Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

17-2011 Aerospace Engineers

Perform a variety of engineering work in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
70,570 5.6 % $46.29 $96,270 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.61 $35.89 $45.57 $55.83 $66.22
Annual Wage (2) $59,500 $74,650 $94,780 $116,140 $137,730


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 28,920 $42.18 $87,730
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,770 $46.92 $97,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,910 $52.32 $108,820
Scientific Research and Development Services 8,250 $52.29 $108,760
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 5,650 $47.08 $97,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 130 $56.24 $116,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,910 $52.32 $108,820
Scientific Research and Development Services 8,250 $52.29 $108,760
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 2,220 $50.65 $105,350
Employment Services 850 $49.79 $103,560


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Kansas 3,320 $42.20 $87,780 2.462
Washington 6,550 $44.33 $92,210 2.349
Connecticut 2,320 $41.12 $85,530 1.410
Alabama 2,450 $49.29 $102,510 1.317
Maryland 2,690 $55.44 $115,310 1.076

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Maryland 2,690 $55.44 $115,310 1.076
District of Columbia 370 $53.50 $111,280 0.578
California 15,400 $51.78 $107,710 1.060
Virginia 2,270 $51.69 $107,510 0.633
Massachusetts 930 $50.00 $104,000 0.295


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Huntsville, AL 2,200 $50.11 $104,230 10.707
Wichita, KS 3,150 $42.33 $88,040 10.645
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,450 $44.05 $91,620 7.419
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 6,270 $44.30 $92,140 4.464
Boulder, CO 440 $46.45 $96,610 2.801

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 170 $61.28 $127,470 0.138
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,090 $57.91 $120,460 1.226
Baltimore-Towson, MD 790 $55.26 $114,950 0.624
Albuquerque, NM 400 $54.89 $114,170 1.055
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 500 $54.03 $112,390 0.501


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010