Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
12,890 8.7 % $32.99 $68,620 3.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.02 $24.84 $31.82 $40.26 $47.64
Annual Wage (2) $39,560 $51,660 $66,180 $83,740 $99,090


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 4,340 0.89 $32.54 $67,680
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,180 0.30 $29.48 $61,320
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,380 0.21 $47.48 $98,750
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,250 0.31 $32.98 $68,600
Scheduled Air Transportation 400 0.10 $28.63 $59,560

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 4,340 0.89 $32.54 $67,680
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 300 0.34 (8) (8)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,250 0.31 $32.98 $68,600
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,180 0.30 $29.48 $61,320
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,380 0.21 $47.48 $98,750

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 1,380 0.21 $47.48 $98,750
Technical and Trade Schools 130 0.09 $33.65 $69,990
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,250 0.31 $32.98 $68,600
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 4,340 0.89 $32.54 $67,680
Support Activities for Air Transportation 100 0.05 $30.53 $63,510


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 2,110 0.14 1.45 $35.20 $73,210
Texas 900 0.08 0.83 $28.92 $60,150
Arizona 780 0.30 3.22 $24.26 $50,470
Georgia 730 0.18 1.89 $32.87 $68,370
Ohio 430 0.08 0.87 $34.88 $72,540




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)
Kansas 410 0.30 3.22 $29.08 $60,480
Arizona 780 0.30 3.22 $24.26 $50,470
New Mexico 150 0.19 1.99 $30.18 $62,780
Georgia 730 0.18 1.89 $32.87 $68,370
Maryland 420 0.16 1.75 $33.43 $69,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mississippi (8) (8) (8) $37.61 $78,230
Connecticut 110 0.07 0.73 $36.84 $76,620
Colorado 390 0.16 1.69 $36.06 $74,990
California 2,110 0.14 1.45 $35.20 $73,210
Ohio 430 0.08 0.87 $34.88 $72,540





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.20 2.17 $35.88 $74,630
Wichita, KS 400 1.37 14.70 $29.17 $60,680
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 330 0.33 3.49 $34.38 $71,520
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.30 3.17 $26.20 $54,490
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.14 1.53 $35.22 $73,250
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 200 0.15 1.64 $35.44 $73,710
Boulder, CO 170 1.00 10.75 $37.57 $78,130
Huntsville, AL 170 0.78 8.38 $32.03 $66,630
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 140 0.10 1.06 $34.98 $72,770
Albuquerque, NM 130 0.36 3.83 $29.99 $62,380




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 400 1.37 14.70 $29.17 $60,680
Boulder, CO 170 1.00 10.75 $37.57 $78,130
Huntsville, AL 170 0.78 8.38 $32.03 $66,630
Bakersfield, CA 130 0.44 4.68 $32.48 $67,550
Albuquerque, NM 130 0.36 3.83 $29.99 $62,380
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 330 0.33 3.49 $34.38 $71,520
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.30 3.17 $26.20 $54,490
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 50 0.23 2.50 $34.43 $71,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.20 2.17 $35.88 $74,630
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 200 0.15 1.64 $35.44 $73,710




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 170 1.00 10.75 $37.57 $78,130
Cleveland-Elyria, OH (8) (8) (8) $35.96 $74,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.20 2.17 $35.88 $74,630
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $35.80 $74,460
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 200 0.15 1.64 $35.44 $73,710
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.14 1.53 $35.22 $73,250
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 140 0.10 1.06 $34.98 $72,770
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.61 $71,990
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.58 $71,930
Colorado Springs, CO (8) (8) (8) $34.53 $71,820


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