Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

17-3021 Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.


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)
10,540 6.7 % $30.07 $62,540 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.76 $23.92 $30.14 $36.40 $43.06
Annual Wage (2) $39,010 $49,760 $62,680 $75,710 $89,570


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 4,250 0.84 $31.48 $65,470
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,310 0.17 $27.42 $57,020
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,300 0.33 $30.36 $63,160
Scientific Research and Development Services 430 0.07 $31.49 $65,490
Scheduled Air Transportation 350 0.08 $26.20 $54,500

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 4,250 0.84 $31.48 $65,470
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,300 0.33 $30.36 $63,160
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 310 0.30 (8) (8)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,310 0.17 $27.42 $57,020
Scheduled Air Transportation 350 0.08 $26.20 $54,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 430 0.07 $31.49 $65,490
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 4,250 0.84 $31.48 $65,470
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 90 0.03 $30.80 $64,060
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,300 0.33 $30.36 $63,160
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 330 0.02 $30.02 $62,450


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 1,790 0.12 1.53 $32.94 $68,520
Florida 1,530 0.21 2.59 $29.17 $60,660
Washington 890 0.32 3.98 $33.21 $69,080
Georgia 800 0.21 2.58 $31.30 $65,110
Texas 770 0.07 0.89 $27.30 $56,790




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 890 0.32 3.98 $33.21 $69,080
Arizona 580 0.24 2.96 $24.40 $50,750
Georgia 800 0.21 2.58 $31.30 $65,110
Florida 1,530 0.21 2.59 $29.17 $60,660
Kansas 250 0.18 2.31 $32.29 $67,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 160 0.06 0.70 $35.78 $74,430
Colorado 340 0.15 1.86 $34.07 $70,860
Washington 890 0.32 3.98 $33.21 $69,080
California 1,790 0.12 1.53 $32.94 $68,520
Kansas 250 0.18 2.31 $32.29 $67,160





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 840 0.58 7.29 $33.36 $69,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.21 2.59 $34.55 $71,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 440 0.19 2.34 $27.42 $57,030
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 400 0.17 2.20 $30.67 $63,790
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.34 4.34 $21.55 $44,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 260 0.12 1.50 $31.08 $64,640
Wichita, KS 240 0.86 10.77 $32.34 $67,260
Baltimore-Towson, MD 240 0.19 2.36 $31.47 $65,450
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.15 1.91 $30.86 $64,190
Huntsville, AL 170 0.82 10.38 $28.94 $60,200




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)
Wichita, KS 240 0.86 10.77 $32.34 $67,260
Huntsville, AL 170 0.82 10.38 $28.94 $60,200
Boulder, CO 120 0.76 9.57 $35.68 $74,210
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 50 0.67 8.47 $24.65 $51,280
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 840 0.58 7.29 $33.36 $69,400
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 100 0.56 7.06 $29.91 $62,210
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 120 0.42 5.29 $30.39 $63,210
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.34 4.34 $21.55 $44,820
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 50 0.25 3.14 $31.11 $64,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.21 2.59 $34.55 $71,870




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)
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 110 0.12 1.52 $36.47 $75,870
Boulder, CO 120 0.76 9.57 $35.68 $74,210
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 160 0.13 1.58 $34.56 $71,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.21 2.59 $34.55 $71,870
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 120 0.09 1.15 $33.89 $70,490
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH (8) (8) (8) $33.48 $69,640
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 840 0.58 7.29 $33.36 $69,400
Wichita, KS 240 0.86 10.77 $32.34 $67,260
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $32.28 $67,150
Baltimore-Towson, MD 240 0.19 2.36 $31.47 $65,450


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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