Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-2071 Electrical Engineers

Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. Excludes "Computer Hardware Engineers" (17-2061).


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)
148,770 1.4 % $42.20 $87,770 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.98 $32.16 $40.65 $50.89 $61.83
Annual Wage (2) $54,030 $66,880 $84,540 $105,860 $128,610


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 33,500 2.62 $42.34 $88,070
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 15,360 3.80 $44.18 $91,900
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 14,840 3.75 $41.05 $85,370
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 10,550 2.87 $45.52 $94,670
Scientific Research and Development Services 8,090 1.32 $45.41 $94,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 15,360 3.80 $44.18 $91,900
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 14,840 3.75 $41.05 $85,370
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 4,220 3.72 $41.87 $87,090
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 10,550 2.87 $45.52 $94,670
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 33,500 2.62 $42.34 $88,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 170 0.05 $55.15 $114,700
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 190 0.09 $53.73 $111,750
Support Activities for Mining 420 0.16 $53.07 $110,390
Oil and Gas Extraction 150 0.10 $52.46 $109,110
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.44 $47.31 $98,400


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 18,320 1.31 1.12 $47.66 $99,120
Texas 10,750 1.07 0.91 $43.43 $90,340
New York 8,750 1.05 0.90 $41.93 $87,220
Massachusetts 7,700 2.47 2.11 $49.69 $103,350
Florida 7,170 1.01 0.86 $38.40 $79,880




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)
Alaska 810 2.64 2.26 $49.10 $102,120
Massachusetts 7,700 2.47 2.11 $49.69 $103,350
Idaho 1,440 2.42 2.07 $42.23 $87,850
Alabama 4,000 2.21 1.89 $40.91 $85,080
Delaware 840 2.12 1.81 $41.84 $87,030




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 7,700 2.47 2.11 $49.69 $103,350
Alaska 810 2.64 2.26 $49.10 $102,120
California 18,320 1.31 1.12 $47.66 $99,120
District of Columbia 450 0.70 0.60 $47.44 $98,670
Maine 370 0.63 0.54 $46.13 $95,940

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 5,050 1.32 1.13 $44.31 $92,170
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,500 2.72 2.32 $51.50 $107,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,410 5.15 4.40 $52.82 $109,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,850 1.92 1.64 $46.23 $96,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,800 1.66 1.42 $48.02 $99,880
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,650 0.73 0.63 $44.38 $92,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,430 2.04 1.74 $41.77 $86,880
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 3,170 0.90 0.77 $42.40 $88,190
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,760 1.64 1.40 $45.98 $95,640
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,650 1.06 0.91 $43.55 $90,580




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)
Binghamton, NY 1,400 13.10 11.19 $40.66 $84,580
Kokomo, IN 320 8.39 7.17 $42.58 $88,560
Huntsville, AL 1,690 8.34 7.12 $44.55 $92,660
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,450 7.65 6.54 $42.79 $89,010
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 730 6.41 5.48 $51.01 $106,100
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 710 5.55 4.74 $48.21 $100,270
Jackson, MI 270 5.45 4.66 $34.40 $71,550
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,410 5.15 4.40 $52.82 $109,860
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 770 4.95 4.23 $48.75 $101,400
Tucson, AZ 1,580 4.56 3.89 $46.52 $96,770




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)
Sherman-Denison, TX 40 0.89 0.76 $59.45 $123,650
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 860 1.05 0.90 $58.01 $120,670
Wilmington, NC 80 0.56 0.48 $55.77 $116,010
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $54.29 $112,930
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 320 1.92 1.64 $54.19 $112,720
Boulder, CO (8) (8) (8) $53.35 $110,970
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,410 5.15 4.40 $52.82 $109,860
Lexington-Fayette, KY 250 1.04 0.89 $52.12 $108,400
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,500 2.72 2.32 $51.50 $107,120
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 730 6.41 5.48 $51.01 $106,100

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)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 520 11.01 9.40 $46.88 $97,500
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 420 5.96 5.09 $52.97 $110,190
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 300 2.88 2.46 $42.08 $87,540
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 290 1.71 1.46 $37.25 $77,480
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 270 2.16 1.85 $37.73 $78,480

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)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 520 11.01 9.40 $46.88 $97,500
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 420 5.96 5.09 $52.97 $110,190
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 230 5.66 4.84 $47.09 $97,950
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 150 3.02 2.58 $43.68 $90,850
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 170 2.93 2.51 (8) (8)

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 420 5.96 5.09 $52.97 $110,190
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $51.57 $107,270
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.60 0.51 $51.09 $106,260
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 0.53 $48.59 $101,080
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.20 $47.59 $98,980


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