Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

17-2011 Aerospace Engineers

Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.


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)
80,420 6.2 % $50.39 $104,810 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.47 $39.37 $49.87 $61.33 $71.69
Annual Wage (2) $65,450 $81,890 $103,720 $127,570 $149,120


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 31,360 6.36 $47.32 $98,430
Scientific Research and Development Services 13,070 2.07 $53.55 $111,380
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,790 0.75 $51.42 $106,960
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,060 0.44 $53.58 $111,450
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 5,330 1.32 $51.52 $107,170

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 31,360 6.36 $47.32 $98,430
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 2,630 2.35 $55.37 $115,160
Scientific Research and Development Services 13,070 2.07 $53.55 $111,380
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 5,330 1.32 $51.52 $107,170
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,790 0.75 $51.42 $106,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 40 0.10 $62.81 $130,640
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,600 0.24 $58.86 $122,420
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 2,630 2.35 $55.37 $115,160
Employment Services 690 0.02 $55.30 $115,030
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,060 0.44 $53.58 $111,450


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 20,770 1.45 2.35 $53.94 $112,200
Washington 8,020 2.90 4.70 $49.15 $102,240
Texas 7,280 0.69 1.11 $50.49 $105,020
Virginia 4,160 1.16 1.87 $59.98 $124,760
Ohio 3,890 0.77 1.25 $48.88 $101,670




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 8,020 2.90 4.70 $49.15 $102,240
Kansas 3,240 2.45 3.98 $45.30 $94,230
Alabama 3,270 1.79 2.90 $55.09 $114,590
Connecticut 2,780 1.71 2.78 $43.67 $90,820
California 20,770 1.45 2.35 $53.94 $112,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 4,160 1.16 1.87 $59.98 $124,760
District of Columbia 310 0.47 0.76 $58.44 $121,560
Idaho (8) (8) (8) $55.37 $115,170
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $55.30 $115,020
Alabama 3,270 1.79 2.90 $55.09 $114,590





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,210 2.38 3.85 $56.24 $116,970
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 7,660 5.43 8.80 $49.00 $101,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,990 1.70 2.76 $62.00 $128,970
Wichita, KS 3,100 11.07 17.94 $45.35 $94,330
Huntsville, AL 3,000 14.75 23.89 $55.93 $116,330
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,420 0.92 1.48 $54.75 $113,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,400 2.67 4.32 $59.12 $122,970
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 2,200 2.51 4.06 $47.74 $99,300
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,130 3.85 6.24 $43.75 $91,010
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,010 1.63 2.64 $53.81 $111,920




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)
Huntsville, AL 3,000 14.75 23.89 $55.93 $116,330
Wichita, KS 3,100 11.07 17.94 $45.35 $94,330
Savannah, GA 990 6.71 10.87 $52.42 $109,030
Las Cruces, NM 440 6.60 10.70 $40.95 $85,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 7,660 5.43 8.80 $49.00 $101,920
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,040 5.42 8.78 $47.62 $99,050
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,130 3.85 6.24 $43.75 $91,010
Dayton, OH 1,300 3.54 5.74 $51.61 $107,350
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,400 2.67 4.32 $59.12 $122,970
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 190 2.64 4.28 $41.28 $85,870




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)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 110 0.25 0.40 $63.15 $131,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,990 1.70 2.76 $62.00 $128,970
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,400 2.67 4.32 $59.12 $122,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,210 2.38 3.85 $56.24 $116,970
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $56.11 $116,710
Huntsville, AL 3,000 14.75 23.89 $55.93 $116,330
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 490 0.29 0.46 $55.93 $116,320
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $54.90 $114,190
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,420 0.92 1.48 $54.75 $113,880
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,020 1.42 2.30 $54.48 $113,310

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 870 19.75 32.00 $51.53 $107,180
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 170 3.66 5.93 $49.89 $103,780
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.56 0.90 $41.21 $85,720
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 0.72 $43.45 $90,370
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.73 1.19 $47.67 $99,150

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 870 19.75 32.00 $51.53 $107,180
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 170 3.66 5.93 $49.89 $103,780
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.73 1.19 $47.67 $99,150
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.56 0.90 $41.21 $85,720
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 0.72 $43.45 $90,370

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 870 19.75 32.00 $51.53 $107,180
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 170 3.66 5.93 $49.89 $103,780
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.73 1.19 $47.67 $99,150
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 0.72 $43.45 $90,370
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.56 0.90 $41.21 $85,720


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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