Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-3024 Electro-Mechanical Technicians

Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.


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)
16,620 4.9 % $25.42 $52,870 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.91 $19.74 $24.63 $30.40 $36.24
Annual Wage (2) $33,090 $41,050 $51,220 $63,220 $75,390


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 2,020 0.16 $25.55 $53,150
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,820 0.45 $23.89 $49,690
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,690 0.44 $24.27 $50,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,240 0.20 $27.90 $58,030
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,110 0.06 $29.82 $62,020

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 650 0.58 $26.13 $54,350
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 120 0.53 $19.98 $41,550
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,820 0.45 $23.89 $49,690
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,690 0.44 $24.27 $50,480
Support Activities for Mining 980 0.31 $22.47 $46,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 70 0.04 $43.23 $89,910
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 460 0.12 $30.92 $64,310
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 270 0.06 $30.22 $62,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,110 0.06 $29.82 $62,020
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 360 0.06 $29.60 $61,570


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 3,650 0.26 2.01 $26.36 $54,820
Massachusetts 1,450 0.46 3.54 $25.44 $52,920
New Mexico 1,160 1.49 11.53 $28.92 $60,150
Pennsylvania 990 0.18 1.38 $22.16 $46,090
Illinois 670 0.12 0.93 $28.50 $59,270




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)
New Mexico 1,160 1.49 11.53 $28.92 $60,150
Massachusetts 1,450 0.46 3.54 $25.44 $52,920
Maine 190 0.33 2.55 $26.79 $55,730
Louisiana 530 0.29 2.24 $21.82 $45,400
California 3,650 0.26 2.01 $26.36 $54,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho (8) (8) (8) $30.54 $63,520
Iowa (8) (8) (8) $29.81 $62,000
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $29.74 $61,870
Michigan 500 0.13 1.00 $29.19 $60,720
New Mexico 1,160 1.49 11.53 $28.92 $60,150





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)
Albuquerque, NM 840 2.26 17.48 $29.11 $60,540
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 780 0.89 6.90 $25.58 $53,220
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 730 0.44 3.38 $26.88 $55,910
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 550 0.45 3.45 $27.75 $57,730
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.51 3.94 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.61 $26.32 $54,740
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 290 0.36 2.81 $29.07 $60,470
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 290 0.13 1.01 $25.34 $52,720
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.21 1.60 $21.89 $45,530
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 270 0.26 2.03 $33.87 $70,450




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)
Albuquerque, NM 840 2.26 17.48 $29.11 $60,540
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 140 1.23 9.47 $22.37 $46,530
Barnstable Town, MA 120 1.23 9.53 $26.93 $56,010
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 170 0.90 6.96 $27.46 $57,110
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 140 0.90 6.97 $22.19 $46,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 780 0.89 6.90 $25.58 $53,220
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 210 0.82 6.30 $26.24 $54,570
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.51 3.94 (8) (8)
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 120 0.47 3.61 $19.65 $40,860
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 550 0.45 3.45 $27.75 $57,730




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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 270 0.26 2.03 $33.87 $70,450
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $30.79 $64,040
Longview, TX (8) (8) (8) $29.22 $60,780
Albuquerque, NM 840 2.26 17.48 $29.11 $60,540
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 290 0.36 2.81 $29.07 $60,470
Dayton, OH 50 0.13 1.03 $28.52 $59,320
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 270 0.08 0.58 $28.39 $59,060
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.47 $28.01 $58,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 0.81 $28.00 $58,230
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 550 0.45 3.45 $27.75 $57,730

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)
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.05 $16.20 $33,690

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)
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.05 $16.20 $33,690

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.90 $64,280
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.69 $61,760
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.05 $16.20 $33,690


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

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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