072 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing 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. Excludes "Computer Hardware Engineers" (17-2061).


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)
136,310 1.9 % $45.51 $94,670 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.30 $34.86 $43.99 $54.93 $67.07
Annual Wage (2) $58,870 $72,510 $91,500 $114,260 $139,500


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 17,570 0.85 $49.13 $102,200
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 15,890 2.69 $40.26 $83,730
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 15,280 4.03 $47.70 $99,210
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 14,830 1.15 $48.60 $101,080
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 8,740 2.15 $44.57 $92,690

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 4,870 4.31 $47.10 $97,960
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 7,060 4.16 $43.47 $90,410
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 15,280 4.03 $47.70 $99,210
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 590 3.30 $39.62 $82,420
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 15,890 2.69 $40.26 $83,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 50 0.21 $57.70 $120,020
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 90 0.11 $55.59 $115,620
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 50 0.01 $55.03 $114,460
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,040 0.64 $52.88 $109,980
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 210 0.04 $50.17 $104,360


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)
California 30,840 2.20 2.07 $51.92 $108,000
Texas 12,450 1.21 1.14 $42.92 $89,270
Florida 5,350 0.75 0.70 $39.67 $82,510
Illinois 4,970 0.89 0.84 $40.87 $85,010
Virginia 4,870 1.37 1.29 $47.24 $98,260




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)
Rhode Island 1,080 2.40 2.26 $52.56 $109,320
California 30,840 2.20 2.07 $51.92 $108,000
Maryland 4,760 1.92 1.81 $49.29 $102,520
Arizona 4,450 1.87 1.76 $44.33 $92,200
Oregon 2,730 1.72 1.62 $45.64 $94,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 750 1.16 1.09 $52.95 $110,140
Rhode Island 1,080 2.40 2.26 $52.56 $109,320
California 30,840 2.20 2.07 $51.92 $108,000
New Jersey 4,250 1.13 1.06 $50.97 $106,020
Massachusetts 4,750 1.50 1.42 $50.68 $105,400





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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,940 10.20 9.60 $58.31 $121,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,450 1.43 1.34 $52.05 $108,260
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,010 2.45 2.31 $44.14 $91,810
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 4,600 3.32 3.12 $49.77 $103,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,120 1.78 1.68 $52.25 $108,690
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,870 1.08 1.02 $41.10 $85,480
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,760 2.21 2.08 $44.95 $93,490
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,650 2.96 2.78 $49.13 $102,200
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,060 2.24 2.11 $47.07 $97,900
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,820 1.68 1.58 $51.77 $107,690




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)
Warner Robins, GA 1,180 20.76 19.54 $39.78 $82,750
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,940 10.20 9.60 $58.31 $121,290
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 810 6.34 5.97 $55.63 $115,720
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,100 5.82 5.48 $38.03 $79,110
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 610 5.38 5.07 $47.74 $99,310
Huntsville, AL 1,010 5.04 4.74 $48.68 $101,250
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 350 4.77 4.49 $44.00 $91,530
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 1,340 4.70 4.42 $49.63 $103,240
Las Cruces, NM 280 4.19 3.94 $42.43 $88,240
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 170 3.79 3.57 $46.60 $96,930




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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,940 10.20 9.60 $58.31 $121,290
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 130 0.55 0.52 $56.99 $118,540
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 810 6.34 5.97 $55.63 $115,720
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,890 1.97 1.85 $55.47 $115,390
Worcester, MA-CT 230 0.96 0.91 $55.39 $115,210
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 520 1.58 1.49 $53.38 $111,020
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 630 1.13 1.06 $53.32 $110,910
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 1,110 2.06 1.94 $52.46 $109,120
Springfield, MA-CT 140 0.49 0.46 $52.43 $109,060
Utica-Rome, NY 220 1.75 1.65 $52.31 $108,800

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 1,470 34.79 32.74 $52.29 $108,750
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 460 9.61 9.04 $53.90 $112,110
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 1.14 1.08 $38.81 $80,730
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 180 3.01 2.83 $43.25 $89,960
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 0.78 0.74 $39.24 $81,620

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 1,470 34.79 32.74 $52.29 $108,750
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 460 9.61 9.04 $53.90 $112,110
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 180 3.01 2.83 $43.25 $89,960
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.15 1.09 $33.65 $70,000
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 1.14 1.08 $38.81 $80,730

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 460 9.61 9.04 $53.90 $112,110
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 1,470 34.79 32.74 $52.29 $108,750
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 0.31 $46.70 $97,130
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.39 0.36 $45.14 $93,900
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 80 0.54 0.51 $44.64 $92,850


About May 2011 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.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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