Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
66,980 3.2 % $53.16 $110,570 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.62 $40.41 $51.84 $64.16 $76.30
Annual Wage (2) $67,850 $84,040 $107,830 $133,460 $158,700


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 26,840 5.50 $51.90 $107,960
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,600 0.76 $53.47 $111,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,070 0.46 $55.04 $114,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,450 1.00 $54.60 $113,570
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 4,940 1.24 $55.12 $114,650

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 26,840 5.50 $51.90 $107,960
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 4,940 1.24 $55.12 $114,650
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,450 1.00 $54.60 $113,570
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 690 0.77 $51.38 $106,860
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,600 0.76 $53.47 $111,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 270 0.04 $72.28 $150,340
Employment Services 1,320 0.04 $62.20 $129,380
Software Publishers 270 0.08 $56.42 $117,350
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (8) (8) $55.63 $115,720
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 4,940 1.24 $55.12 $114,650


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 12,950 0.84 1.72 $56.01 $116,500
Washington 8,620 2.89 5.95 (8) (8)
Texas 6,500 0.56 1.16 $52.40 $108,990
Ohio 4,850 0.92 1.89 $51.56 $107,240
Alabama 4,200 2.23 4.59 $52.87 $109,980




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 8,620 2.89 5.95 (8) (8)
Alabama 4,200 2.23 4.59 $52.87 $109,980
Kansas 2,500 1.82 3.75 $48.32 $100,500
Connecticut 2,000 1.20 2.48 $51.47 $107,050
Maryland 2,920 1.12 2.32 $58.87 $122,450




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 2,160 0.88 1.81 $63.78 $132,670
Virginia 2,350 0.64 1.32 $63.21 $131,470
District of Columbia 330 0.50 1.02 $60.27 $125,350
Missouri (8) (8) (8) $59.33 $123,410
Maryland 2,920 1.12 2.32 $58.87 $122,450





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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 8,480 5.52 11.37 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,180 1.02 2.10 $61.36 $127,630
Huntsville, AL 3,700 17.33 35.68 $54.04 $112,410
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,360 0.80 1.66 $54.55 $113,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.95 1.95 $70.35 $146,330
Wichita, KS 2,030 6.90 14.21 $46.83 $97,410
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,950 1.28 2.64 $57.12 $118,800
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,730 1.28 2.63 $51.70 $107,540
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,720 2.97 6.11 $51.97 $108,100
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,490 1.53 3.15 $57.89 $120,410




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)
California-Lexington Park, MD 1,040 23.76 48.93 $50.81 $105,690
Huntsville, AL 3,700 17.33 35.68 $54.04 $112,410
Wichita, KS 2,030 6.90 14.21 $46.83 $97,410
Savannah, GA 1,080 6.71 13.82 $51.11 $106,300
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 8,480 5.52 11.37 (8) (8)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,020 5.19 10.69 $53.80 $111,910
Boulder, CO 630 3.66 7.54 $67.65 $140,720
Dayton, OH 1,170 3.21 6.61 $49.04 $102,000
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,720 2.97 6.11 $51.97 $108,100
Bakersfield, CA 790 2.68 5.51 $50.63 $105,310




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.95 1.95 $70.35 $146,330
Boulder, CO 630 3.66 7.54 $67.65 $140,720
Colorado Springs, CO 190 0.74 1.52 $63.58 $132,250
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,260 0.92 1.89 $62.34 $129,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,180 1.02 2.10 $61.36 $127,630
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 170 0.97 1.99 $61.21 $127,310
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 380 0.29 0.60 $61.20 $127,300
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.17 0.34 $60.04 $124,880
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.28 0.57 $59.77 $124,320
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 490 0.85 1.74 $59.37 $123,490

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 Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 4.70 9.68 $46.70 $97,130
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.83 1.72 (8) (8)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 60 0.40 0.82 (8) (8)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 0.73 (8) (8)
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.66 $44.63 $92,820

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 Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 4.70 9.68 $46.70 $97,130
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.83 1.72 (8) (8)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 60 0.40 0.82 (8) (8)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 0.73 (8) (8)
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.66 $44.63 $92,820

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)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 4.70 9.68 $46.70 $97,130
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.66 $44.63 $92,820


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016