Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

51-9082 Medical Appliance Technicians

Construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices, such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.


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)
13,320 4.8 % $18.38 $38,220 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.96 $13.46 $17.09 $21.74 $27.68
Annual Wage (2) $22,800 $27,990 $35,540 $45,230 $57,570


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)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 7,490 2.45 $18.11 $37,670
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,590 0.16 $17.53 $36,470
Offices of Physicians 760 0.03 $17.95 $37,330
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 740 0.12 $18.96 $39,440
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 680 0.01 $19.66 $40,890

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 7,490 2.45 $18.11 $37,670
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 680 0.17 $16.96 $35,270
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,590 0.16 $17.53 $36,470
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 740 0.12 $18.96 $39,440
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 390 0.05 $20.36 $42,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $24.02 $49,960
Outpatient Care Centers 110 0.02 $23.81 $49,520
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $23.80 $49,510
Scientific Research and Development Services 260 0.04 $21.20 $44,090
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 390 0.05 $20.36 $42,340


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)
Pennsylvania 1,640 0.29 2.91 $17.55 $36,500
California 1,150 0.08 0.77 $20.91 $43,480
Texas 1,140 0.10 1.04 $18.72 $38,940
New York 930 0.11 1.07 $17.30 $35,980
Florida 660 0.09 0.88 $18.90 $39,320




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)
Utah 540 0.43 4.31 $15.80 $32,870
Pennsylvania 1,640 0.29 2.91 $17.55 $36,500
Arizona 560 0.23 2.27 $15.76 $32,790
West Virginia 100 0.14 1.43 $17.09 $35,540
South Carolina 250 0.14 1.35 $18.32 $38,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 90 0.10 0.99 $27.81 $57,850
Kentucky (8) (8) (8) $27.19 $56,560
Michigan 500 0.13 1.25 $22.22 $46,210
Massachusetts 330 0.10 1.02 $21.72 $45,170
Missouri 190 0.07 0.70 $21.62 $44,960





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)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 650 0.35 3.49 $18.55 $38,590
Pittsburgh, PA 580 0.51 5.11 $16.38 $34,070
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 550 0.15 1.49 $17.69 $36,800
Salt Lake City, UT 490 0.76 7.59 $15.38 $31,990
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 400 0.22 2.23 $15.68 $32,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 380 0.17 1.65 $18.49 $38,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.08 0.80 $17.84 $37,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 300 0.17 1.67 $19.33 $40,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 300 0.14 1.38 (8) (8)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 290 0.11 1.06 $20.68 $43,020




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)
Salt Lake City, UT 490 0.76 7.59 $15.38 $31,990
Reading, PA 90 0.55 5.43 $16.98 $35,320
Pittsburgh, PA 580 0.51 5.11 $16.38 $34,070
Springfield, MO 80 0.44 4.34 $22.01 $45,790
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 650 0.35 3.49 $18.55 $38,590
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 60 0.33 3.25 $24.38 $50,720
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 50 0.32 3.23 $23.48 $48,830
Lancaster, PA 70 0.30 2.99 $14.66 $30,500
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 400 0.22 2.23 $15.68 $32,610
Worcester, MA-CT 40 0.17 1.73 $24.03 $49,980




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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.82 $72,430
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.45 $29.53 $61,430
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 70 0.14 1.44 $28.14 $58,530
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 50 0.05 0.54 $25.84 $53,740
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 60 0.15 1.52 $24.41 $50,770
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 60 0.33 3.25 $24.38 $50,720
Worcester, MA-CT 40 0.17 1.73 $24.03 $49,980
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 50 0.32 3.23 $23.48 $48,830
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.11 1.05 $23.19 $48,230
Tyler, TX (8) (8) (8) $22.32 $46,430

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.35 $16.37 $34,040

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.35 $16.37 $34,040

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.35 $16.37 $34,040


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.

(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 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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