Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

17-2141 Mechanical Engineers

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.


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)
252,540 1.5 % $40.75 $84,770 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.01 $31.02 $38.74 $48.38 $58.43
Annual Wage (2) $52,030 $64,530 $80,580 $100,620 $121,530


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 54,770 4.21 $43.15 $89,760
Scientific Research and Development Services 14,470 2.30 $44.97 $93,540
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 12,940 2.63 $43.53 $90,550
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,820 0.58 $44.83 $93,250
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 10,980 2.71 $42.79 $88,990

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 5,120 5.04 $38.31 $79,680
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 4,580 4.37 $35.63 $74,110
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 54,770 4.21 $43.15 $89,760
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 9,430 3.80 $34.34 $71,420
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 700 3.18 $32.46 $67,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 420 0.23 $61.85 $128,650
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil (8) (8) $52.96 $110,150
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $48.62 $101,140
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 210 1.12 $48.16 $100,170
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 220 0.17 $47.84 $99,510


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)
Michigan 30,450 7.77 4.01 $41.48 $86,280
California 23,900 1.67 0.86 $45.39 $94,420
Texas 17,250 1.63 0.84 $44.46 $92,470
Illinois 15,640 2.77 1.43 $43.78 $91,050
Ohio 11,650 2.30 1.19 $36.22 $75,350




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 30,450 7.77 4.01 $41.48 $86,280
South Carolina 6,310 3.51 1.81 $41.15 $85,600
Connecticut 5,650 3.48 1.80 $39.81 $82,800
Indiana 8,730 3.10 1.60 $35.75 $74,360
Illinois 15,640 2.77 1.43 $43.78 $91,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 460 1.44 0.74 $49.92 $103,840
California 23,900 1.67 0.86 $45.39 $94,420
Rhode Island 930 2.06 1.06 $44.63 $92,820
Texas 17,250 1.63 0.84 $44.46 $92,470
Maryland 5,010 1.99 1.03 $44.24 $92,020





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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 15,770 14.71 7.59 $42.89 $89,220
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,570 2.87 1.48 $48.51 $100,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,260 1.62 0.83 $44.58 $92,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,700 1.56 0.81 $39.98 $83,160
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,970 2.84 1.47 $38.93 $80,970
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,340 2.53 1.31 $44.21 $91,960
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,160 1.77 0.91 $49.64 $103,240
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,840 4.27 2.20 $50.83 $105,730
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,720 1.78 0.92 $42.96 $89,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,710 0.72 0.37 $43.92 $91,350