Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
16,990 5.1 % $25.71 $53,480 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.04 $19.87 $24.91 $31.14 $36.82
Annual Wage (2) $33,360 $41,330 $51,820 $64,780 $76,590


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 2,160 0.17 $25.70 $53,460
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,010 0.50 $25.87 $53,800
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,760 0.46 $23.91 $49,740
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,390 0.22 $28.89 $60,090
Support Activities for Mining 1,110 0.29 $21.38 $44,470

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 110 0.56 $22.36 $46,520
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,010 0.50 $25.87 $53,800
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,760 0.46 $23.91 $49,740
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 490 0.31 $24.19 $50,320
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 320 0.29 $23.19 $48,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 320 0.08 $32.86 $68,350
Local Government (OES Designation) (8) (8) $32.69 $68,000
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $31.69 $65,910
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 290 0.06 $30.66 $63,780
Management of Companies and Enterprises 930 0.05 $30.52 $63,480


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 3,640 0.25 1.95 $26.09 $54,270
Massachusetts 1,540 0.48 3.68 $26.98 $56,130
Texas 1,430 0.14 1.04 $24.20 $50,330
New Mexico 770 1.00 7.68 $30.77 $64,000
Pennsylvania 640 0.11 0.87 $22.61 $47,030




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 770 1.00 7.68 $30.77 $64,000
Massachusetts 1,540 0.48 3.68 $26.98 $56,130
Louisiana 630 0.34 2.58 $21.58 $44,890
California 3,640 0.25 1.95 $26.09 $54,270
Arizona 480 0.20 1.54 $23.83 $49,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 50 0.17 1.33 $35.54 $73,930
Illinois 600 0.11 0.81 $31.03 $64,540
New Mexico 770 1.00 7.68 $30.77 $64,000
Minnesota 330 0.12 0.95 $29.86 $62,120
Idaho (8) (8) (8) $29.75 $61,880





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 1,080 0.41 3.15 $23.77 $49,440
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 830 0.92 7.06 $24.73 $51,440
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 800 0.47 3.61 $28.59 $59,470
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.56 4.31 (8) (8)
Albuquerque, NM 480 1.31 10.05 $31.78 $66,110
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.29 2.25 $21.06 $43,810
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 380 0.22 1.70 $23.09 $48,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 350 0.16 1.19 $25.84 $53,740
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.10 0.74 $31.46 $65,440
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 320 0.25 1.92 $25.75 $53,550




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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 160 1.34 10.27 $23.11 $48,060
Albuquerque, NM 480 1.31 10.05 $31.78 $66,110
Barnstable Town, MA 120 1.29 9.87 $29.22 $60,780
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 270 0.99 7.59 $26.40 $54,920
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 830 0.92 7.06 $24.73 $51,440
State College, PA 40 0.65 4.99 $17.54 $36,480
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.56 4.31 (8) (8)
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 50 0.47 3.62 $24.34 $50,620
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 800 0.47 3.61 $28.59 $59,470
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,080 0.41 3.15 $23.77 $49,440




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)
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 150 0.12 0.95 $32.01 $66,590
Baltimore-Towson, MD 80 0.06 0.47 $31.99 $66,530
Albuquerque, NM 480 1.31 10.05 $31.78 $66,110
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.10 0.74 $31.46 $65,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 260 0.15 1.16 $31.22 $64,940
Dayton, OH 60 0.15 1.16 $30.57 $63,590
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 300 0.36 2.78 $29.69 $61,750
Barnstable Town, MA 120 1.29 9.87 $29.22 $60,780
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.08 0.65 $29.10 $60,530
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 40 0.04 0.34 $28.92 $60,140

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 30 0.24 1.86 $15.81 $32,890

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 30 0.24 1.86 $15.81 $32,890

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) $30.33 $63,080
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.24 $62,890
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.86 $15.81 $32,890


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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