Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-2011 Aerospace Engineers

Perform engineering duties 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
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)
78,450 6.0 % $47.59 $99,000 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.14 $36.75 $46.86 $57.83 $68.92
Annual Wage (2) $60,620 $76,440 $97,480 $120,290 $143,360


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)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 28,710 5.97 $42.86 $89,150
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,150 0.95 $48.38 $100,640
Scientific Research and Development Services 10,820 1.76 $51.37 $106,840
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,220 0.45 $53.26 $110,780
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 6,180 1.53 $48.84 $101,580

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 28,710 5.97 $42.86 $89,150
Scientific Research and Development Services 10,820 1.76 $51.37 $106,840
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 6,180 1.53 $48.84 $101,580
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,150 0.95 $48.38 $100,640
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,220 0.45 $53.26 $110,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 110 0.02 $56.94 $118,420
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 50 0.11 $54.95 $114,300
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $54.70 $113,780
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,220 0.45 $53.26 $110,780
Communications Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $53.07 $110,380


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 19,460 1.39 2.25 $52.28 $108,750
Texas 8,750 0.87 1.41 $47.02 $97,800
Washington 6,460 2.40 3.89 $45.71 $95,080
Florida 3,840 0.54 0.88 $43.15 $89,740
Virginia 3,530 1.00 1.62 $55.90 $116,280




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)
Washington 6,460 2.40 3.89 $45.71 $95,080
Kansas 2,720 2.09 3.38 $43.47 $90,420
Alabama 3,010 1.67 2.70 $54.63 $113,630
Connecticut 2,270 1.42 2.30 $41.88 $87,120
California 19,460 1.39 2.25 $52.28 $108,750




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 3,040 1.24 2.00 $56.32 $117,160
Virginia 3,530 1.00 1.62 $55.90 $116,280
District of Columbia 380 0.59 0.95 $55.38 $115,180
Alabama 3,010 1.67 2.70 $54.63 $113,630
California 19,460 1.39 2.25 $52.28 $108,750

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,240 2.42 3.92 $53.78 $111,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,250 1.70 2.76 $47.30 $98,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,930 1.72 2.78 $57.20 $118,980
Huntsville, AL 2,830 13.97 22.64 $55.27 $114,960
Wichita, KS 2,590 9.29 15.06 $43.54 $90,560
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,810 2.11 3.42 $58.96 $122,650
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,730 3.17 5.13 $42.41 $88,220
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,720 1.39 2.25 $46.93 $97,620
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,480 0.88 1.42 $38.27 $79,610
Denver-Aurora, CO 1,310 1.10 1.79 $51.17 $106,440




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)
Huntsville, AL 2,830 13.97 22.64 $55.27 $114,960
Wichita, KS 2,590 9.29 15.06 $43.54 $90,560
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 990 5.21 8.44 $45.01 $93,620
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,730 3.17 5.13 $42.41 $88,220
Colorado Springs, CO 680 2.82 4.56 $46.24 $96,180
Boulder, CO 410 2.67 4.32 $46.79 $97,330
Warner Robins, GA 140 2.49 4.03 $41.67 $86,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,240 2.42 3.92 $53.78 $111,870
Bakersfield, CA 600 2.39 3.87 $46.36 $96,430
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 390 2.35 3.80 $50.71 $105,480




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)
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $76.97 $160,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,810 2.11 3.42 $58.96 $122,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,930 1.72 2.78 $57.20 $118,980
Albuquerque, NM 410 1.11 1.79 $56.03 $116,540
Baltimore-Towson, MD 880 0.71 1.16 $55.44 $115,310
Huntsville, AL 2,830 13.97 22.64 $55.27 $114,960
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $54.10 $112,530
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 40 0.08 0.13 $54.09 $112,510
Birmingham-Hoover, AL (8) (8) (8) $53.89 $112,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,240 2.42 3.92 $53.78 $111,870

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 890 21.49 34.81 $50.47 $104,980
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 320 2.61 4.22 $39.62 $82,400
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 1.00 1.62 $44.72 $93,010
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.67 1.08 $37.24 $77,450

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 890 21.49 34.81 $50.47 $104,980
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 320 2.61 4.22 $39.62 $82,400
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 1.00 1.62 $44.72 $93,010
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.67 1.08 $37.24 $77,450

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 890 21.49 34.81 $50.47 $104,980
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 1.00 1.62 $44.72 $93,010
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 320 2.61 4.22 $39.62 $82,400
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.67 1.08 $37.24 $77,450


About May 2010 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011