Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
2,356,530 0.5 % $37.98 $79,000 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.45 $26.16 $35.35 $46.81 $59.52
Annual Wage (2) $40,450 $54,420 $73,540 $97,370 $123,810


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 631,640 48.59 $35.67 $74,200
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 126,820 6.21 $45.47 $94,570
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 103,730 21.05 $42.66 $88,730
Scientific Research and Development Services 99,040 15.72 $44.78 $93,150
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 96,530 24.98 $39.18 $81,490

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 631,640 48.59 $35.67 $74,200
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 96,530 24.98 $39.18 $81,490
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 27,500 24.63 $40.76 $84,770
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 88,480 21.86 $39.93 $83,050
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 103,730 21.05 $42.66 $88,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 30,760 16.94 $67.65 $140,710
Other Financial Investment Activities 440 0.12 $56.00 $116,470
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 80 0.02 $54.13 $112,590
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 10,360 9.33 $51.19 $106,480
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 30 0.03 $51.03 $106,140


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 315,670 22.07 1.22 $44.03 $91,590
Texas 227,940 21.55 1.19 $41.92 $87,190
Michigan 117,880 30.08 1.66 $35.64 $74,140
Florida 98,430 13.53 0.75 $33.41 $69,490
New York 96,990 11.35 0.63 $37.05 $77,070




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 117,880 30.08 1.66 $35.64 $74,140
Washington 75,980 27.49 1.52 $40.30 $83,830
Alaska 8,650 27.13 1.50 $45.66 $94,960
New Mexico 20,860 26.96 1.49 $38.28 $79,620
Maryland 58,320 23.23 1.28 $42.32 $88,020




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 13,780 21.08 1.17 $47.13 $98,020
Alaska 8,650 27.13 1.50 $45.66 $94,960
California 315,670 22.07 1.22 $44.03 $91,590
Maryland 58,320 23.23 1.28 $42.32 $88,020
Texas 227,940 21.55 1.19 $41.92 $87,190





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 86,380 32.71 1.81 $48.88 $101,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 71,400 18.44 1.02 $44.05 $91,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 55,730 23.78 1.31 $46.73 $97,200
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 51,850 57.70 3.19 $50.73 $105,520
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 49,290 34.97 1.93 $41.61 $86,550
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 48,970 13.45 0.74 $36.07 $75,010
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 48,070 44.84 2.48 $37.66 $78,330
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 46,470 22.16 1.23 $40.32 $83,860
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 43,200 8.38 0.46 $39.82 $82,830
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 39,690 23.19 1.28 $41.88 $87,100