Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

17-2072 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls. 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)
134,960 1.8 % $45.79 $95,250 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.11 $34.85 $44.14 $55.35 $67.88
Annual Wage (2) $58,470 $72,490 $91,820 $115,120 $141,190


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 17,090 0.84 $49.14 $102,220
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 15,820 1.22 $48.17 $100,180
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 15,310 2.65 $40.13 $83,470
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 13,260 3.43 $47.89 $99,620
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 8,310 2.05 $45.39 $94,420

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 5,560 4.98 $47.83 $99,490
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 6,840 4.18 $43.79 $91,080
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 13,260 3.43 $47.89 $99,620
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 15,310 2.65 $40.13 $83,470
Other Telecommunications 2,580 2.42 $41.34 $85,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 110 0.04 $59.14 $123,010
Other Information Services 180 0.11 $56.94 $118,440
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 70 0.01 $55.25 $114,910
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,470 0.50 $53.12 $110,480
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 210 0.03 $51.20 $106,500


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 30,140 2.11 2.03 $51.66 $107,450
Texas 11,640 1.10 1.06 $45.19 $94,000
Florida 5,200 0.71 0.69 $40.62 $84,480
Massachusetts 5,100 1.59 1.54 $52.43 $109,050
Maryland 5,030 2.00 1.93 $50.37 $104,780




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)
Rhode Island 1,150 2.55 2.46 $52.98 $110,190
California 30,140 2.11 2.03 $51.66 $107,450
Maryland 5,030 2.00 1.93 $50.37 $104,780
Colorado 4,340 1.95 1.88 $43.82 $91,140
New Mexico 1,380 1.78 1.72 $47.47 $98,730




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 750 1.14 1.10 $54.22 $112,770
Rhode Island 1,150 2.55 2.46 $52.98 $110,190
Massachusetts 5,100 1.59 1.54 $52.43 $109,050
California 30,140 2.11 2.03 $51.66 $107,450
Maryland 5,030 2.00 1.93 $50.37 $104,780





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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,040 8.95 8.64 $59.63 $124,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,040 1.56 1.51 $48.26 $100,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,570 2.18 2.10 $46.68 $97,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,110 1.75 1.69 $52.37 $108,930
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,610 2.56 2.47 $50.02 $104,030
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,420 2.71 2.62 $50.15 $104,320
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,310 1.93 1.87 $53.77 $111,830
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,300 1.91 1.84 $42.80 $89,020
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,270 0.90 0.87 $39.44 $82,030
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,900 2.36 2.28 $42.14 $87,660




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)
Warner Robins, GA 1,150 20.76 20.04 $40.67 $84,600
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,040 8.95 8.64 $59.63 $124,030
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,070 5.61 5.42 $38.79 $80,680
Huntsville, AL 1,110 5.45 5.26 $50.43 $104,880
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 400 5.37 5.19 $44.55 $92,670
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 1,480 5.12 4.94 $50.16 $104,330
Pocatello, ID 150 4.45 4.30 $45.48 $94,600
Las Cruces, NM 280 4.16 4.01 $41.94 $87,240
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 470 4.03 3.89 $49.45 $102,850
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 740 3.74 3.61 $41.61 $86,540




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)
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 250 1.92 1.86 $60.00 $124,790
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 60 0.73 0.70 $59.87 $124,530
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,040 8.95 8.64 $59.63 $124,030
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 90 0.36 0.34 $58.80 $122,310
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 530 1.56 1.51 $55.96 $116,400
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.26 1.22 $54.49 $113,350
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $54.28 $112,910
Corvallis, OR 60 1.72 1.66 $53.95 $112,210
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,310 1.93 1.87 $53.77 $111,830
Worcester, MA-CT 240 1.00 0.96 $53.70 $111,690

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 1,550 35.36 34.13 $53.25 $110,750
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 750 4.76 4.59 (8) (8)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 430 9.03 8.71 $54.57 $113,510
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 0.93 0.90 $43.31 $90,080
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.80 0.77 $38.55 $80,190

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 1,550 35.36 34.13 $53.25 $110,750
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 430 9.03 8.71 $54.57 $113,510
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 750 4.76 4.59 (8) (8)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 0.93 0.90 $43.31 $90,080
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 0.78 $40.69 $84,630

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)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 430 9.03 8.71 $54.57 $113,510
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 1,550 35.36 34.13 $53.25 $110,750
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.47 0.45 $49.34 $102,630
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 0.44 $47.31 $98,410
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 0.41 $44.81 $93,200


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013