Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
14,640 8.2 % $18.76 $39,020 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.77 $13.31 $16.77 $21.99 $29.89
Annual Wage (2) $22,400 $27,680 $34,890 $45,730 $62,160


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 7,460 2.44 $18.77 $39,040
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,330 0.13 $18.00 $37,430
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,220 0.30 $17.02 $35,390
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 810 0.13 $18.33 $38,140
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 600 0.01 $21.72 $45,180

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 7,460 2.44 $18.77 $39,040
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,220 0.30 $17.02 $35,390
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,330 0.13 $18.00 $37,430
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 810 0.13 $18.33 $38,140
Consumer Goods Rental 60 0.04 $17.80 $37,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 170 0.02 $30.41 $63,250
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $24.65 $51,260
Offices of Physicians 590 0.02 $24.38 $50,720
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 600 0.01 $21.72 $45,180
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 270 0.03 $20.20 $42,010


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 1,650 0.11 1.00 $23.35 $48,580
Pennsylvania 960 0.17 1.59 $17.19 $35,750
New Jersey 940 0.24 2.27 $20.36 $42,340
New York 720 0.08 0.75 $17.03 $35,410
Texas 710 0.06 0.58 $20.18 $41,970




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)
New Jersey 940 0.24 2.27 $20.36 $42,340
Minnesota 640 0.23 2.19 $17.98 $37,400
Maryland 520 0.20 1.90 $16.26 $33,820
Utah 240 0.18 1.71 $14.35 $29,840
Wisconsin 460 0.17 1.57 $16.79 $34,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 90 0.05 0.51 $26.29 $54,680
Nebraska (8) (8) (8) $24.59 $51,150
Nevada 90 0.07 0.67 $23.62 $49,140
California 1,650 0.11 1.00 $23.35 $48,580
Washington 130 0.04 0.40 $22.75 $47,330





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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 700 0.11 1.02 $20.92 $43,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 610 0.32 3.06 $17.71 $36,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.12 1.12 $21.16 $44,020
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 340 0.26 2.42 $13.45 $27,990
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 0.87 $19.98 $41,550
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 310 0.31 2.94 $15.89 $33,040
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.25 2.40 $18.75 $39,000
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 250 0.18 1.73 $26.65 $55,440
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 240 0.21 1.96 $16.05 $33,390
Syracuse, NY 230 0.78 7.34 $17.34 $36,070




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)
Syracuse, NY 230 0.78 7.34 $17.34 $36,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 610 0.32 3.06 $17.71 $36,840
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 310 0.31 2.94 $15.89 $33,040
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 190 0.31 2.94 $15.95 $33,180
Salt Lake City, UT 190 0.29 2.71 $13.18 $27,410
Salisbury, MD-DE 40 0.29 2.76 $12.14 $25,250
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 340 0.26 2.42 $13.45 $27,990
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.25 2.40 $18.75 $39,000
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 130 0.23 2.16 $23.18 $48,210
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 240 0.21 1.96 $16.05 $33,390




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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.43 $36.96 $76,880
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 40 0.21 1.96 $28.34 $58,950
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 250 0.18 1.73 $26.65 $55,440
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.09 0.84 $25.75 $53,560
St. Louis, MO-IL 50 0.04 0.35 $25.65 $53,340
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $25.39 $52,810
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) (8) (8) $25.07 $52,150
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.49 $25.00 $52,000
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $24.85 $51,680
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 120 0.09 0.86 $24.25 $50,440


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