Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Architects, Except Landscape and Naval ; Landscape Architects ; Cartographers and Photogrammetrists ; Surveyors ; Aerospace Engineers ; Agricultural Engineers ; Biomedical Engineers ; Chemical Engineers ; Civil Engineers ; Computer Hardware Engineers ; Electrical Engineers ; Electronics Engineers, Except Computer ; Environmental Engineers ; Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors ; Industrial Engineers ; Marine Engineers and Naval Architects ; Materials Engineers ; Mechanical Engineers ; Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers ; Nuclear Engineers ; Petroleum Engineers ; Engineers, All Other ; Architectural and Civil Drafters ; Electrical and Electronics Drafters ; Mechanical Drafters ; Drafters, All Other ; Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians ; Civil Engineering Technicians ; Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians ; Electro-Mechanical Technicians ; Environmental Engineering Technicians ; Industrial Engineering Technicians ; Mechanical Engineering Technicians ; Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other ; Surveying and Mapping Technicians


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,310,830 0.5 % $37.08 $77,120 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.06 $25.58 $34.65 $45.78 $57.87
Annual Wage (2) $39,640 $53,220 $72,070 $95,230 $120,380


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 632,070 48.98 $35.02 $72,840
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 129,530 6.28 $45.04 $93,670
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 98,420 20.80 $41.98 $87,310
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 89,020 21.91 $39.37 $81,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 88,960 14.11 $43.77 $91,050

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 632,070 48.98 $35.02 $72,840
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 28,130 24.89 $39.92 $83,040
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 88,280 23.27 $38.51 $80,100
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 89,020 21.91 $39.37 $81,890
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 98,420 20.80 $41.98 $87,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 24,880 15.31 $62.50 $130,010
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 60 0.01 $53.28 $110,820
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 140 0.10 $50.90 $105,870
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 9,360 8.47 $50.37 $104,780
Depository Credit Intermediation 130 0.01 $48.58 $101,040


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 305,580 21.77 1.21 $43.31 $90,080
Texas 215,870 20.95 1.16 $39.84 $82,870
Michigan 116,130 30.33 1.68 $35.50 $73,850
Florida 101,390 14.18 0.79 $32.76 $68,140
Pennsylvania 95,430 17.20 0.95 $34.67 $72,120




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)
Michigan 116,130 30.33 1.68 $35.50 $73,850
Washington 75,310 27.68 1.54 $39.41 $81,970
Alaska 8,580 27.39 1.52 $44.44 $92,430
New Mexico 20,160 25.93 1.44 $38.10 $79,250
Colorado 50,880 23.35 1.30 $38.94 $81,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 13,230 20.52 1.14 $47.16 $98,090
Alaska 8,580 27.39 1.52 $44.44 $92,430
California 305,580 21.77 1.21 $43.31 $90,080
Maryland 56,990 22.97 1.28 $41.27 $85,850
Texas 215,870 20.95 1.16 $39.84 $82,870





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 77,820 30.50 1.69 $45.82 $95,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 70,380 18.41 1.02 $43.49 $90,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 54,890 23.76 1.32 $45.51 $94,650
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 51,080 58.28 3.24 $49.49 $102,940
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 49,060 13.69 0.76 $35.67 $74,200
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 48,070 46.33 2.57 $38.19 $79,440
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 48,010 35.05 1.95 $40.60 $84,450
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 45,940 22.47 1.25 $39.84 $82,880
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 41,350 8.17 0.45 $38.44 $79,960
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 40,470 24.15 1.34 $41.01 $85,300