Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
9,750 4.7 % $29.80 $61,980 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.24 $24.12 $29.58 $35.34 $42.00
Annual Wage (2) $40,020 $50,180 $61,530 $73,510 $87,370


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 3,620 0.73 $31.63 $65,800
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,790 0.44 $29.06 $60,440
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,400 0.11 $28.16 $58,570
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 560 0.51 $26.48 $55,080
Scheduled Air Transportation 360 0.09 $32.09 $66,740

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 3,620 0.73 $31.63 $65,800
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 560 0.51 $26.48 $55,080
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,790 0.44 $29.06 $60,440
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,400 0.11 $28.16 $58,570
Scheduled Air Transportation 360 0.09 $32.09 $66,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Technical and Trade Schools (8) (8) $35.44 $73,710
Scheduled Air Transportation 360 0.09 $32.09 $66,740
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,620 0.73 $31.63 $65,800
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,790 0.44 $29.06 $60,440
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 270 0.02 $28.89 $60,090


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 1,880 0.13 1.76 $30.16 $62,730
Florida 1,150 0.16 2.12 $31.64 $65,810
Texas 960 0.09 1.21 $28.66 $59,620
Washington 740 0.27 3.56 $32.32 $67,220
Georgia 450 0.12 1.57 $31.70 $65,950




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 740 0.27 3.56 $32.32 $67,220
Kansas 270 0.20 2.68 $31.48 $65,490
Florida 1,150 0.16 2.12 $31.64 $65,810
Arizona 360 0.15 1.98 $30.39 $63,220
California 1,880 0.13 1.76 $30.16 $62,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 150 0.05 0.71 $35.32 $73,460
Oklahoma 80 0.05 0.69 $34.85 $72,480
Nevada 90 0.08 1.05 $34.58 $71,930
Pennsylvania 40 0.01 0.10 $33.51 $69,690
Missouri 90 0.04 0.47 $32.51 $67,620





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 830 0.22 2.88 $32.25 $67,070
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 620 0.44 5.85 $32.35 $67,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 450 0.19 2.58 $27.03 $56,230
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 330 0.16 2.08 $27.13 $56,430
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 320 0.19 2.50 $29.33 $61,000
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.35 4.70 $28.96 $60,240
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 300 0.33 4.40 $28.71 $59,710
Wichita, KS 260 0.91 12.17 $31.49 $65,510
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 200 0.16 2.20 $20.73 $43,110
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 1.88 $26.40 $54,920




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)
Wichita, KS 260 0.91 12.17 $31.49 $65,510
Huntsville, AL 180 0.90 12.00 $27.20 $56,570
Boulder, CO 100 0.63 8.35 $31.28 $65,060
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 100 0.60 8.05 $30.84 $64,150
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 620 0.44 5.85 $32.35 $67,280
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 30 0.42 5.65 $23.66 $49,220
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.35 4.70 $28.96 $60,240
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 300 0.33 4.40 $28.71 $59,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.22 2.88 $32.25 $67,070
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 40 0.21 2.79 $30.49 $63,410




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)
Tulsa, OK 60 0.15 1.94 $36.32 $75,540
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 110 0.12 1.67 $36.24 $75,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 30 0.02 0.25 $34.27 $71,280
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 80 0.09 1.26 $32.70 $68,020
St. Louis, MO-IL 90 0.07 0.96 $32.65 $67,910
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 620 0.44 5.85 $32.35 $67,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.22 2.88 $32.25 $67,070
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $31.75 $66,030
Wichita, KS 260 0.91 12.17 $31.49 $65,510
Boulder, CO 100 0.63 8.35 $31.28 $65,060


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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