Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
69,080 5.2 % $51.78 $107,700 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.79 $39.66 $50.66 $62.63 $74.63
Annual Wage (2) $66,110 $82,500 $105,380 $130,260 $155,240


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 27,660 5.63 $50.00 $104,010
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,570 0.78 $51.86 $107,880
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,100 1.43 $53.52 $111,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,940 0.45 $54.69 $113,750
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 3,810 0.98 $54.52 $113,390

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 27,660 5.63 $50.00 $104,010
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,100 1.43 $53.52 $111,330
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 1,230 1.32 $51.47 $107,050
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 3,810 0.98 $54.52 $113,390
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,570 0.78 $51.86 $107,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 980 0.03 $63.47 $132,030
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 40 0.11 $60.66 $126,170
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,940 0.45 $54.69 $113,750
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 3,810 0.98 $54.52 $113,390
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,100 1.43 $53.52 $111,330


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 15,140 1.00 1.96 $54.24 $112,810
Washington 8,540 2.95 5.76 $52.33 $108,850
Texas 6,990 0.62 1.22 $52.49 $109,170
Ohio 4,640 0.89 1.74 $48.26 $100,380
Alabama 3,550 1.91 3.74 $51.08 $106,240




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 8,540 2.95 5.76 $52.33 $108,850
Kansas 2,930 2.16 4.22 $47.73 $99,280
Alabama 3,550 1.91 3.74 $51.08 $106,240
Maryland 2,800 1.09 2.14 $57.92 $120,460
Colorado 2,360 1.00 1.95 $59.14 $123,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 2,980 0.82 1.60 $60.73 $126,320
District of Columbia 340 0.51 0.99 $59.51 $123,770
Colorado 2,360 1.00 1.95 $59.14 $123,010
Maryland 2,800 1.09 2.14 $57.92 $120,460
California 15,140 1.00 1.96 $54.24 $112,810





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 8,400 5.63 11.00 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,440 1.09 2.14 $59.10 $122,920
Huntsville, AL 3,040 14.57 28.49 $52.31 $108,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,850 1.20 2.35 $65.59 $136,420
Wichita, KS 2,680 9.22 18.04 $47.19 $98,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,510 0.88 1.73 $55.22 $114,850
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,940 2.09 4.09 $54.74 $113,850
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,840 1.82 3.57 (8) (8)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,560 1.05 2.05 $54.30 $112,950
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,550 1.17 2.30 $49.79 $103,570




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)
Huntsville, AL 3,040 14.57 28.49 $52.31 $108,800
Wichita, KS 2,680 9.22 18.04 $47.19 $98,150
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 8,400 5.63 11.00 (8) (8)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,040 5.40 10.57 $50.40 $104,830
Dayton, OH 1,280 3.45 6.75 $49.54 $103,040
Boulder, CO 510 3.05 5.97 $65.94 $137,150
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 720 2.43 4.76 $50.13 $104,270
Las Cruces, NM 150 2.11 4.12 $36.06 $75,000
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,940 2.09 4.09 $54.74 $113,850
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 160 2.07 4.05 $45.42 $94,470




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)
Boulder, CO 510 3.05 5.97 $65.94 $137,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,850 1.20 2.35 $65.59 $136,420
Colorado Springs, CO 290 1.15 2.25 $64.56 $134,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,440 1.09 2.14 $59.10 $122,920
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 70 0.24 0.47 $58.64 $121,970
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 0.36 $58.16 $120,960
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 310 0.54 1.05 $57.11 $118,800
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $56.92 $118,390
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 270 0.21 0.42 $56.75 $118,050
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.03 0.07 $56.52 $117,570

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 850 19.71 38.55 $52.07 $108,290
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 4.99 9.76 $45.86 $95,380
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 1.15 2.26 $43.40 $90,270
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 1.09 2.14 (8) (8)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 0.49 (8) (8)

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 850 19.71 38.55 $52.07 $108,290
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 4.99 9.76 $45.86 $95,380
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 1.15 2.26 $43.40 $90,270
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 1.09 2.14 (8) (8)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 0.49 (8) (8)

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 850 19.71 38.55 $52.07 $108,290
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 4.99 9.76 $45.86 $95,380
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 1.15 2.26 $43.40 $90,270


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015