Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
12,230 4.4 % $18.37 $38,200 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.01 $13.68 $17.35 $21.64 $27.08
Annual Wage (2) $22,890 $28,450 $36,100 $45,010 $56,340


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 6,960 2.26 $18.03 $37,510
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,560 0.16 $17.70 $36,820
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 700 0.11 $16.81 $34,960
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 540 0.13 $16.91 $35,170
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 490 0.01 $19.17 $39,880

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 6,960 2.26 $18.03 $37,510
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,560 0.16 $17.70 $36,820
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 540 0.13 $16.91 $35,170
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 700 0.11 $16.81 $34,960
Scientific Research and Development Services 430 0.07 $22.32 $46,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) $24.62 $51,200
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 290 0.04 $23.64 $49,170
Outpatient Care Centers 120 0.02 $22.66 $47,130
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 40 0.02 $22.65 $47,100
Scientific Research and Development Services 430 0.07 $22.32 $46,430


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 1,320 0.24 2.52 $17.75 $36,920
Texas 990 0.09 0.99 $17.37 $36,120
California 970 0.07 0.72 $21.22 $44,130
New York 670 0.08 0.84 $16.29 $33,880
Florida 640 0.09 0.94 $18.08 $37,610




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 450 0.37 3.96 $18.06 $37,560
Pennsylvania 1,320 0.24 2.52 $17.75 $36,920
Massachusetts 580 0.18 1.92 $19.87 $41,330
Colorado 400 0.18 1.91 $15.68 $32,610
Arizona 440 0.18 1.93 $16.01 $33,310




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 30 0.04 0.41 $33.09 $68,820
Michigan 360 0.09 0.99 $28.18 $58,620
New Hampshire 50 0.07 0.79 $21.65 $45,040
Maryland 220 0.09 0.92 $21.56 $44,840
Wisconsin 80 0.03 0.32 $21.45 $44,620





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)
Pittsburgh, PA 550 0.49 5.20 $16.34 $33,980
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 460 0.25 2.67 $18.62 $38,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 420 0.12 1.24 $17.51 $36,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 420 0.24 2.56 $17.79 $37,000
Salt Lake City, UT 410 0.66 6.99 $17.70 $36,810
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 370 0.21 2.25 $16.20 $33,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 330 0.13 1.34 $18.58 $38,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 280 0.12 1.31 $18.93 $39,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.07 0.76 $18.03 $37,500
Greensboro-High Point, NC 250 0.73 7.83 $20.27 $42,160




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)
New Bedford, MA 100 1.48 15.77 $21.38 $44,460
Lake Havasu City - Kingman, AZ 40 0.87 9.31 $13.76 $28,630
Greensboro-High Point, NC 250 0.73 7.83 $20.27 $42,160
Salt Lake City, UT 410 0.66 6.99 $17.70 $36,810
Barnstable Town, MA 60 0.63 6.69 $16.39 $34,080
Pittsburgh, PA 550 0.49 5.20 $16.34 $33,980
Springfield, MO 90 0.47 5.02 $21.11 $43,920
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 40 0.34 3.61 $13.31 $27,690
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 60 0.31 3.34 $24.52 $50,990
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 40 0.29 3.09 $23.08 $48,010




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) $33.18 $69,020
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 40 0.09 0.92 $33.18 $69,020
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $30.70 $63,870
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.46 $26.67 $55,460
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 60 0.31 3.34 $24.52 $50,990
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 50 0.13 1.43 $24.48 $50,910
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $23.20 $48,260
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 40 0.29 3.09 $23.08 $48,010
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 30 0.07 0.80 $22.45 $46,690
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.34 $46,480


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.

(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 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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