Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-3024 Electro-Mechanical Technicians

Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.


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)
15,970 3.8 % $24.60 $51,160 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.05 $19.03 $23.82 $29.52 $35.33
Annual Wage (2) $31,310 $39,590 $49,550 $61,400 $73,490


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)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,770 0.44 $23.00 $47,830
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,650 0.13 $25.64 $53,330
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,570 0.43 $22.77 $47,370
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 1,280 1.13 $21.86 $45,470
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,190 0.19 $27.60 $57,420

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 90 1.31 $29.98 $62,370
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 1,280 1.13 $21.86 $45,470
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,770 0.44 $23.00 $47,830
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,570 0.43 $22.77 $47,370
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 330 0.21 $21.61 $44,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 110 0.07 $46.18 $96,060
Support Activities for Mining 120 0.05 $30.98 $64,440
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 500 0.13 $30.33 $63,080
Other Pipeline Transportation 90 1.31 $29.98 $62,370
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 340 0.07 $29.62 $61,620


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 3,040 0.22 1.73 $24.51 $50,990
New Mexico 1,450 1.87 14.85 $27.59 $57,400
Massachusetts 1,210 0.39 3.10 $25.05 $52,110
Pennsylvania 1,060 0.19 1.54 $21.57 $44,860
Virginia 830 0.24 1.87 $24.26 $50,460




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 Mexico 1,450 1.87 14.85 $27.59 $57,400
Massachusetts 1,210 0.39 3.10 $25.05 $52,110
Alaska 120 0.38 3.00 $43.99 $91,510
Virginia 830 0.24 1.87 $24.26 $50,460
New Jersey 830 0.22 1.74 $19.56 $40,690




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 120 0.38 3.00 $43.99 $91,510
Idaho (8) (8) (8) $30.39 $63,220
Iowa (8) (8) (8) $30.00 $62,400
Washington 310 0.12 0.92 $28.30 $58,870
Illinois 710 0.13 1.02 $27.86 $57,950

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)
Albuquerque, NM 1,080 2.91 23.17 $27.69 $57,600
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 690 0.56 4.46 $24.79 $51,570
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 610 0.37 2.92 $26.37 $54,850
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 380 0.45 3.56 $26.74 $55,610
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.27 2.18 $20.69 $43,040
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.34 2.67 $23.94 $49,790
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 290 0.29 2.27 $31.42 $65,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.07 0.58 $24.97 $51,930
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 270 0.08 0.62 $26.73 $55,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 270 0.13 1.00 $24.66 $51,280




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)
Albuquerque, NM 1,080 2.91 23.17 $27.69 $57,600
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 140 0.91 7.26 $21.83 $45,400
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 690 0.56 4.46 $24.79 $51,570
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 120 0.47 3.76 $19.30 $40,140
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 380 0.45 3.56 $26.74 $55,610
Binghamton, NY 50 0.44 3.49 $20.53 $42,700
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 610 0.37 2.92 $26.37 $54,850
Springfield, MA-CT 100 0.36 2.86 $23.23 $48,310
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 40 0.35 2.76 $24.55 $51,060
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.34 2.67 $23.94 $49,790




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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 290 0.29 2.27 $31.42 $65,340
Green Bay, WI (8) (8) (8) $29.35 $61,040
Dayton, OH 50 0.13 1.00 $27.91 $58,050
Albuquerque, NM 1,080 2.91 23.17 $27.69 $57,600
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 260 0.11 0.84 $27.42 $57,020
Denver-Aurora, CO 70 0.06 0.44 $27.38 $56,960
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 250 0.11 0.88 $27.21 $56,610
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 30 0.04 0.30 $27.18 $56,530
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 190 0.24 1.88 $26.84 $55,830
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 380 0.45 3.56 $26.74 $55,610

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.60 12.73 $44.01 $91,550
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.31 $16.32 $33,940

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.60 12.73 $44.01 $91,550
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.31 $16.32 $33,940

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 110 1.60 12.73 $44.01 $91,550
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.39 $63,220
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.59 $59,460
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.31 $16.32 $33,940


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:

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May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011