Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

41-9031 Sales Engineers

Sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in engineering. Excludes "Engineers" (17-2011 through 17-2199) whose primary function is not marketing or sales.


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)
72,200 2.3 % $51.52 $107,160 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.58 $34.89 $46.95 $62.47 $79.45
Annual Wage (2) $55,280 $72,560 $97,650 $129,930 $165,250


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)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 13,210 0.70 $56.21 $116,920
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 7,770 0.87 $52.86 $109,940
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 5,510 0.81 $48.91 $101,740
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 5,150 0.84 $51.70 $107,530
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,890 1.20 $50.03 $104,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Telecommunications 1,050 1.38 $53.54 $111,370
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,890 1.20 $50.03 $104,070
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 7,770 0.87 $52.86 $109,940
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 5,150 0.84 $51.70 $107,530
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 5,510 0.81 $48.91 $101,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 290 0.13 $67.81 $141,040
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 1,280 0.44 $67.69 $140,800
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 510 0.37 $63.30 $131,670
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 490 0.38 $62.52 $130,030
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 100 0.01 $61.97 $128,890


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 12,890 0.83 1.59 $58.52 $121,710
Texas 10,080 0.87 1.66 $52.29 $108,760
Illinois 3,980 0.68 1.30 $49.75 $103,480
Ohio 3,380 0.64 1.22 $49.02 $101,960
Pennsylvania 3,360 0.59 1.12 $43.38 $90,220




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)
Colorado 2,390 0.97 1.86 $51.18 $106,460
Massachusetts 3,180 0.94 1.79 $54.96 $114,320
Texas 10,080 0.87 1.66 $52.29 $108,760
California 12,890 0.83 1.59 $58.52 $121,710
New Hampshire 510 0.81 1.54 $58.36 $121,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 150 0.37 0.71 $75.59 $157,220
Delaware 60 0.13 0.25 $67.33 $140,040
Rhode Island 140 0.30 0.57 $58.98 $122,690
California 12,890 0.83 1.59 $58.52 $121,710
Virginia 1,640 0.44 0.85 $58.43 $121,530





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,430 1.17 2.24 $49.12 $102,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,070 3.03 5.79 $65.91 $137,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,890 1.24 2.37 $55.77 $115,990
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,830 0.79 1.52 $53.58 $111,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,610 0.64 1.21 $51.96 $108,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,540 1.02 1.96 $51.02 $106,120
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,260 0.35 0.67 $55.25 $114,920
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,020 1.15 2.19 $55.84 $116,150
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,910 1.87 3.57 $70.07 $145,740
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,660 1.20 2.30 $52.56 $109,330




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,070 3.03 5.79 $65.91 $137,080
Boulder, CO 400 2.32 4.42 $46.93 $97,620
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 390 2.28 4.35 $55.11 $114,630
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 300 2.02 3.87 $54.94 $114,280
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 250 1.98 3.78 $70.44 $146,520
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,910 1.87 3.57 $70.07 $145,740
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,540 1.66 3.17 $53.83 $111,960
Midland, TX 150 1.60 3.06 $47.40 $98,600
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,330 1.30 2.49 $51.52 $107,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,890 1.24 2.37 $55.77 $115,990




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)
Sioux Falls, SD (8) (8) (8) $83.44 $173,560
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 340 0.59 1.14 $75.36 $156,750
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 250 1.98 3.78 $70.44 $146,520
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,910 1.87 3.57 $70.07 $145,740
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $67.56 $140,530
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 90 0.12 0.22 $66.54 $138,410
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,070 3.03 5.79 $65.91 $137,080
Lake Charles, LA (8) (8) (8) $64.75 $134,690
Ann Arbor, MI 140 0.65 1.25 $64.62 $134,420
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 30 0.38 0.73 $64.44 $134,030

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 120 0.36 0.69 $36.52 $75,950
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.46 0.88 $40.74 $84,730
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 0.49 $34.93 $72,650
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.43 0.82 $31.90 $66,340
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 0.79 $36.71 $76,350

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)
Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.78 1.49 $36.80 $76,550
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.46 0.88 $40.74 $84,730
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.43 0.82 $31.90 $66,340
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 0.79 $36.71 $76,350
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 0.74 $39.22 $81,590

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 0.43 $62.31 $129,610
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.41 $55.46 $115,360
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.28 $54.26 $112,860
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $46.67 $97,080
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $43.47 $90,420


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