Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
65,090 1.8 % $29.25 $60,830 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.41 $21.52 $28.58 $35.88 $43.54
Annual Wage (2) $32,060 $44,770 $59,440 $74,620 $90,560


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) 16,780 0.82 $32.72 $68,050
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,930 0.46 $26.63 $55,390
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,440 0.70 $27.67 $57,550
Employment Services 3,490 0.11 $26.43 $54,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,670 0.13 $28.37 $59,000

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 1,390 1.25 $43.19 $89,840
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,850 1.02 $34.03 $70,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,780 0.82 $32.72 $68,050
Scientific Research and Development Services 4,440 0.70 $27.67 $57,550
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 790 0.55 $33.01 $68,670

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 1,390 1.25 $43.19 $89,840
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $40.79 $84,840
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 30 0.02 $38.51 $80,110
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,850 1.02 $34.03 $70,790
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 790 0.55 $33.01 $68,670


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)
Texas 8,820 0.83 1.67 $30.08 $62,570
California 8,010 0.56 1.12 $31.82 $66,180
Virginia 3,380 0.94 1.88 $33.44 $69,560
Illinois 3,370 0.60 1.19 $27.84 $57,910
Maryland 3,210 1.28 2.56 $31.71 $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)
Maryland 3,210 1.28 2.56 $31.71 $65,950
Maine 740 1.28 2.55 $33.84 $70,390
Alaska 360 1.14 2.28 $31.60 $65,720
New Hampshire 690 1.13 2.26 $24.69 $51,350
New Mexico 850 1.10 2.21 $26.68 $55,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 420 0.64 1.27 $35.10 $73,010
Maine 740 1.28 2.55 $33.84 $70,390
Washington 2,400 0.87 1.74 $33.56 $69,790
Virginia 3,380 0.94 1.88 $33.44 $69,560
Hawaii 430 0.74 1.48 $32.95 $68,530





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 4,090 1.55 3.10 $33.45 $69,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.56 1.12 $28.38 $59,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,600 0.68 1.37 $34.69 $72,150
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,600 1.27 2.54 $30.90 $64,280
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,570 1.25 2.50 $31.50 $65,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.39 0.78 $32.38 $67,350
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,380 1.29 2.59 $26.46 $55,040
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 950 1.09 2.17 $19.58 $40,730
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 920 0.75 1.50 $32.60 $67,810
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 890 11.30 22.62 $38.39 $79,850




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 890 11.30 22.62 $38.39 $79,850
Portsmouth, NH-ME 490 8.82 17.65 $39.09 $81,310
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 360 2.27 4.55 (8) (8)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 580 2.12 4.24 $34.56 $71,890
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 140 1.95 3.90 $31.01 $64,490
Odessa, TX 130 1.94 3.88 $28.75 $59,810
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 250 1.92 3.83 $25.92 $53,920
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 180 1.88 3.77 $26.03 $54,130
Manhattan, KS 90 1.82 3.65 $20.74 $43,130
Bloomington, IN 130 1.78 3.56 $24.05 $50,030




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 650 0.66 1.33 $40.49 $84,230
Portsmouth, NH-ME 490 8.82 17.65 $39.09 $81,310
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 890 11.30 22.62 $38.39 $79,850
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 60 1.34 2.69 $38.33 $79,730
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 240 0.83 1.67 $36.59 $76,100
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 440 0.54 1.08 $36.45 $75,810
Norwich-New London, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $35.89 $74,650
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 50 0.36 0.73 $35.54 $73,920
Boulder, CO 140 0.87 1.74 $35.51 $73,870
Salt Lake City, UT 270 0.43 0.87 $35.41 $73,640

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 510 11.50 23.02 $29.10 $60,540
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 490 1.70 3.41 $25.29 $52,600
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 1.90 3.80 (8) (8)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 0.90 1.80 $28.21 $58,680
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.83 3.67 $24.55 $51,070

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 510 11.50 23.02 $29.10 $60,540
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 2.21 4.43 $22.17 $46,110
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.18 4.37 $32.74 $68,100
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 1.90 3.80 (8) (8)
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.83 3.67 $24.55 $51,070

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.18 4.37 $32.74 $68,100
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.54 1.08 $32.42 $67,430
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.71 1.43 $32.26 $67,100
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.55 $65,630
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 1.42 $29.87 $62,120


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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