Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-3029 Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other

All engineering technicians, except drafters, not listed separately.


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)
65,030 1.7 % $28.80 $59,900 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.08 $20.90 $28.21 $35.62 $43.19
Annual Wage (2) $31,360 $43,480 $58,670 $74,080 $89,840


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) 17,710 0.86 $32.08 $66,720
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,330 0.57 $26.87 $55,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,920 0.62 $27.81 $57,850
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,870 0.05 $28.23 $58,710
Employment Services 2,490 0.08 $24.28 $50,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,470 1.33 $44.50 $92,550
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,790 1.10 $33.65 $69,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 17,710 0.86 $32.08 $66,720
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 200 0.73 $26.56 $55,250
Facilities Support Services 930 0.68 $23.75 $49,410

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 1,470 1.33 $44.50 $92,550
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.08 $40.15 $83,520
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,200 0.46 $34.84 $72,460
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,790 1.10 $33.65 $69,990
Support Activities for Air Transportation 40 0.02 $33.39 $69,460


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 8,980 0.64 1.26 $31.12 $64,740
Texas 7,450 0.72 1.43 $28.03 $58,290
Ohio 3,590 0.72 1.42 $28.25 $58,760
Maryland 3,060 1.23 2.43 $32.61 $67,840
Virginia 3,050 0.86 1.69 $33.86 $70,420




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 1,020 1.31 2.58 $25.12 $52,250
New Hampshire 760 1.24 2.46 $23.64 $49,180
Maryland 3,060 1.23 2.43 $32.61 $67,840
Alaska 360 1.16 2.29 $30.84 $64,150
Maine 640 1.12 2.21 $36.23 $75,360




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 640 1.12 2.21 $36.23 $75,360
District of Columbia 440 0.68 1.34 $34.73 $72,240
Virginia 3,050 0.86 1.69 $33.86 $70,420
Washington 2,550 0.94 1.85 $33.00 $68,650
Maryland 3,060 1.23 2.43 $32.61 $67,840





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 3,160 1.24 2.44 $31.64 $65,820
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,810 2.52 4.97 $35.11 $73,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,750 0.46 0.90 $30.79 $64,050
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,600 0.45 0.88 $28.21 $58,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,500 0.65 1.28 $34.38 $71,510
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.41 2.78 $27.27 $56,710
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,450 1.17 2.31 $30.67 $63,800
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,420 1.14 2.24 $32.66 $67,930
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,160 1.33 2.62 $29.38 $61,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,030 0.60 1.18 $25.75 $53,560




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)
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 900 11.46 22.61 $38.06 $79,170
Portsmouth, NH-ME 510 9.33 18.41 $39.21 $81,550
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,810 2.52 4.97 $35.11 $73,030
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 180 2.39 4.71 (8) (8)
Huntsville, AL 460 2.30 4.54 $26.12 $54,330
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 570 2.20 4.35 $35.21 $73,230
Midland, TX 150 2.12 4.18 $30.70 $63,850
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 140 2.09 4.13 $30.51 $63,450
Warner Robins, GA 120 2.04 4.03 $31.05 $64,580
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 200 2.01 3.97 $25.78 $53,630




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)
Lafayette, LA (8) (8) (8) $41.13 $85,540
Portsmouth, NH-ME 510 9.33 18.41 $39.21 $81,550
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 900 11.46 22.61 $38.06 $79,170
Erie, PA (8) (8) (8) $36.96 $76,880
Bellingham, WA (8) (8) (8) $36.85 $76,650
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 980 1.03 2.03 $36.25 $75,400
Wichita, KS (8) (8) (8) $35.87 $74,600
Salt Lake City, UT 260 0.44 0.86 $35.30 $73,420
Norwich-New London, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $35.25 $73,330
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 570 2.20 4.35 $35.21 $73,230

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 520 12.38 24.41 (8) (8)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 0.84 1.66 $32.04 $66,640
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 200 2.11 4.16 $21.31 $44,320
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.86 3.66 $23.78 $49,460
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 2.81 5.54 $30.77 $64,000

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 520 12.38 24.41 (8) (8)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 2.81 5.54 $30.77 $64,000
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 130 2.48 4.90 $24.48 $50,930
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 200 2.11 4.16 $21.31 $44,320
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.86 3.66 $23.78 $49,460

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.47 $67,540
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 0.73 $32.15 $66,870
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 0.84 1.66 $32.04 $66,640
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.80 1.57 $31.67 $65,870
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.01 $64,500


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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