Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
11,230 9.6 % $30.92 $64,310 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.48 $24.19 $30.66 $38.19 $44.87
Annual Wage (2) $38,440 $50,310 $63,780 $79,450 $93,330


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,790 0.28 $29.08 $60,480
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,730 0.76 $32.68 $67,970
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,220 0.31 $31.25 $64,990
Scientific Research and Development Services 550 0.09 $31.61 $65,760
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 440 0.47 $33.16 $68,970

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 3,730 0.76 $32.68 $67,970
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 440 0.47 $33.16 $68,970
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,220 0.31 $31.25 $64,990
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,790 0.28 $29.08 $60,480
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 210 0.13 $33.33 $69,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 30 (7) $34.36 $71,480
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 210 0.13 $33.33 $69,320
Technical and Trade Schools 80 0.06 $33.22 $69,090
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 440 0.47 $33.16 $68,970
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,730 0.76 $32.68 $67,970


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 1,920 0.13 1.53 $34.32 $71,390
Texas 810 0.07 0.86 $29.45 $61,260
Georgia 760 0.19 2.29 $31.85 $66,240
Arizona 660 0.26 3.14 $24.31 $50,570
Kansas 320 0.24 2.86 $34.02 $70,770




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)
Arizona 660 0.26 3.14 $24.31 $50,570
Kansas 320 0.24 2.86 $34.02 $70,770
Georgia 760 0.19 2.29 $31.85 $66,240
New Mexico 110 0.14 1.72 $29.82 $62,040
Colorado 310 0.13 1.59 $35.65 $74,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 310 0.13 1.59 $35.65 $74,160
Connecticut 120 0.07 0.84 $35.42 $73,680
California 1,920 0.13 1.53 $34.32 $71,390
Kansas 320 0.24 2.86 $34.02 $70,770
Louisiana (8) (8) (8) $33.07 $68,780





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 700 0.17 2.07 $35.93 $74,740
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 340 0.36 4.35 $25.40 $52,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 330 0.14 1.68 $29.01 $60,340
Wichita, KS 320 1.11 13.36 $34.11 $70,940
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.11 1.33 $32.58 $67,770
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 230 0.17 2.10 $34.41 $71,570
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.15 1.83 $31.32 $65,140
Huntsville, AL 150 0.71 8.51 $29.27 $60,880
Boulder, CO 130 0.76 9.20 $36.94 $76,830
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 120 0.40 4.85 $31.34 $65,180




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 320 1.11 13.36 $34.11 $70,940
Boulder, CO 130 0.76 9.20 $36.94 $76,830
Huntsville, AL 150 0.71 8.51 $29.27 $60,880
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 50 0.71 8.60 $26.38 $54,870
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 120 0.40 4.85 $31.34 $65,180
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 340 0.36 4.35 $25.40 $52,820
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 60 0.28 3.42 $32.55 $67,700
Albuquerque, NM 100 0.27 3.23 $29.64 $61,650
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 230 0.17 2.10 $34.41 $71,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.17 2.07 $35.93 $74,740




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)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL (8) (8) (8) $40.19 $83,590
Boulder, CO 130 0.76 9.20 $36.94 $76,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.17 2.07 $35.93 $74,740
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $35.50 $73,840
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 120 0.12 1.40 $34.68 $72,130
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 230 0.17 2.10 $34.41 $71,570
Wichita, KS 320 1.11 13.36 $34.11 $70,940
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $33.97 $70,650
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $33.90 $70,500
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 30 0.01 0.14 $33.77 $70,240


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.

(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 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