Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-9082 Medical Appliance Technicians

Construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices, such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.


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)
13,390 5.9 % $18.12 $37,680 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.04 $13.61 $17.13 $21.16 $26.06
Annual Wage (2) $22,950 $28,300 $35,630 $44,020 $54,210


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)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,150 2.67 $17.85 $37,130
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,710 0.17 $17.76 $36,930
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 540 0.09 $15.78 $32,830
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 520 0.13 $16.94 $35,230
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 470 0.01 $17.52 $36,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,150 2.67 $17.85 $37,130
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,710 0.17 $17.76 $36,930
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 520 0.13 $16.94 $35,230
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 540 0.09 $15.78 $32,830
Consumer Goods Rental 120 0.07 $16.04 $33,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 90 0.04 $34.81 $72,400
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $24.38 $50,710
Offices of Other Health Practitioners (8) (8) $23.97 $49,850
Outpatient Care Centers 110 0.02 $22.84 $47,500
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.03 $19.56 $40,680


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)
Pennsylvania 1,270 0.23 2.19 $17.80 $37,020
California 1,180 0.08 0.81 $18.24 $37,950
Illinois 1,030 0.19 1.78 $18.54 $38,550
Florida 910 0.13 1.22 $17.14 $35,650
Texas 880 0.09 0.82 $16.05 $33,390




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)
Utah 590 0.51 4.85 $16.90 $35,160
Massachusetts 760 0.24 2.29 $20.68 $43,010
Pennsylvania 1,270 0.23 2.19 $17.80 $37,020
Illinois 1,030 0.19 1.78 $18.54 $38,550
Minnesota 480 0.18 1.76 $20.44 $42,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 430 0.11 1.07 $27.53 $57,270
Kansas 40 0.03 0.32 $22.05 $45,860
Maryland 150 0.06 0.57 $21.39 $44,490
New Hampshire 50 0.08 0.72 $21.28 $44,260
Massachusetts 760 0.24 2.29 $20.68 $43,010





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)
Salt Lake City, UT 550 0.91 8.72 $16.99 $35,340
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 490 0.14 1.31 $16.81 $34,970
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 470 0.26 2.45 $17.92 $37,280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 450 0.27 2.58 $21.99 $45,740
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 440 0.26 2.48 $20.68 $43,020
Pittsburgh, PA 350 0.31 2.97 $16.99 $35,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.07 0.67 $16.34 $33,990
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 270 0.13 1.24 $13.66 $28,410
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 250 0.15 1.43 $16.06 $33,400
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 200 0.04 0.38 $16.53 $34,390




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)
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 160 1.10 10.57 $16.98 $35,330
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 40 0.93 8.91 $14.33 $29,800
Salt Lake City, UT 550 0.91 8.72 $16.99 $35,340
Barnstable Town, MA 60 0.63 5.99 $16.30 $33,890
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 90 0.52 5.00 (8) (8)
Bellingham, WA 30 0.41 3.96 $15.82 $32,910
Springfield, MO 60 0.36 3.42 $22.25 $46,280
Pittsburgh, PA 350 0.31 2.97 $16.99 $35,330
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 50 0.29 2.76 $19.51 $40,580
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 450 0.27 2.58 $21.99 $45,740




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 (8) (8) (8) $32.03 $66,610
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 40 0.13 1.25 $26.28 $54,660
Bakersfield-Delano, CA (8) (8) (8) $26.14 $54,380
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 40 0.11 1.06 $25.79 $53,650
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.33 $25.33 $52,680
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 50 0.26 2.53 $23.08 $48,000
Springfield, MO 60 0.36 3.42 $22.25 $46,280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 450 0.27 2.58 $21.99 $45,740
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.90 $45,550
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 70 0.09 0.84 $21.42 $44,560

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.08 $14.21 $29,550

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.08 $14.21 $29,550

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 Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.30 $38,050
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.08 $14.21 $29,550


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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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