Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

51-9082 Medical Appliance Technicians

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

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)
13,760 7.1 % $18.55 $38,590 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.06 $13.42 $16.83 $21.69 $29.08
Annual Wage (2) $23,000 $27,920 $35,010 $45,120 $60,500


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
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 9,600 $18.28 $38,010
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,220 $19.04 $39,600
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 580 $23.62 $49,130
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 530 $17.72 $36,850
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 450 $18.61 $38,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 $32.31 $67,200
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 580 $23.62 $49,130
Shoe Stores (8) $23.13 $48,110
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 $22.22 $46,220
Offices of Physicians 190 $20.77 $43,190


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
Utah 790 $14.67 $30,520 0.669
Connecticut 510 $18.69 $38,880 0.310
Colorado 410 (8) (8) 0.181
Pennsylvania 960 $17.14 $35,660 0.171
California 2,240 $19.06 $39,640 0.154

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Minnesota 90 $33.12 $68,880 0.036
New Mexico 40 $26.09 $54,270 0.051
Virginia 350 $23.61 $49,100 0.096
Iowa 190 $23.05 $47,940 0.130
Kansas 30 $22.76 $47,340 0.022


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
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 230 $16.38 $34,070 1.285
Salt Lake City, UT 650 (8) (8) 1.060
Iowa City, IA 60 $21.83 $45,410 0.772
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 220 $17.31 $36,000 0.525
Peoria, IL 90 $18.38 $38,230 0.500

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 $36.27 $75,430 0.027
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 80 $30.63 $63,710 0.049
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) $27.64 $57,490 (8)
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 60 $27.46 $57,110 0.183
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) $23.15 $48,150 (8)


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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010