Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-3021 Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.


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)
9,290 5.3 % $29.93 $62,260 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.13 $24.02 $29.55 $35.03 $42.13
Annual Wage (2) $39,780 $49,960 $61,460 $72,860 $87,640


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)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,220 0.68 $30.72 $63,890
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,610 0.40 $28.84 $59,980
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,230 0.10 $30.74 $63,930
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 520 0.46 $26.11 $54,300
Scheduled Air Transportation 350 0.08 $32.78 $68,180

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,220 0.68 $30.72 $63,890
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 520 0.46 $26.11 $54,300
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,610 0.40 $28.84 $59,980
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,230 0.10 $30.74 $63,930
Scheduled Air Transportation 350 0.08 $32.78 $68,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 150 0.03 $40.70 $84,660
Technical and Trade Schools 70 0.04 $34.69 $72,160
Scheduled Air Transportation 350 0.08 $32.78 $68,180
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 180 0.01 $30.95 $64,380
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,230 0.10 $30.74 $63,930


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 1,740 0.12 1.71 $30.00 $62,390
Texas 910 0.09 1.22 $28.54 $59,360
Washington 640 0.24 3.27 $32.23 $67,040
Maryland 390 0.16 2.15 $31.09 $64,660
Arizona 320 0.13 1.86 $29.86 $62,110




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)
Washington 640 0.24 3.27 $32.23 $67,040
Kansas 280 0.22 2.97 $28.86 $60,040
Utah 200 0.17 2.40 $27.57 $57,340
Maryland 390 0.16 2.15 $31.09 $64,660
Arizona 320 0.13 1.86 $29.86 $62,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 240 0.08 1.04 $43.04 $89,510
Tennessee 80 0.03 0.43 $39.35 $81,850
Indiana 160 0.06 0.81 $34.39 $71,530
Nevada 90 0.08 1.06 $33.65 $69,990
Georgia 280 0.07 1.03 $32.56 $67,720





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)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,020 5.37 74.13 $32.45 $67,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 790 0.21 2.84 $31.42 $65,340
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 540 0.39 5.39 $32.29 $67,160
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 330 0.38 5.31 $30.46 $63,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 1.79 $29.30 $60,940
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 290 0.17 2.36 $28.56 $59,410
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 280 0.32 4.35 $28.44 $59,160
Wichita, KS 260 0.92 12.67 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.12 1.68 $25.37 $52,780
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 200 0.17 2.33 $20.27 $42,160




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)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,020 5.37 74.13 $32.45 $67,490
Wichita, KS 260 0.92 12.67 (8) (8)
Huntsville, AL 150 0.74 10.16 $28.15 $58,560
Boulder, CO 100 0.63 8.76 $30.65 $63,750
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 70 0.45 6.19 $30.02 $62,440
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 540 0.39 5.39 $32.29 $67,160
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 330 0.38 5.31 $30.46 $63,350
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 280 0.32 4.35 $28.44 $59,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 790 0.21 2.84 $31.42 $65,340
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 290 0.17 2.36 $28.56 $59,410




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)
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 80 0.14 1.90 $39.67 $82,520
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 120 0.14 1.93 $35.02 $72,840
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $33.43 $69,530
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,020 5.37 74.13 $32.45 $67,490
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 70 0.09 1.20 $32.42 $67,440
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 540 0.39 5.39 $32.29 $67,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 0.39 $31.86 $66,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 790 0.21 2.84 $31.42 $65,340
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $31.12 $64,720
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $30.68 $63,800


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.

(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 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

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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